Recent Photographs: all photographs © 1969-2017 by Carl Weese
When the Pinto was being sold, the big Ford station was called a Country Squire and the little Pinto wagon was jokingly called the Country Squirt.
I knew two people who had Country Squires, one when it was new, and one when it was a bargain utility vehicle bought used a decade or more later. The thing was, both these people, one in PA and one in MN, nicknamed their Country Squires, "The Enterprise."
The 1972 Ford Pinto had a reputation of bursting into flames when struck in the rear at relatively low speed when the gas tank burst. The Ford "Pinto Memo" came to light that said it would cost $171 million to fix the problem, but only $48 million to pay burned victims. The conclusion was, "Let them burn." The station wagons were less likely to burst into flame because the rear bumper was 10" further back from the fuel tank. These were not stylish cars, but provided basic transportation. They are not collectable, but might be useful if they still run, assuming one is willing to take the risk of driving one.
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