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1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« on: October 02, 2019, 06:45:03 PM »
Attached: 1975 Pinto window sticker. Custom ordered by me from local Ford dealer.

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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2019, 07:45:54 PM »
Sweet, very cool to have.

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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2020, 08:33:28 AM »
Wow! I realize the car was optioned out, but the Pinto had increased in price a lot by 1975. I thought our high inflation came later. Quite a change from when the car started out at a little over $2000.
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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2020, 09:00:24 AM »
Wow! I realize the car was optioned out, but the Pinto had increased in price a lot by 1975. I thought our high inflation came later. Quite a change from when the car started out at a little over $2000.

That sticker indicates a Runabout with just about every option you could buy except air conditioning and automatic transmission!  Definitely NOT your run-of-the-mill Pinto!  I bought a 1974 Runabout new that was equipped essentially the same but did not have the Sport Appearance Package or sunroof.  If memory serves me correctly, it stickered for just under $3300 (that window sticker is long gone) but I bought it for $2900 straight out, no trade.  Hard to imagine buying a brand new car for that paltry sum but I have some old Saturday Evening Posts from 1947 that advertise a new Plymouth Special Deluxe for less than $900.  How times have changed!  My current car and pickup truck stickered for $63810 and $64980 respectively.  That would have seemed unfathomable in 1974!

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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2020, 11:54:11 AM »
If you notice at the bottom (in the blue area) there is a list of the car models Ford sells. What is an "Elite?" I completely recall all the other cars listed but have never heard of an Elite.  That said it is odd that they list "Ford" as though it is a model (not a brand) too.

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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2020, 04:55:09 PM »
The Elite was Ford's entry into the mid-size personal luxury coupe line-up, squarely facing off with Chevy's Monte Carlo, Chrysler's Cordoba, etc.  By today's standards, there was nothing mid-sized about them, but in comparison to the mid-seventies' Continental Mark IV and Cadillac Eldorado they offered a lot of style in a smaller, less expensive, more maneuverable car.  The Elite began as an upscale Torino and ultimately morphed into the the downsized Thunderbird of the late 1970's.  It was actually a rather handsome car: long hood, short trunk, prominent grill, and distinctive opera windows.
My personal opinion however, was that it still rode like a Torino. 


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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2020, 05:55:15 PM »
Thanks. I did a little looking around. As best I saw there was the Gran Torino Elite in 1974 and then the car was just called the Elite in '75 and 76.' It was referred to as a "placeholder car."  So, three years of the car and year one it had a split name with Elite as an add on name to Gran Torino.

 Interesting how that one slipped by me, we learn something new every day. Then again I was into Datsun 510's post high school (mid 70's) and wouldn't be caught dead in something Barnaby Jones would have been driving. LOL

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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2020, 08:42:22 PM »
That sticker indicates a Runabout with just about every option you could buy except air conditioning and automatic transmission!  Definitely NOT your run-of-the-mill Pinto!  I bought a 1974 Runabout new that was equipped essentially the same but did not have the Sport Appearance Package or sunroof.  If memory serves me correctly, it stickered for just under $3300 (that window sticker is long gone) but I bought it for $2900 straight out, no trade.  Hard to imagine buying a brand new car for that paltry sum but I have some old Saturday Evening Posts from 1947 that advertise a new Plymouth Special Deluxe for less than $900.  How times have changed!  My current car and pickup truck stickered for $63810 and $64980 respectively.  That would have seemed unfathomable in 1974!
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What you are missing is the debasement of fiat money over that time. The authentic price of any car is how many man-hours of labor at the average wage did it take to buy the car. (Some economists would argue the number of ounces of gold at market prices it would take to buy the car.) But you have to admit that modern cars are a whole lot more sophisticated in 1974 than in 1947!
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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2020, 01:30:31 AM »
But you have to admit that modern cars are a whole lot more sophisticated in 1974 than in 1947!
No argument with that!  That increased sophistication came with a high price tag and it is even truer when comparing to cars of today.  In today's economy however, only those of us who actually have firsthand knowledge find any credibility at all in the idea of a brand new car selling for $900 or even $2900. 

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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2020, 11:34:38 AM »
Economy cars were in high demand, so it's not surprising to see the price tag start at full retail and go up from there. Same thing happened 10-12 years ago; suddenly Excursions and Hummers were worth less than Civics and Corollas. What's more eyebrow-raising is to see that the Pinto's base price went up by 50% in just four years.

I just have to point out that 6.75 Traction-Lok option though. And what's with the $30 charge for tires? Were those an "upgrade" or not included with a car at the base price?  ???
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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2020, 11:55:52 AM »
It mentions the "steel belted ply radial tires" and "styled steel wheel" in the upper section that seems associated with that specific  model (Sports Accent Group). The $30 for the tires are for the more sportier BR-70-13" tires that are also associated with the $53 alloy wheels.

So, were those upgrade wheels/tires on the car at the factory (and seemingly charged twice) or were there upgrade tires/wheels price discounted for the value of the base price wheels tires???

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Re: 1975 Pinto Window Sticker
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2020, 04:53:48 PM »
65ShelbyClone is 100% correct about the way car prices trend.  The purchase of my new Pinto came right on the heels of the biggest fuel crisis since WWII - you could only purchase gasoline on even/odd dates, based on your license plate number.  My girlfriend's family owned the local Sunoco station and made it possible for me to circumvent that by filling after dark when the station was actually closed.  I digress however.  What I wanted to say was that Pintos had very little markup so dealers generally held out for full MSRP and even added on extra charge things like undercoating and dealer prep to strengthen their profit.  I receive a discount on mine for one reason and one reason only: my dad had been dealing with that particular little rural Ford-Mercury dealership for about twenty years, and generally bought a new car every couple of years and a new truck about every 3 - 4.  Those are the customers dealers will bend over backward to keep happy!  At the time I ordered my Pinto, he was about a year into a 1973 LTD Brougham and also had a 1971 4x4 pickup which he was about due to replace.  This dealership was so small that it was operated by the dealer himself, one secretary, and one salesman... all the other employees were mechanics, etc.  Dad always dealt directly with the owner and that discount was given to me to keep that good vibe going.  So, it cost me $2900. I kept it two years and in 1976 traded it on a used 1973 Lincoln Continental Town Car that was priced at a ridiculously low $3600.  I received $2600 for it, meaning I hopped from one end of the Ford lineup to the other for a measly $1000 difference.  Granted, I backed up a year model-wise... but still!  I was a very low mileage driver (the Pinto had about 17,000 miles on it after two years) and gas was still relatively cheap (fifty to sixty cents per gallon) so I got along fine with the Lincoln ownership experience despite its 460 CID V-8.  I was eighteen at that time and by the time I turned 21 I had figured out a way to buy a brand new Lincoln - a white and wedgewood blue Mark V.  I developed a love for the big comfortable Lincolns and now own my seventeenth one, a 2017 Continental Reserve.  Dreams of my pretty little orange Pinto Runabout plagued me for years however, to the point that I began a search for one in 2006, and finally hit paydirt about four years ago.  Bought a couple of other Pintos along the way while I was searching, but an orange '74 Runabout was my ultimate goal.  I would have never found one without this site and the friends I've made here... it's been invaluable to me.

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