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Best year model for the Pinto?

71-73 Pencil Bumpers with or without the guards
96 (56.5%)
74-75 Big 'Boned' bumpers
9 (5.3%)
76-78 Slant nose
32 (18.8%)
79-80 Square Headlight
22 (12.9%)
75-78 BOBCAT...
11 (6.5%)

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What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« on: September 04, 2012, 09:44:31 PM »
Some folks are into the Big Bumpers as opposed to the Small... Does size matter?  Ahh, Scott- where are you going with this?  :)
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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 02:39:16 PM »
Ha, I am just going down the line voting for my Pinto's qualities. I think the 79/80 front end looks more aggresive than any other year, and that is why I voted for it. Second favorite would have to be the '76's, with the rectangular turn signals that "float" at either end of the grill.
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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 03:33:14 PM »
75-78 BOBCAT!!!
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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2012, 04:46:15 PM »
You are right- the Bobcat needs it's place too...
I have added this to the poll...

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2012, 07:51:47 PM »
Gotta for vote for my 80 wagon :)

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2012, 07:54:16 PM »
71  1/2  Hatch.   Fred   :)
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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2012, 11:26:26 AM »
77 Squire Wagon. Red with red plaid interior. Like I have always said, that is the one I really want.
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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2013, 05:06:04 PM »
Ive had both a 73 runabout and a 77 cruisin' wagon. and one 78 runabout. The 73 I had was the least complicated of the three. It was a very nice car. The 78 Runabout was a glass hatch version that I felt was a smoother driving and better looking car, because of the glass back. But it was very slow compared to the 73. The CWagon was a V6 automatic that I liked the looks of ( bright yellow, stripe delete) but it seemed slow too! the six didnt really do much for it. I would probably prefer a manual trans Cwagon with a 2.3 if I can get one. I would def' get another 2.0 73 Runabout! Maybe try to do a Pangra kit on it.

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2013, 06:46:55 PM »
Like Fred said in September last year. 71 1/2 small window Runabout. They are getting to be quite rare.
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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2013, 09:30:27 PM »
Vote for 74 wagon, because the wife said I had to, LOL... ;D ;D
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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2013, 10:03:31 PM »
 I wanted a pinto. I could not find one in my area that had potential. I found a 77 bobcat. It was almost a pinto so I bought it. I was just a little disappointed. Then I started to appreciate all the chrome. The big grill with the chrome outline that just screams I am a Mercury. Only 17,000 made that year. I like being unique. Now I am thrilled.
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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2013, 02:20:44 PM »
71 Runnabout, no trim on bumpers just gleaming shiney chrome, black interior, any exterior color.  That is the coolest pinto.

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2013, 02:53:26 AM »
77 Bobcat!!!   8)

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2013, 05:03:26 PM »
1972... ALL models!

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2013, 12:53:29 AM »
Whatever the first year mid-late '70s where they sloped the grille. It looked super on pro and modified cars.

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2013, 08:06:03 AM »
78 is like that, those are cool.

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2014, 05:08:39 AM »
I think 1971 is the coolest year. It would need to be equipped with the 2.0, manual transmission, and whatever differential option provided the fastest acceleration. lol

Being the first model year, the styling is in it's purest form. It's the closest to what the designers originally intended the pinto to look like.

'71 cars have less pollution control equipment and higher horsepower ratings than later cars. They were also lighter (although structurally weaker) than later cars, therefore the best performers in stock form.

Also, I'm willing to bet there aren't a lot of survivors left from the '71 model year, so to have one would make it that much cooler!
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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2014, 05:34:23 PM »
76 thru 78 for their sporty front end.79&80 reminds me of 79 to early 80s mustangs.
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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2014, 05:58:31 PM »
i agree that the 71 is my favorite and i have the trunk model with small window. didn't realize this was a rare car. can't wait to get on the road.   

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2014, 06:35:49 PM »
i agree that the 71 is my favorite and i have the trunk model with small window. didn't realize this was a rare car. can't wait to get on the road.

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2014, 07:37:54 PM »
I have to go with the 71 also. I own 2, 1 race and 1 street (both trunk models). My son has a 71 also. They are the lightest and make for great race cars. My second choice would be any year "woody" wagon. I bought 1 new in 1980.

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2014, 04:16:37 PM »
I have to go with the 71 also. I own 2, 1 race and 1 street (both trunk models). My son has a 71 also. They are the lightest and make for great race cars. My second choice would be any year "woody" wagon. I bought 1 new in 1980.

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Re: What is the coolest year model, what do you think?
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2014, 08:35:24 AM »
I think they are all cool, but I like the 76 Bobcat because it's the one I have.

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« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2015, 08:04:19 PM »
This is a tuff call...my #1 choice would be a 72 Runabout, 2.0, 4-speed in Grabber Blue...a little more refind than a 71 but still very basic....#2 would be 79-80 Runabout 2.3, 4-speed, all grown up and last of the breed,  best ride quality and a nice option list...

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« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2015, 08:14:29 AM »
I always liked the 1980's the best, as I have had 4 of them.

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« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2015, 09:21:21 AM »
I have had all years and have to say my first one was my favourite , a 71 with the hatch back with half glass , 2.0 with 4speed , later stuffed with a 289, next one was my fully loaded 74 squre pinto wagon with factory shag carpet ,
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« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2015, 02:20:16 AM »
I say they all are great. and not everybody ,just us few , have the sackage to sport these babies around. I like em all.