Posts Tagged ‘hatchback’

Micro Photography – 1971 Ford Pinto

June 23, 2016

Recent reader feedback included a request for more Ford Pintos, specifically, early small-bumper wagons. Since it’s been a while since the last feature Pinto, the search was on, and it didn’t take too long to expose why there have been no recent Pinto features: Pintos are actually quite thin on the ground, and when you narrow the criteria down to small-bumper (pre-1974) cars, you get very few results, and if you filter out everything but wagons, you’re left with a few project cars and shells that don’t fit with the spirit of things here. With that, one of the listings was quite interesting – check out this 1971 Ford Pinto for sale for $3500 in Denton, TX.

1971 Ford Pinto left front


Don’t Waist His Time – 1976 VW Rabbit (and bonus ’77)

May 4, 2016

While it’s a classic design that did a lot to popularize the concept of the family hatchback, the Mark 1 VW Rabbit doesn’t seem to get much love outside of vintage watercooled VW circles. And sure, in stock form it’s a bit of a shopping cart, but upgrade an early car a little and you can get GTI-like performance with the cleaner, early Mark 1 design cues like round headlights, small tail lights, and even a “swallow tail” rear panel if you’re lucky. So we’ve got a sampling of a couple of early Rabbits, starting with this 1976 VW Rabbit for sale for $3900 in Silverton, OR.

1976 VW Rabbit right side


Two-go – 1987 Yugo GV and 1988 Yugo 45

March 22, 2016

Once the butt of many jokes, together with the Hyundai Excel of the same time, the Yugo has now been largely forgotten by most people under age 30. Which, incidentally, is about how old the oldest Yugo is – their North American run lasted from 1985 to 1990. As has been pointed out here before, while they’ve been much maligned in the past, they share many Fiat 128 parts and therefore qualify for similar performance upgrades. And indeed, with a little work, some enthusiasts have made these into fun little go-karts that will hold their own on back roads and autocross tracks. That said, many were neglected, and quite a few still remain as I’ll-get-to-it-someday projects in someone’s back yard. To wit, one example is this 1987 Yugo GV for sale for $1000 in Atlanta, GA.

1987 Yugo GV right front