Thought this might be a 'fun' thread.
Back in the winter of 1973/74 I needed another car to supplement my '72 Corvette as I was going away for several months on a course. The gasoline "crunch" was on, so I decided to 'do something for the environment'
by buying something small and economical, and after some searching decided on a new '74 Ford Pinto station-wagon, manual, 2.3L 4 cylinder, and radio, in "Rust metallic" paint (PROPHETICALLY it turned out...). Shortly after picking it up I exchanged the bias-ply tires for radials, and started commuting weekly the 250 miles to my course.
It took no time at all to realize that the Pinto was a "hair-shirt" compared to the 'Vette, but what I did NOT expect was that the gas mileage on the 'Vette (c/w Hooker Sidemount Headers, TH400 trans and Accel LED ignition) was BETTER than on the Pinto, EVEN in city traffic.
In fact, if memory serves, the 'Vette at 80 mph got BETTER mileage than the POS Pinto did at 55 mph!!!
In addition, the amount of salt used in winter in Montreal quickly turned my "Rust metallic" Pinto into a rust bucket (at least it matched...
), and, believe-it-or-not, EVEN the oil pan rusted through
I kept that little POS (because I had it, I guess) for several more years, then 'retired' it and parked it by my barn (I had a farm in Eastern Ontario by then) where I got to look at it each day as I went to do chores.
Finally one day I saw an advert in the local paper for a fellow who'd pick up junk autos and cart them away, giving $20 apiece, so I called and got him to confirm that he would get it, not for parts but for crushing, that afternoon.
When I had his assurance that he'd be there an hour or two later, I opened the gun cabinet and removed my Ruger 77V "varmint rifle" and grabbed one round of .22-250, hearing protection, and went out toward the barn. I jacked the shell into the chamber, figured out the angle, then took aim at the center of the hood on an angle that would go into the engine, and fired!
I never even opened the hood to check the damage, but that act was the BEST I ever felt about that crappy POS!!!