Westrand Car Show - 1976 Ford Gran Torino

Ford Torino

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The Ford Torino was manufactured in the USA between 1968 and 1976. The car was named after the city of Turin in Italy (Torino, in Italian), which is considered the main vehicle manufacturing area of the country.

 The Ford Torino was initially an upscale variation of the Ford Fairlane, which was produced between 1962 and 1970. By 1970 Torino had become the primary name for Ford’s intermediate, and the Fairlane was now a subseries of the Torino.

Westrand Car Show -1969 Ford Torino 428 Cobra
1969 Ford Torino 428 Cobra

Most popular Ford Torinos were the 4-door sedans and 2-door hardtops.

For 1968, Ford redesigned the Fairlane and Torino line. Apart from the Ford Fairlane range, the Torino range consisted of a two-door hardtop, four-door sedan, and the Torino Squire station wagon. The Torino GT range consisted of a two-door hardtop, two-door “Sports Roof” and a convertible.

Just over 300,000 units were produced in the first two years.

The second-generation (1970–1971) Ford Torino was a complete redesign with softer lines. The “Falcon” name was added to the Torino range and together with the entry-level Fairlane Ford produced just over 400,000 units. In 1971 Ford dropped both the Fairlane and Falcon names and used just the Ford Torino as their intermediary range. Over 326,000 units of 14 variants were produced.

Clearly the redesigned Ford Torino was well accepted by the US market and just short of 993,000 cars were produced during 1972 and 1973. From here on Ford’s policy on the Torino was one of gradual refinements and minor changes to the design. Production began to slow and less than 400,000 units were produced in 1975/1976. The Ford Torino was discontinued in 1976

The Ford Torino was featured in several movies including “Gran Torino”, “Fast and Furious” and “Starsky & Hutch.”

Westrand Car Show - 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible
1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible

The Ford Torino was replaced by the Ford LTD II

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1976 Ford Gran Torino – Vauxford [ CC BY-SA 3.0] [Featured Image]
1969 Ford Torino 428 Cobra – Sicnag [ CC BY 2.0]
1973 Ford Torino 2 door Hardtop – Mr. Choppers [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1973 Ford Gran Torino – GPS 56 from New Zealand [ CC BY 2.0]
1970 Ford Torino – GPS 56 from New Zealand [CC BY 2.0]
Ford Gran Torino – Robotriot [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible – Sicnag [CC BY 2.0]