The distinctive lines and new design earned the new Torino great reviews from the start. Also standard on the Cobra was floor mounted four speed manual transmission, dual exhaust, beefed up suspension for minimum body roll and factory bucket seats. He looked kinda like Madrian Pace, with the gray Eleanor theft wig. They were not a mandatory option though, and these cars came equipped with wheel covers as a standard feature. This was the first time Ford had ever outsold the Chevrolet Chevelle since its 1964 introduction.
Gran Torino sedans saw a 5 in 127 mm length increase, while 2-doors had a 1 in 25 mm increase in length. The base engine was the 250 cu in 4. Base Torinos also used a unique hood and front bumper differentiating it from the Gran Torino models. The new performance Fairlane, boasted 335 horsepower at 440 pounds of torque at 3400 rpm. Unique station wagon options included a chrome roof rack and a power rear window. These attractive new stripes faded in multiple colors while being light reflecting.
This name was one of several originally proposed for the Mustang while in development. By 1970 Torino had become the primary name for Ford's intermediate, and the Fairlane was now a subseries of the Torino. For other information not listed please E-mail the technical staff at. Ford produced only 195,110 Torino's for 1975. The 400-2V and the 460-4V were the only engine options, as the 351-4V was no longer available. Otherwise, models continued as before in 'S', base and Brougham series.
The 1973 Sport had a test weight of 4,308 lb 1,954 kg , while the 1972 had a test weight of 3,966 lb 1,799 kg. Many replica owners installed slotted mag wheels, and air shocks after purchase to give the car a more authentic look. Although a attractive car, these Torinos were built more for the family than the performance driver. Maximum power : 195 bhp 4400 rpm. The Torino's front fenders were flared around the wheel opening and the rear quarter panel had strong character line extending to the rear bumper. Nevertheless, even though original sales literature does not list the six cylinder engine as being available, Chilton's and Motor's repair manuals list availability and data for 6-cylinder powered Torinos. An optional tachometer was available, which would be located in the third pod, and an optional clock occupied the fourth pod.
They were not a mandatory option though, and these cars came equipped with wheel covers as standard equipment. The interior is the optional Comfort Weave cloth interior, and it is in very good condition. Changes included a new split grille and some minor trim shuffling. Modified rocker panels allowed the car to still pass track inspection and yet, with a lower stance, provided the Talladega with a lower center of gravity. For comparison, in a test of a 1970 Torino 2-door equipped with a 351-4V, Cruise-O-Matic, and 3. The rear featured a full width bumper that incorporated thin rectangular tail lights into each bumper end. After 1968, the Fairlane name was retained for the base models with the lower levels of trim for those models bearing the Torino name.
All Sport models featured an integrated hood scoop, which was only functional with the optional and rare Ram Air Induction system. The Torino Squire, the top level wagon, featured simulated woodgrain sides, headlamp covers and a trim level similar to the Torino Brougham sedan. This was the first year that a rear sway bar was offered in the Torino. When the lights were turned on, vacuum actuators would flip the covers up and out of the way to expose the quad headlamps. Weight was up for most models by at least 100 lb 45 kg. The Cobra used the same grille the 1970 model.
The 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport SportsRoof was featured in the movie Gran Torino, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Government safety regulations now required that the rear bumpers must also meet the 5 mph standard, so all Torinos had the rear bumper and tail lamp panel redesigned. A significant change to Torino chassis for 1972 was the use of separate wheelbases for 2-doors and 4-doors. Gran Torino 2-doors could be ordered with the center console when optional bucket seats were specified; previously the console was only available on Sport models. If fuel economy is your thing, go for a classic prious or something.
Torino had another successful year in 1974, and continued to be popular. Squires had no lower body moldings. The 1973 Torino used the same rear bumper as the 1972 Torino, and incorporated minor changes to meet the 2. This was the first time Ford had ever outsold the since its 1964 introduction. The extra width between the spring towers increased the engine compartment size allowing the larger to fit. The new chassis was a perimeter design that was used to help give the Torino a quieter and more isolated ride. The Cobra was Ford's response to the successful , which was a high-performance car at low cost.
The grille was revised slightly, and now had a more prominent centre dividing bar, while the taillights were restyled on non-fastback models to be similar to the 1969 Ford full-size cars. An optional 6-way power bench seat, replaced the 4-way seat offered in 1971. All Torinos and Gran Torinos now came with the 302-2V as the base engine, and the 3-speed manual remained the standard transmission. In an attempt to help improve fuel economy, the standard rear axle ratio for all models was now 2. Ford offered two suspension options, the heavy-duty and competition suspension.
Despite these changes, structural integrity remained the same as 1971 models. Although still an attractive car, Torinos were by now built more for the family than for the performance driver. I guess I am wondering if they can handle the occasional shot of nitrous. This option group required the 351-2V or larger engine. During this time, the Torino was considered a subseries to the Fairlane. Super Stock and Drag Illustrated fitted a pair of slicks to the same Torino and ran a 13. Steering was recirculating ball system, with power steering optional.