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1980 Ford Pinto Station Wagon Vehicle Profile

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1980 Ford Pinto
Ford Pinto
The Pinto was introduced on September 11, 1970. The AMC Gremlin was the first to arrive on the market six months before the Pinto, and the Chevrolet Vega was introduced the day before the Pinto. Both the Pinto and the Vega were new, but the Pinto used powertrains proven in Europe from the European Ford Escort, while the Vega's innovative aluminum engine would prove troublesome. The Gremlin was designed around a six-cylinder engine, and was derived largely by truncating the rear body from the compact-class AMC Hornet to achieve its short length, Ford President Lee Iacocca wanted a 1971 model that weighed less than 2,000 pounds and that would be priced at less than $2,000. A team of stylist at Ford was assigned to design the Pinto's exterior and interior instead of using the European Ford Escort. The clay models of the Pinto was finalized in December 1968 after which Eidschun left Ford to join Chrysler, as a studio Designer Manager. Ford North America's decision to create an all-new vehicle instead of integrating a design from international corporate resources paralleled GM North America's approach when creating the Chevrolet Vega - opting not to use the established Vauxhall Viva or Opel Kadett marketed at the time at GM dealerships in Canada, and ÚSA Buick dealerships from 1967. Designers working on products intended for North America had more freedom with exterior dimensions and engine sizes in relation to Japanese counterparts, where those criteria were dictated by Japanese government regulations. Typically, Detroit manufacturers created products that emulated import aspects with market-driven improvements. While the previously introduced Ford Maverick offered either straight-6 or V8 engine and a front bench seat, the Pinto offered an inline-4 engine, and bucket seats - more in keeping with small imports such as the Volkswagen Beetle, available since 1949, the Toyota Corolla, introduced to North America March 1968, and the newly introduced Datsun 1200 which appeared in 1970. Compared with imports, seating was low to the floor. Styling somewhat resembled the larger Ford Maverick in grille and tail light themes, but with a fast-back profile. The car's mechanical design was conventional, with unibody construction, a longitudinally mounted engine in front driving the rear wheels through either a manual or automatic transmission and live axle rear end. Suspension was by unequal-length control arms with front coil springs; the live rear axle was suspended on leaf springs. The rack-and-pinion steering had optional power assist, as did the brakes.

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1980 Ford Pinto Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1980 sales)
1980 FORD PINTO
Chassis#: 0X10A153594
Sold for USD$8,800
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1980 Ford Pinto
Sold for USD$22,000
  2013 Mecum - Kansas City Spring 2013
 
1980 Ford Pinto
Sold for USD$3,500
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 
1980 Ford Pinto
Sold for USD$385
  2007 RM Auctions - The Fawcett Movie Cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1980 Ford Pinto's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1980 Ford Pinto 2021 Mecum : Kissimmee$7,000  
1980 Ford Pinto 2013 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$11,000  

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1980 Ford Pinto

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