A while back I wrote this post about the first cars I owned. Thankfully, a Ford Pinto was not on the list. Not sure what got me thinking about the Pinto (my mind is a dangerous place) but think about it I did, and I quickly came to the conclusion that the Pinto would make a perfect Forget About it. The detail that stands out in my mind is that Pintos exploded when hit from behind and that Ford apparently thought that was okay (see quote below). And now, forty years after the first Pinto was driven off a new car lot there is another reason to associate it with doom and gloom. Check out the exact date Pintos originally went on sale in U.S…
Am I the only one who wanted to scream at the pony to stay away from the back of the car? Run, little Pinto pony, run as fast as you can–your name is about to be smeared for perpetuity.
Here’s how Time.com describes the 1971 Ford Pinto:
“They shoot horses, don’t they? Well, this is fish in a barrel. Of course the Pinto goes on the Worst list, but not because it was a particularly bad car — not particularly — but because it had a rather volatile nature. The car tended to erupt in flame in rear-end collisions. The Pinto is at the end of one of autodom’s most notorious paper trails, the Ford Pinto memo, which ruthlessly calculates the cost of reinforcing the rear end ($121 million) versus the potential payout to victims ($50 million). Conclusion? Let ’em burn.”
Click here to read Forbes.com list of Worst Cars of All Time–yes, the Pinto is on it.
I wonder which cars will make the list going forward? Any ideas?