The Ford Torino was an intermediate car produced by the Ford Motor Company between 1968 and 1976. Ford named the car after the city of Turin in Italy, with is Torino, in Italian. At the time Turin was considered the Detroit of Italy. The Torino was a conventional car. It was offered in coupe, sedan, hardtop and station wagon models. However, the most popular models were the four-door sedans and hardtops. But, Ford did produce some high-performance versions of the Torino. This allowed the family car to be something of a sleeper. The performance Torinos were fitted with large powerful engines, such as the 428 and 429 cubic inch “Cobra-Jet” engines. Ford also used the Torino as the base for some of its NASCAR entries.
1968-1970 Ford Torino (First Generation)
The first Torino appeared in 1968. The first generation of the Torino was an upscale sub-series of the popular Ford Fairlane. The Torino (and Fairlane) used the same wheel base as the previous generation Fairlane and also continued with the body-on-frame construction of the previous model. But the models had all new body work. The Torino was the top-of-the-line intermediate for Ford from 1968-1969. Continue reading about the 1968-1969 Ford Torino…
1970-1971 Ford Torino (Second Generation)
1970 marked the second generation of the Torino. For this generation the Torino was the main seris vehicle and the Fairlane became the budget sub-series of the Torino. The Fairlane would disappear after 1970 and the Torino would be used on all Ford intermediates. Mercury would also offer a twin of the Torino as the Mercury Montego line. The second generation Torino was redesigned in a coke-bottle shape. Continue reading about the 1970-1971 Ford Torino…
1972-1976 Ford Torino / Grand Torino (Third Generation)
The third generation Torino arrived in 1972. The Torino was redesigned again using an evolutionary design from the previous generation. The new styling emphasized the “long hood short deck” look as well as coke bottle styling, but more so than the prior model. One of the biggest changes was to the front of the Torino. The Torino featured a large eggcrate grille in an oval opening. The Torino also had aggressively flared front fenders and the rear fender line swept up towards the roof.
The Torino would be replaced in 1977 by the Ford Ltd II, a new model based on the Torino chassis with a new body. By 1977, Foed believed the Ltd name had more market cache than the Torino name.
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