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1977 Ford Pinto Runabout

1977 Ford Pinto Runabout in Charlie's Angels, TV Series, 1976-1981 IMDB Ep. 1.02+

Class: Cars, Hatchback — Model origin: US

1977 Ford Pinto Runabout

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle


ahight US

2007-01-26 15:19


First time we see Sabrina's Pinto is in Episode 3 of Season 1 (photo above from Episode 2.03).
[Image: 3pinto3jh6.8905.jpg]

Episode 2.09:
[Image: 9pintojp2.4032.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2007-03-01 04:53:12

Ddey65 US

2007-01-26 17:34


And it's new for 1977.

HunterMan US

2008-04-21 22:41


I am not sure about this, but are we sure this was a 1977 Pinto? The "Pilot" TV movie began filming in mid-to-late 1975 and premiered in March of 1976. Once the movie was an immense hit, the actual series was given the "green light." The series began filming during the spring and summer of 1976--the first actual episode premiering in September of 1976. So, the clip of the Pinto above is actually from the second episode (not counting the "Pilot" TV movie) called "The Mexican Connection." The actual first episode of the series was called "Hellride" and I don't think any of the "signature" cars were used in that episode.

Now, I am no expert about what month new models usually come out. But, when they began filming in the spring and summer (most likely when "The Mexican Connection" was filmed) that seems a little early to be the new '77 model. I'm wondering if Sabrina's (Kate Jackson) Pinto actually was a 1976 model--like all the other cars were. The Mustang Cobra II (driven by Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Ladd), the Mustang II Ghia Coupe (driven by Jaclyn Smith), and Bosley's (David Doyle) Thunderbird were all '76 models to start with. I do believe that a '77 model of the Cobra II was later implemented.

Just wondering?? :D

-- Last edit: 2008-04-21 23:29:37

nate US

2008-07-10 05:47


I noticed that some Pintos had orange plaid interior with black dash/steering wheel and some had tan plaid interior/dash etc. Here are some pics of the different cars.

[Image: orangeinterior1si5.3620.jpg] [Image: orangeinterior1blackdasvu8.4798.jpg] [Image: taninteriorwithheadrestxr5.3842.jpg] [Image: taninteriornoheadrestid6.7005.jpg]

By natenj

-- Last edit: 2008-07-10 22:13:45 (antp)

HunterMan US

2009-03-21 01:27


I was looking not too long ago in an actual Ford Car book that covered all Fords from the early 1970's to the late 1980's. This car used in "Charlie's Angels" is a 1977 year, but the actual model was called a Ford Pinto 3-Door Runabout. The 3-door meaning the opening hatchback door. If someone can add this to the model name, that'd make it more accurate. Thanks!

-- Last edit: 2009-03-21 01:29:55

mason66 US

2010-08-27 11:55


HunterMan wrote I am not sure about this, but are we sure this was a 1977 Pinto?

The 1976 model had a one year grille. This one is definately a 1977.

HunterMan US

2012-07-02 05:09


mason66 wrote

The 1976 model had a one year grille. This one is definately a 1977.

My quote you used was from several years ago. A later one I made just above this stated I did know that the Pinto Kate Jackson drove was a 1977 model. After my first comment I did more research into the Pinto Jackson drove and found it indeed was a '77.

mister car from 971

2013-03-22 20:02


It got crushed in an episode...

HunterMan US

2013-10-22 04:21


mister car from 971 wrote It got crushed in an episode...

I've seen "CA" many times over...but I don't remember the Pinto ever getting completely crushed?? But, it's been several years since the last time I went through the show, so maybe it did. But, in reality they would not have actually crushed the real Pinto--as it's one of the cars used throughout the entire series (except for Season 5 Hawaii episodes). On the show, if it was supposed to have been crushed, then supposedly Charlie replaced it with an identical model--and that's how Sabrina (and later Tiffany and then Julie) always still had the same car.

-- Last edit: 2013-10-22 04:23:55

HunterMan US

2014-01-04 08:52


Was the Pinto used on the show here plain "Orange" or "Vista Orange"? I think Orange was available only in 1976--while Vista Orange was used for 1977 models--but I'm not sure. Just wondering...

-- Last edit: 2014-01-04 09:24:00

no-a RU

2015-03-20 18:13


Ep. 4.12 - Cruising Angels
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Ep. 4.17 - Homes $weet Homes
[Image: 4x17-homesweethomesavi_snapshot_0954_20150321_203108.jpg] [Image: 4x17-homesweethomesavi_snapshot_1000_20150321_203133.jpg]

Ep. 4.24 - One Love...Two Angels (part 1)
[Image: 4x24-onelovetwoangelspart1avi_snapshot_3721_20150321_214723.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2015-03-22 03:16:38

merman881969 US

2016-07-02 01:13


As I had stated on a different page, some of these vehicles are the "stunt model" and some are "glamour shot" models (used for close ups, and usually are highly optioned)….. so there will be differences noticed from time to time….. I noted on some of the pics that the "sunroof" in not present, which is always present when they are using the "glamour shot" car…. Another thing I would like to point out is that some of the shots use a "cut away" vehicle in the studio for scenes. That is a car that only is pieces of the car that will be seen in the camera's view, and has a previously shot background projected on a screen behind the actors. The "cut away car" is not a full vehicle at all….. therefore, there can be major differences b/t that vehicle and the cars used in actual outdoor scenes

night cub US

2016-11-06 01:19


Season 1:
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-- Last edit: 2017-07-30 23:20:54

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