6. Ford Pinto Rally Cruising Wagon
You have probably heard about the Ford Pinto. It was Ford’s best-selling economy car from the ’70s. It was the object of many jokes and serious government inquiries about its safety and a possible spontaneous combustion problem that caused many injuries.
Despite all potential problems, not-so-inspiring design and low power, the Pinto and all its variants were popular, sold in the millions and helped Ford survive the financially-tough 1970s. Since it was such a common car, Ford decided to spice things a bit by introducing a Rally Cruising Wagon. It was a Pinto wagon, but with a panel, van-style rear end and bubble rear side window often used on custom vans in that period.
Other than that, the Pinto Rally Cruising Wagon got blackout trim and bumpers, script graphics on the side and rally gauges on the dashboard, not to forget the special wheels and interior details.
However, the power was the same as in regular versions. Most Rally Cruising Wagons got a 2.3-liter engine with a measly 88 hp – not exactly racing performance, as the name suggested.