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Mar 16, 1999 (1:02 am)
Oh, I'm not trying to be a snob at all...I'm just telling people what the collectible car market is doing...if it doesn't "like" a certain car (and votes that way by not paying any money for it) then it's simply a supply and demand equation...I'm not discrediting a car by saying it isn't worth anything...those are just the facts of the market. I'd rather see certain old cars just patched up and driven or disposed of, rather than all this time and effort going to waste.
Mar 16, 1999 (6:40 am)
I DO agree with you. Please keep up the good work but keep it real. Be honest, as you've always been, but a lttile sympathy goes a long way. God knows, as well as you, that I've needed plenty of it!
Mar 16, 1999 (6:51 pm)
Well said, Frederick.....thanks...
#14 of 20 They Shoot Pintos Dont They...
May 13, 1999 (3:44 am)
....that could be a fire hazard!!!
Jun 13, 1999 (5:11 pm)
A buddy I used to valet with was an immigrant, who bought the only thing he could afford: A used Pinto. One day we both looked out at the car at the same time. I said, "Is that your car?" He said yes, and we both laughed really hard for a couple minutes. This car had been owned by a Browns fan. It had been painted team colors. It may have originally been orange, and the guy just added lots of brown to it, I'm not sure. It wouldn't have been funny if it wasn't painted team colors.
Jun 13, 1999 (10:26 pm)
Somebody tried to start a Pinto Class in, I believe, SCCA racing, but I don't know if it got anywhere. Theory was that anyone could buy one and go out and have fun. Personally, I'd prefer the European craze of travel trailer racing. Saw a film--hilarious.
Jun 21, 1999 (4:10 pm)
I have a Chinese friend whose father came to this country in the mid seventies as a chef ultimatly becoming a multimillionare chef to the stars.
The first car dad bought was a beautiful Orange Pinto Wagon version with that wood grain contact paper down the sides and brown vinyl uphostery. Virtually as luxurious as a Ford LTD Country Squire Wagon at a fraction of the cost and twice the beauty!
Jul 18, 1999 (6:15 am)
My sister used to own a Pinto and I was always afraid that she was going to end up as a vehicle flambe if someone bashed her in the back! It was pretty dependable for her but a potential death trap. She sold it for all things.....an Audi Fox, a terribly unreliable one at that, but then my sister was not one to maintain a car properly either!
I love to see old cars on the road, even ones that were nothing special in their day. There are plenty of them around here in California due to the forgiving climate and NO salt (I used to live in Rochester, N.Y., the salted road capitol). I've seen zillions of old cars.....old slat six Dodge Darts and old Ford Falcons and Plymouth Belevederes etc., and even though there were not interesting cars in their time, just basic transportation, they bring me back to an earlier and simpler time in my life. I think it's great if someone likes their plain old vanilla car and tries to keep it on the road. More power to them. Obviously it will be the sentimental value that keeps these cars alive, not the potential collector value. It is still the older sports and collector cars that get my juices flowing, but there is a soft spot in my heart for the old workhorses of the automotive world.
#19 of 20 My first car was a dog, but my next car was a keeper!
Aug 20, 1999 (11:39 pm)
I "inherited" my first car. It was a 1962 Rambler Station Wagon with a flat 6 in it. It was a sickly green with a white top and luggage racks. It had the pushbutton automatic transmission. We used to call it the "flying brick"....especially when being driven downhill into the San Fernando Valley. The car that I bought from my mom's friend was a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. I was 19 at the time, and I didn't know that much about cars. It had a wood-grain steering wheel, and automatic transmission that actually looked like a manual with the shifter. All I knew was it was fast. Someone told me it had a 318 V8, but I'm not sure it was that size. I'm not even sure they put the 318 in the Barracuda for that year...even as an option. Now I see those Barracudas restored and going for as much as $10,000. Everything I've seen on the Barracuda web-sites suggest I had a keeper, but I didn't keep her.
Aug 21, 1999 (1:26 am)
The Barracudas do have some interest to collectors, but $10,000 is a fanciful price--more like $6,000 for a nice one...they also made a Formula S which brings about $1,500 more.
I kinda like 'em myself because they arent' too large, look different, and have decent performance, but you didn't walk away from a gold mine, so don't worry about that!