On the drive out of Boulder on my way into the mountains, I spotted an endangered car out of the corner of my eye parked outside the Rocky Flats Lounge. Thought it might be an AMC Gremlin.
Unfortunately at the moment, the roads were crowded in both directions and there wasn’t a good spot to pull over and investigate. This week while heading into the mountains again, I made sure to pull over and get a closer look. It turned out not to be a Gremlin, rather a 1977 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon!
Get a load of those stripes! They really stand out nicely on that silver paint. This has got to be one of the sportiest wagon’s I have ever seen. Tough looking tires.
Here’s a look at the side angle. I love those round side panel bubble windows!
I almost felt like this car was going to blast off while I was taking the photos. It has a rocket ship feel to it.
Great looking emblem on the rear of the car. Watch out or you’ll get bucked!
This car is ridiculously fun. A total party wagon. There is no way there is a single 2014 vehicle out there that could rival these looks. The epitome of endangered cars. Unique, bold design that you just don’t see today.
Here is a photo of a print ad that Ford put out to introduce both the Cruising Wagon and the Cruising Van.
The woman in the van is ready to go!
Not only that, but this particular Pinto was only in existence for the years of 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.
God bless Johnny Cash.
Below, we have a look at the front of this fabulous Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon. I feel it is rare to have horizontal racing stripes on the hood of a car.
It’s interesting that I thought this was a Gremlin from the initial pass-by. The Pinto was actually intended to compete with both the AMC Gremlin and also the Chevrolet Vega.
All total, there were over 3 million owners of the Pinto. The hatchback version of this car starred in the movie Cujo.
Controversy surrounded this wily 2-door over a suspected fuel tank defect (in models 1977 forward) that resulted in deadly fires after rear-end collisions.
So, there you have it a fun-filled party wagon, a 1977 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon!
Be sure to check out this other beauty, the 1969 Ford Capri.