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Dec
15
1979 Ford Pinto Rallye

The Rallye Pack was one of three option packages that allowed buyers to dress up their 1979-1980 Ford Pintos.

A popular piece of career advice is to dress for the job you want, not the one you have. So, if you’re the associate assistant manager but you want to be the assistant manager, you probably want to show up for work in a tie and possibly a jacket, even (perhaps especially) if your peers aren’t doing so.

Jan
25

1973 Ford Pinto

Inflation can play tricks on you. Look at the ad above and try not to feel nostalgic for new cars that could be had for less than $3,000. Truth is, assuming you could find a stripped model like the one above, and that you didn’t overpay for the Rusty Jones undercoating, you probably could sneak out the door with a Pinto “2-door sedan” for right around three large.

Jun
15
McIntosh, Dolly Parton, and the Ford Pinto

1971 Ford Pinto

As the tragic film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? hit theaters in 1969, Ford engineers were working on a new car called the Pinto. Oh, the irony. . . . Though it wasn’t stylish or powerful enough to be considered a “pony car,” Pinto was one little horse you wanted to shoot in the head.

Jul
08
Cheapest American Cars of 1980

1980 Mercury Bobcat

There are few emotional influences more powerful than nostalgia. To hear my mother tell it, for example, everything was better in the old country. Given the fact that mom’s childhood home lacked electricity, indoor plumbing, and access to Netflix, I’m pretty sure the fog of time is clouding her judgement somewhat.

Feb
18
Briggs & Stratton Hybrid

Briggs & Stratton Hybrid

Forgotten ConceptsThis is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

Oct
02
1978 Ford Granada (left) and 2017 Ford Fusion, Power-to-Weight Ratio

1978 Ford Granada (left) and 2017 Ford Fusion

It will come as no surprise to you that cars have gotten heavier as of late. There’s good reason for that. Things like side-impact protection, rollover protection, crush zones, and designed-in protections against partial-offset collisions (and other specific impacts studied by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) all add considerable bulk to a given vehicle. Power-to-weight ratio.

Sep
28
1979 Oldsmobile Starfire

1979 Oldsmobile Starfire

By 1979, there was light visible at the end of the tunnel for performance-car enthusiasts. Though horsepower was still wanting in most cases, cars were growing leaner, and arguably better built.

Jun
28
1971 Pontiac LeMans, Slowest Cars of 1971

1971 Pontiac LeMans

A few readers who checked out our Fastest Cars of 1971 post expressed some dismay—and incredulity—that all of ranked vehicles posted 0-60-mph times within just one second of each other. In fact, those cars all posted times within half a second of each other.

Apr
19
1979 Ford Pinto, Economy-Car

1979 Ford Pinto

Have you noticed that the term “economy car” seems to have fallen out of common use in recent years? We think there’s good reason for that. With the average transaction price of a new vehicle hovering around $36,000, and the even the least-expensive new rides going for $18,000 or better, there isn’t much out there that feels economical.

Feb
02
Ford Mustang Grandé, The Sporty Compacts of 1973

1973 Ford Mustang Grandé

This quote from Consumer Guide’s ’73 Auto Test magazine says almost everything you need to know about the performance potential of the vehicles discussed below:

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