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The true story of the birth of the Pinto (imho)...
« on: October 16, 2013, 05:37:07 PM »
I see way too many similarities, not that amounts to anything, really. I'm just saying...there are a whole lot of similarities here, but ultimately...I guess since it was a Ford product, Ford didn't have to actually say they had ripped any designs off of anything or anybody, cause...well, they owned it. :) Personally, I like the original British version, but I think the nose is cute. lol :)

I humbly present to you...the 1968 Ford (Europe) Escort Mk1:

And, here's a brief youtube resto of a wrecked one. A minute and 45 seconds. There are differences, but the drive-trains and all were the same. lol. Anyway, on to the show:

The 1.6 being the original only motor makes a little more sense...then.. .'Uh, hey, guys...our steering wheel's on the other side. We should address that for efficiency!'

My final comment(s)...had they just brought that over here and added a front bumper and relocated the steering...yes, I am currently revising my Christmas list. I want one!!! lol Even the tail lights are basically the same thing! :) Good job, Ford, on one hand. could have brought that over, not made new tooling, and saved a bunch of money...and the only people who would have been the wiser would have those who traveled abroad (which today is, at best, only 30% of our Population, and this was before international air flight was really considered a good idea, do the math. :))

*This message came about, somehow, through my joining a British car forum (required to search the site) looking for camshaft advice.


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Re: The true story of the birth of the Pinto (imho)...
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2013, 07:32:32 PM »
Meh. From what I understand, the 1.6 has been around since the '50s or early '60s (I have a friend who is a Cortina nut- I think he currently has 11 in various states of repair).  In my opinion, that body style looks more like the old Fiestas than a Pinto. Sure, car companies borrow style ideas from themselves (see Ford Torino fastback, Maverick, ((Australian)) Falcon ((all early '70s))). I noticed the Toyota Celica from a few years ago "borrowed" the Pinto's rear quarter window, and the Nissan Armada has middle door windows that remind me strongly of Studebaker rear quarter windows.  I have, in my pictures on the computer, a photo of a Cortina Mk III that has Pinto rear quarter windows. I think that car was a '73 and had Medium Yellow Gold paint and black vinyl-top. The rest of the car looked NOTHING like a Pinto.
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