Episode 29: Smollop: The Pinto

Get your bumper-less bomb! Come on down!
–Gareth

Ford Pinto Fuel-Fed Fires at autosafety.org
Mother Jones expose: article and full transcript
Trivia: In the James Bond movie The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Scaramanga and his henchman, Nick Nack, were originally supposed to escape from Bond in an AVE Mizar, which was the “plane” created by welding a Cessna to the Pinto.Due to the crash that occurred on September 11, 1973, resulting in the death of its designer, Henry Smolinski, that idea was nixed.
List of inventors killed by their own inventions

best book title EVAR: THE WORLD’S WORST CONCEPT CARS: From Creative Failures to Breathtakingly Ugly Disasters
band names from this episode:

  • Iacocca Memo
  • Flying Pinto
  • Exploding Bean

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