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The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

The Ford Pinto Controversy: Info for Young Car Collectors

'76 Ford PintoAs car collectors get younger, their car awareness does not include newsworthy events that predate the 1980s. This means that the newest car collectors do not know much, if anything, about the events surrounding the Ford Pinto. Since very few people drove the Pinto after the recalls in the 1970s, young car collectors have never seen them on the roads. There are not any celebrities who currently drive Pintos so they are not discussed on celebrity blogs. It’s almost as if the Ford Pinto has been successfully buried by those who do not want to show the flaws of the earlier days in the automotive industry.

Cars that Disappointed

Cars that Disappointed

1981 DeloreanIn the world of automobiles, there are hits and misses. Usually the hits last for many years, like the Chevy Corvette, Chevy Camaro, and the Ford Mustang. When the misses arrive, they may not be immediately evident, but eventually, someone will discover the flaws. These are a few of the most disappointing cars to ever hit the showrooms floors:

1961 Chevy Corvair. This car was a hit at first. Who didn’t want a modern looking car that got great gas mileage and was fun to drive? Unfortunately, the car that was designed to compete with the popular VW Beetle was loaded with design flaws. From the dangerous steering mechanisms to the fumes that would leak from the heating unit, the Corvair was a stinker disguised in an adorable package.

Beautiful Sports Cars from the 1970s

Beautiful Sports Cars from the 1970s

74 Lamborghini Countach

1974 Lamborghini Countach – Photo Courtesy of http://www.autozine.org

When thinking of the cars from the 1970s, it is easy to think of the hits and misses. While the 1970s brought us unforgettables (that we would love to forget) like the AMC Pacer and Gremlin, the Ford Mustang II and the Pinto, as well as the Chevy Vega and Chevette, there have been true unforgettables (for all the right reasons). The majority of the unforgettables came to us from Europe in the form of exotic sports cars. Many of the best cars from the 1970s look more like artwork, especially compared to the pieces that were coming out of American factories. These are a few of the best:

Not Another Piece about a Pinto Explosion

Not Another Piece about a Pinto Explosion

'77 Ford PintoIf you know anything about cars, you probably are aware of the fact that the Ford Pinto was one dangerous car. If the Ford Pinto explosions predate your car memories, a simple Internet search will fill you in. Just like the title says, the piece is not about the explosions that caused Ford to stop manufacturing the cars. This piece is actually about how people are still driving the Ford Pinto and why they continue to do so.

I Might Be Ugly, But Drivers Still Loved Me

I Might Be Ugly, but Drivers Still Loved Me

79 Ford PintoIn the world of automobiles, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Granted, there are some cars that everyone agrees are timeless beauties – like Ferraris, Mercedes, and Porsches. There are other cars that everyone agrees are the ugliest of the uglies, like anything made by AMC. However, there are some cars that are neither gorgeous or horrendous, but somewhere in between. These are the cars that might be on the ugly side, but there is something about them that people found endearing. Here are a few: