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The real story behind Peggy’s cars in Married with Children

It’s hard to imagine a more unreasonable, narcissistic, selfish and lazy woman than Peggy Bundy from “Married with Children.” She is the epitome of an abusive partner; loud, mean and disrespectful. Peggy is the queen of emotional abuse and she constantly makes her husband feel incompetent and helpless.

However, Peggy does it with so much humor and grace that you can’t hate her. On the contrary, we support it. There’s something hilarious about Peggy’s character even when she does the most horrible things like stealing her husband’s hard-earned money or “going on strike” and refusing to cook and clean. And she looks like she’s still going strong and living big despite her husband’s meager income.

Peggy has the best clothes on the show. In addition, her nails are done and her hair perfectly styled. And she also owns a much better car than her husband, although he drives to work while she drives to the mall for groceries. While Al had that awful old Dodge, Peggy was driving a 1976 Ford Pinto and later a spectacular red 1988 Ford Mustang GT Cabriolet. Peggy.

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Married with kids: Peggy’s 1976 Ford Pinto

While Al Bundy was struggling with his old Dodge, which to be honest was a Plymouth Duster, Peggy was driving a 1976 Ford Pinto. Fans of the show will recall that Peggy almost never got out of her car because she was mostly at home, ordering unnecessary things on the phone or chatting with Marcy D’Arcy played by Amanda Bearse. However, the few times Peggy left the house to go to the mall, she was driving her 1976 Ford Pinto. The car appeared in the episode “Sixteen and What Do You Get?” Peggy shocked her fans when the show revealed that she had a driver’s license and could actually do anything on her own without torturing Al. Peggy’s Ford later reappeared in the episode “A Dump of My own.


For those unfamiliar with the Pinto, Ford launched the car in 1971 as a reasonably priced American alternative that would compete with foreign subcompact cars like Volkswagen. And in its nine years of production, Ford sold more than three million Pintos. However, Pinto created a lot of controversy and customers turned against the car despite its affordability. First, Ford engineers accelerated the design and development of the car, so the entire production cycle lasted only two years. “That’s about half the time of a traditional car development cycle,” says the eBay Motor blog.


In this context, Ford neglected various aspects and the car was not up to market standards. For example, eBay points out that “Pinto’s gas tank would have been susceptible to igniting if impacted in a crash.” Not surprisingly, in 1978 Ford Motor Company had to recall 1.5 million Pinto vehicles for fuel tank design defects. Unfortunately, the tragedy did not end there. Mother Jones says “it is conservatively estimated that the Pinto crashes resulted in 500 burn deaths to people who would not have been seriously injured if the car had not caught fire. The number could be as high as 900.” It’s safe to say that Peggy could have chosen a safer car than the Pinto. It’s also possible that Peggy wanted to give this car to Al, so she could inherit his store’s hideous shoe collection.


Married with kids: Peggy upgrades to a 1988 Ford Mustang GT convertible

Luckily, in Season 2 Episode 20, the matriarch wins a flashy red 1988 Ford Mustang GT convertible. Without a doubt, this is the car that was always meant for the fierce housewife. When Ford introduced the convertible Mustang GT in 1988, the flashy car was well above Al’s salary, selling for around $16,610. We don’t even want to know how many pairs of shoes Al would have to sell to pay for this vehicle on its own. The Mustang featured a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 engine that generated 225 horsepower and a peak torque of 407 Nm/ 300 lb-ft at 3200 rpm. It goes without saying that this car was as fierce as its owner.


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Here’s how much Peggy’s cars are worth today

For those who like to play with fire, Ford Pinto usually sells for under $10,000. The two-door sedan has an average retail price of $9,273, with $2,500 being the lowest price and $33,000 being the highest price, according to Classic.com. Meanwhile, the 1988 Ford Mustang GT convertible is a more expensive vehicle. For example, Cars For Sale currently has an identical model to Peggy’s vehicle with 45,018 miles on the odometer, which sells for $18,995.