Ford is celebrating the 40th birthday of the infamous Pinto. The first Pinto made its debut back in 1971, the year when Apollo 14 landed on the moon; Richard Nixon was president, and Disney World opened its doors for the first time in Orlando, Florida. Meanwhile, back in Detroit, the Pinto slowly made its way onto the market. Now, fans of the iconic car have gathered together to go on a cross country tour.
A total of 24 Pinto's are setting forth for the 1,600 mile journey from Denver, Colorado to the Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. At that point, an additional eight more Pinto's will band together to accompany their friends. There will be a few pit stops along the way. The Pinto crew has made their presence felt "loudly" at the Kansas Speedway, where they have accelerated to "mind numbing" speeds as high as 95 mph. Pinto fans never have to worry about getting a ticket for speeding.
The original Pinto was a 1.6-liter I4 that produced a "monstrous" output of 75hp and 96 lb-ft of torque. We are certain that NASCAR drivers were on hand to take note.