Basing the Gazelle on the Pinto was a smart move. Everyone else was using VW Beetles and even Chevettes sometimes, but the ever-reliable Ford was a sturdy, well-built, rear-wheel-drive chassis that delivers decent performance. The engine is a fuel-injected 2.3 liter inline-four, which won’t win any drag races, but it’s bulletproof and you have to remember that they took about 800 pounds out of the car when this body was dropped on top. Parts are plentiful and it’s easy to service, with good access under the tilting hood. A 3-speed automatic transmission makes it easy to drive and you’ll quickly find that it starts when you turn the key and zips through traffic with ease. Front disc brakes have decent stopping power and with the light curb weight, power steering isn’t needed.
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
See listing: Pinto based 1929 Mercedes Benz Replica (from April 20, 2020)