The Ford Torino History Walkthrough

The Ford Torino was designed as a better version of the Fairlane until 1968, when the Fairlane was downscaled with lower-end trim options as a separate Ford model. The Torino was in production from ’68 until ’76, and for those 8 years the Ford Torino held the status of a Fairlane subsidiary. The “generations” of this car can be broken down into three distinct categories: the upgraded Fairlane stage, the Torino uprising, and the Gran Torino era.

Ford Torino

Between ’68 and ’69, the Ford Torino got a head start on the Fairlane, as it was considered to be a better car. Some factors that contributed to this opinion were styling (better grille, four headlights, and an array of fastbacks with SportRoofs), additional trims both inside and outside, and its abundance of engine options. These varied from a stock 200 cu-in. 3.3L 6-cylinder, to a massive 428-cu-in. 7L FE V8. The fancy Torino GT offered bucket seats, GT wheel covers, and additional interior lighting.

In the early seventies, the Torino took over the Fairlane models with the same transmission options as the ’68-’69 cars: a 3 and 4 speed manual gears, and a 3 speed automatic. The one-year-only edition of the 1969 Ford Torino Talladega was a limited NASCAR oriented car that was produced in a very small number. Specialized engines were made available, such as an array of Windsor V8s, as well as a 351 cu-in. Cleveland V8 (5.8L) and a 429 cu-in. 385 Series V8 (7L). Hardtops, sedans, and wagons were all available models. With an all-new interior, Ford’s second generation of the Torinos prized itself with the Ford Torino Cobra (a SportsRoof model) for its raw performance.

By 1972, Ford Torino got a makeover: it was a “short deck long hood” styled vehicle. This gave it the ever-popular “coke bottle” design more prominent than ever. The number of Torino models that Ford has put out went from 14 down to 9. However, it was so successful that Ford cranked out over 450,000 of them that year. The demand for a Farilane-oriented Ford was thus fulfilled by a steady supply or Torinos all across America.

The limited-edition Torino cars are the hardest to come across nowadays, because of how many normal models came out throughout the years. Despite the overwhelming abundance of Ford Torino vehicles on the market, however, the popularity of a classic Chevy or even Plymouth competitor models far surpassed Ford in the American muscle car sale business.

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Ford Torino King Cobra Tribute Resto Bud Moore Prototype Front End s Matching 429 Cobra Jet Marti

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1973 Ford Torino 1973 Ford Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon LOW Miles

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The Ford Torino History Walkthrough for Sale

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1971 Ford Torino convertible 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible 302 Survivor Barn Find Buckets Console Factory

1971 Ford Torino convertible 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible 302 Survivor Barn Find Buckets Console Factory

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1969 Ford Torino GT 69 Ford Torino Big Block S code

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1970 Ford Torino GT Fully Restored True GT Built Ford 460ci V8 C6 Auto Ford 9in Buckets Marti

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Ford Torino King Cobra Tribute Resto Bud Moore Prototype Front End s Matching 429 Cobra Jet Marti

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1973 Ford Torino 1973 Ford Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon LOW Miles

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3 Comments

  1. Date: November 4, 2009 at 13:55
    Author: Henery Schaffer

    Hello.

    I like your site and wanted to know if you would be interested in exchanging blogroll links.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Date: December 30, 2009 at 09:01
    Author: robert

    hello.
    i have a 69 Torino cobra coupe with a 428 rcode ram air
    bench seat 4 speed is this a rare find? because i never saw a coupe cobra i always see the fastback. i would like to know if it is rare could you please tell me how many were made.

  3. Date: January 7, 2010 at 21:45
    Author: Larisa M.

    Hi Robert,
    I would not know exactly how many there are. but an original 428 torino cobra is rare to find. You got a precious and beautiful cobra there 🙂

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