August 26, 2018
Station wagons are starting to catch on with collectors these days. I’ve always liked ‘em, but the market for the ever-popular (and pricey) two-door hardtops and convertibles has gotten a lot of buyers to broaden their scope. But Gowanda’s Steven Botsford isn’t necessarily one of them. He’s been collecting these other body styles for a while now, and told me he was attracted to this 1977 Ford Pinto by its four-speed manual transmission. The Pinto was available as a two-door coupe, three-door hatchback (Runabout), and this two-door wagon throughout most of its run — the Pinto debuted for model year 1971, but the wagon didn’t come along until a year later. For 1977, it was available as the wagon you see here (in North Tonawanda’s Gratwick Park); a wood-grained Pinto Squire; or as a Pinto Cruising Wagon, with a zoomy-looking paint job and a round porthole set into the blanked-out rear quarter window area.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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