The Pinto is a car that needs no introduction. It was one of the worst cars that has ever been made period. A catastrophe of mass proportions, the Pinto suffered from quality issues right out of the gate. Not only was quality flawed, but safety was also a downfall. The Pinto was part of a million-dollar class-action lawsuit due to the position of the fuel tank. These vehicles were proven to explode during an accident and this lead to a lack of consumer confidence in Ford.
The concept, creating an affordable car that was good on gas, for the Pinto was a good one. Sadly, the design was rushed to the market and ended up costing Ford a lot more in lawsuits. Surprisingly, the Pinto has forged a second life in the collector’s community, with V8 swaps being a common mod.