Say what? 1980 Ford Pinto pickup

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Ford didn’t build a pickup-truck version of its compact Pinto hatchback. But someone did and it’s being advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com.

The Pick of the Day is a one-of-a-kind 1980 Ford Pinto pickup being sold by a collector car dealership in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The dealer’s ad says the trucklet was professional built.

Had Ford produced a Pinto pickup, the dealer contends, “it would look like this little sweetheart. If you like attention, you’ll get plenty of it in this number!”

The truck if finished in white paint with metallic copper-colored stripes and hand-painted motifs for “an unmistakable late 70s/early 80s vibe,” the dealership notes.

The truck bed is finished in genuine oak and includes a storage compartment to carry detailing supplies to a car show. 

The truck is powered by a chromed 302cid Ford V8 engine linked to a C4 three-speed automatic transmission. Other goodies include Edelbrock intake, Holley 4-barrel carb, electronic ignition, Ford Motorsports valve covers, Weiland chromed air cleaner, Mustang II front suspension, 9-inch Ford post rear, dual exhaust, power steering, power front brakes and Bill Specialties mag wheels.

The interior is finished in tan cloth bucket seats with a center console and oak accents. Windows are powered and there’s a custom Kenwood AM/FM radio with MP3 link.

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The dealership says the truck runs and drives as great as it looks, but adds that the ammeter gauge is not working. 

The dealership is asking $19,900 for the one-off pickup.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

5 COMMENTS

  1. It looks as if a wagon, or windowless "Cruisin’ Wagon" was elegantly cut and pasted. Had a Cruisin’Wagon, in the mid ’80’s, with the 2.3Turbo/5spd from a TBird (the original 2.3/4spd was always enough, but who wants "enough"?), and it was pretty useful, if not fast or respected.
    To anyone that had one, the wagon rear glass and surround from the tailgate is visible in the El Camino-like cab end.
    A good job on a "Pintero". I hope the buyer understands what went into this.
    -R

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