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YAK Car Pic of the Day

.Who says car guys don’t have a sense of humor? Of of them entered this 1979 Ford Pinto in the Buffalo History Museum’s Antique & Classic Car Show this past summer. I’m one to talk, though. Back in the day I bought two of them, brand new! A poop brown 1974, and a butterscotch 1977 Mercury Bobcat (which was the same car with a different grille and taillights). What I like about this ’79, besides the knock-out orange paint job, is the colorful seating material. This was stock from the factory, from when interior designers had a larger color palette than tan, black, and gray.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

...and another Bobcat

…and here’s a Bobcat

orange Pinto's interior

orange Pinto’s interior


  • MaxPlanck

    That’s a decent looking ride; you can put lipstick on the pig!

    • Jim Corbran

      But, it’s still a pig.

  • Ridgewaycynic2013

    Here’s to a whole generation of gearheads who devoted their time to dumping V8s into Chevy Vegas and Ford Pintos. These same folks then were often seen picking up shredded differentials after the carnage. Later, Detroit thought it was a good idea to shoehorn a 302 into those Mustang IIs. Remember trying to get at the back spark plugs?

    • Jim Corbran

      A friend back in the day had a factory-equipped V-8 Chevy Monza. Remember those? He said — and I’m hoping I remember this correctly some 40 years later — that he had to unbolt the rear engine mounts and jack the engine up to replace the two rear spark plugs. Nice piece of engineering!