1974 Ford Car & Driver Pinto
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Historic Race Car
One of the most respected automotive writers of all time and former C&D editor Don Sherman has recently found and restored the original C&D IMSA RS Pinto race car. Don is a great friend to many in the collector car world, including yours truly. As such, I volunteered to post his great (now) vintage race car for sale here. I will let Don take over:
"My beloved Pinto:
My first born begins university studies this fall necessitating a farewell party for one of my (mechanical) children. The Car and Driver IMSA RS Pinto I resussitated last year is available for less than its restoration costs. Read all about it in the April 2007 issue of Car and Driver or call me for a verbal tour. This shrewdly engineered project car scored two major victories in the hotly contested 1974 racing season and never sustained any significant track damage. I stripped the body, refinished every surface, and rebuilt the brakes, suspension, and fluid systems. A wealth of documentation and spares are included. Delivery (from Michigan) is negotiable. This car is rested, tuned, shiny and ready for vintage racing or addition to a fine Ford collection.
Here's the thumnail Pinto story:
Built by C/D and raced in 1974 with two significant victories. Sold, raced in a few '75 events, no crashes, no victories. Stored 30 years.Restored by me in 7-8 months: body stripped bare, repainted, all chassis parts replaced.
Engine is a time capsule: same power it had in 1975 with minor updates such as electronic ignition instead of breaker points.Car handles superbly well. A cinch to drive. Brakes powerful, balanced.
Read April 2007 C/D story for accurate assessment of its prowess.
I have ample documentation. Will be a chapter in Cotter's coming "Hemi in the Barn" book (sequel to Cobra tome). Four installments in Auto Restorer magazine.
Available spares: race-ready short block, bare ported head, transmission, miscellaneous wheels, brake and chassis pieces.
Car was very well built with a super substantial roll cage, brilliant front suspension.
Fuel cell, aeroquip lines, extinguisher system, belts replaced in 2006. Has period Racemark seat, Wink mirror.
Would make a nice (slow) starter car for a vintage racing prospect or a fine collectible for a Ford geek.(I think Mr. Sherman means that with all due respect to us Ford geeks- CC) Alternatively, could make a great drag racer with lots of current power installed."
This is a great (and cheap!) way to have a blast vintage racing an easy to drive, cheap to maintain, and very competitive car with a variety of vintage race organizations or even just club track days or autocrosses. The added bonus is scores of racers and fans who followed this cars build, race career, and now restoration after years in hiding will love to see it in action. A huge amount of bang for the buck! Become an instant celebrity on any track, anywhere for less than the cost of a new Ford econobox.
Serious buyers please email me for Don's contact info.