In 1974, Car and Driver magazine sponsored the construction of a Pinto race car for IMSA road racing competition. After studying every automotive option, the Pinto was chosen for its weight, handling, displacement and affordability. Pics after the jump.
The concept was simple: take an everyday car and convert it into a class winning race car on a shoestring budget. With Patrick Bedard behind the wheel, the Pinto ran four races in 1974, capturing two poles and one win. It was then campaigned in the US and Canada (under different livery) by Bob Leier, who stored it after the 1975 Daytona race. It remained parked until 2005, when Don Sherman (technical Editor at Automobile Magazine) purchased it and began a full restoration.
I’ve got it bad for Pinto race cars, since I raced a 1972 in SCCA ITB competition. The Car and Driver version is MUCH better prepared and ready to run for track days or vintage racing. It’s for sale on eBay, and if I had the coin it would soon be in my garage. Does anybody need a kidney? I may have one for sale.
Source: The Garage Blog