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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1976 Ford Pinto

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Turbocharged 1976 Ford Pinto for sale on From the seller’s description:

While it looks like a typical Malaise Era subcompact on the outside, this wee Ford has a secret under the hood. Yes, that’s right, under the hood is a modified turbocharged 2.3L inline four-cylinder engine transplanted from a 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. Backing up that boosted motor is the turbo coupe’s five-speed manual transmission and an eight-inch rear differential. This Pinto is very fast and just too much fun, something that Ford should have done from the factory!

Amuse your friends with the power this small, light car generates and surprise fellow drivers who think you’ll be the last one away from a stop. Ford enthusiasts will find this Pinto the ultimate sleeper car that still even sports it’s unassuming 13″ stock wheels!

Made in February 1976, at Ford’s San Jose, California assembly plant, this car was shipped to the Los Angeles area. This car’s mostly original Medium Chestnut Metallic paint is in good condition with some minor blemishes while the trim is in fair shape. The glass sections are in good shape and crack-free, as are the lights, which are intact and clear. All of the body panels are in good shape, including the Mach One hood scoop, and the cargo area in very good order. The engine bay is reasonably tidy and the battery is in very good shape. The bumpers are decent condition. Car rolls on 155/80R13 radial tires with 13-inch wheels with factory wheel covers.

Inside, the tan recovered seats are in good shape while the matching carpet is in fair condition. The headliner needs some attention, however. The instrument panel is in very good condition with Auto Meter and Stewart Warner gauges to monitor the actions of the turbocharged engine, while the three-spoke aftermarket steering wheel, door panels, mirrors, center console and shift lever are all in good shape. Rounding out the interior is a factory AM/FM stereo.

Documentation includes original owner’s manual. Current mileage on the odometer shows 109,414 miles.

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St. Louis, Missouri
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