Flashback~Forget About it-Friday

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?


6 responses

  1. I am a “free-market” guy, but it really disturbs me that these cost-benefit analysis (where human life is concerned) have become more prevalent, not less.

    Of the many factors that going in to plant location decisions, median-income and education (lack of) are of particular import.

    When anew chemical processing plant opens near you, you can be assured the company “investing” in your community has placed a low value on your life and your future earning potential.

    I can’t believe I just typed that. I must be softening.

  2. I had a VW “Thing” in High School (the original SUV). I wondered how that became commercially sold. It was so light I remember the wind pushing it into next lane on freeway. The windows were removable and kept getting stolen. You could hose down since it had drain holes in floor. Finally sold since never felt very safe in. Made a the surfer dude who bought next very happy. It’s now a collectors item.

    History: http://www.dastank.com/

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