NEW! Award 39: 1980 Ford Pinto Pony Sport Wagon – NOW $8,500

Jan 2021 | Classifinds, NEW Award, Wagon Wednesday

January 7th, 2021 Update – Call it the Holiday Effect, but this 40K original mile Ford Pinto we’ve been tracking since April of 2020 is still available.  With the new year, the private seller now has their Pinto priced at $8,500, which is still big money for these Malaise Era cars.

December 8th Update – We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this ride expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold.  This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330.

November 7th Update – We’ll never understand why some sellers will increase their asking price when their car did not sell at a much lower ask.  Our latest example of this ’80 Pinto where the seller increased the asking price back up to $11,500.

October 3rd Update – The private seller just created his latest new listing for their 40K mile Pinto wagon, however this time they lowered the price another $1,100 to $8,800.

August 25th Update – The private seller just created another fresh listing for their 40K original mile 1980 Ford Pinto we first featured in April 2020.  This new listing does lower the price to $9,900.

July 28th Update – We came across a fresh listing for this brown 1980 Ford Pinto wagon we first featured in April.  Despite no sale thus far, the private seller has not budged on their $12,000 asking price.

The final year of production of Ford’s Pinto was 1980 and arguably one of the lowest mileage survivors from that model year might be this 40K original mile Pony Sport Wagon five-speed first featured in April 2020 here on Craigslist in Powhatan, Virginia with the latest asking price of $8,500 which while much less than original ask of $12,000 still remains optimistic.  While Hagerty Insurance currently does not list a value for these cars, the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range at only $1,000, $1,975, $2,850, respectively and we note this wood-paneled ’80 Pinto sold at no reserve on Bring A Trailer for only $3,800 this past December.  While we note we personally observed this similar low-mileage Pinto cross the auction block for $10,000 last August at Mecum Harrisburg, we believe the seller is way too optimistic on his price and thus we are awarding him our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award their asking price is at best very optimistic.

Ford manufactured and marketed the Ford Pinto the 1971 through 1980 model years. The smallest American Ford vehicle since 1907, the Pinto was the first subcompact vehicle produced by Ford in North America. In February 1972, the Pinto station wagon debuted with an overall length of 172.7 inches and up to 60.5 cubic feet of cargo volume.  The first 2-door Ford station wagon since the 1965 Falcon, the Pinto wagon came equipped with flip-open rear quarter windows. Along with front disc brakes, the 2.0 Liter engine was standard equipment. A Pinto Squire wagon featured faux wood side paneling similar to the full-size Country Squire.

For the 1979 model year, the Pinto saw its last significant styling update. Shedding its original Maverick-like styling, the Pinto took on the look of the modern Fairmont with rectangular headlamps, inboard vertical parking lamps, and a taller slanted back grille. Except for the wagon’s tail lights, however, remained unchanged.  The interior was updated with a new rectangular instrument cluster and modified dash-pad for vehicles without the optional sports instrumentation. The variety of sports appearance packages was revised, some with new graphics.  1980 marked the end of the Pinto’s production run. For 1980, the V6 engine was discontinued, leaving the 2.3L as the sole engine.

While this Pinto likely offers a new-old-car experience and the five-speed manual transmission, makes driving it a bit sportier, only a die-hard Ford or Pinto lover will likely want to add this Malaise Era example to their collection.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1980 Pinto Pony 2 door sport wagon in EXCELLENT condition. Runs like new. Interior is in near mint condition. No rips, no tears, very clean, like new. Everything works. Drives like a brand new car. Only 40000 original miles. Vehicle has been garage kept its life. You will not find another 1980 Ford Pinto pony sport wagon in as good of shape as this 1. Matching white wall tires in excellent condition. Air conditioner blows ice cold. This car is a gem.

Do you have a Pinto story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Anonymous

    I looked it up and it shows an asking price of 9500

  2. Anonymous

    I just called and he said it was already sold.:(

    • Guys with Rides

      Where did you see it for $9,500? The fresh link in the updated post above shows a Craigslist Ad from June 29 still showing $12,000? We first posted that Pinto in April and according to this latest post the seller appears to be firm on price?


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