Potent Pony: 1977 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon Turbo Custom – SOLD!
February 6, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Saying “Ford Pinto” usually conjures up images of the tiny hatchback from 1970 and not the stylishly redesigned 1977 Cruising Wagon Street Machine originally listed in December 2019 on Craigslist in Lynchburg, Virginia for $8,000 or best offer. Referencing the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range to be $2,470, $3,325, and $4,869, respectively so the premium here is for all of the customizations. In addition to realistic cash offers, the builder and current caretaker is open to trades for an ’05-’09 Mustang GT.
First introduced in 1970, for 1977 Ford gave the Pinto its first significant styling updates with slanted back urethane headlamp buckets, parking lamps and grille. The tail lamps were revised except for the wagons. Runabouts offered an optional all-glass rear hatch for the first time. Pinto wagons were given a new option package. Attempting to cash in on the exploding custom van market at the time, Ford now offered a sedan delivery version of the station wagon called the Pinto Cruising Wagon. The windowless sides resembled a small conversion van complete with round side panel “bubble windows” and a choice of optional vinyl graphics.
We like how the current caretaker has taken arguably one of the more stylish and rare Pinto variants and made a number of cool upgrades to make this a much better performer than stock while remaining a conversation piece everywhere you cruise in it. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1977 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon. Fully customized. Ground up build. 2.3 fuel injected turbo, 5 speed. Ron Francis wiring harness. Two tunes, performance and economy. 3.40 ratio rear. All the bells and whistles: A/C, GPS, DVD, CD, power windows, dual batteries, tach. Absolutely no rust. New custom paint. All new suspension, five lug conversion, mustang 17” Bullitt wheels. Runs great and handles even better. Less than 10,000 miles since build. Will consider trades for 05-09 Mustang GT. Feel free to contact with any questions.“
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