The focus was on ride comfort—not on speed or sportiness. Help with your ideas and suggestions……. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. And would be for some time. The high back bucket seats were still available on the two-door models. And, try to tackle that vinyl top issue. Hell, even in a 900 pound lighter Maverick, those needed 17 seconds to hit 60.
Nice article, just a couple of corrections- The high back seating was 1972 only, and very unpopular. To add to this extensive line-up, the Falcon name was added mid-year as a new entry-level intermediate. Red, with black vinyl roof and black interior. Parking lights were placed at the outer edge of the front fenders and wrapped around the corner to also act as side marker lights to meet the new 1968 requirements. In 1975, 37,242 Torino wagons were produced, versus over 95K full-size Ford wagons. The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946—1975.
I remember carrying a 45 gallon drum of coal oil in the back, an hours drive. Around here, they all rusted to powder. The 1974 Sport had a shipping weight almost 400 lb 180 kg heavier than a 1972 Sport. The producers needed a flashy specialty car for the main characters to drive. A car had to have them to be modern, ya know? That designation was given to distinguish it from the other two engines. Probably the worst overall vehicle my parents ever owned, but they kept it eight years, until she picked out a 1981 Olds Cutlass Cruiser wagon with the 260 V8.
I think the Torino was a source of controversy in that family for many years. In hindsight, what good fortune. Strictly amateur night in appearance. No one with a dress shirt would ever climb in. That was intolerable then and indefensible today. These cars sold well for 1972-73, but then took it on the chin in the fuel crunch, and never really recovered. The converter significantly reduced the power output of the engines due to increased exhaust back pressure.
Those are two different things. As a result, the power loss was not as dramatic as the numbers suggest, and the horsepower figures are not directly comparable. Opera windows were added as standard equipment on Brougham models. I never knew there was an alternate front end like that! As a result, Torinos had the lowest resale value of any of the American cars in the 1970s used-car market. The competition suspension was highly regarded by of Mechanix illustrated, as well as and Car and Driver as being less harsh than past Torino performance suspensions, while still offering excellent handling. The Drag Pack option package could be ordered with the Q-code 428-4V or the R-code 'Ram Air' equipped 428-4V, and would transform either engine into a Super Cobra Jet.
All models came standard with a three-speed , while the and four-speed manual transmissions were options. Tinworm was an expected malady and in the minds of the time, a way to see increased sales volume…nope, nothing needed there. Muscle and sportiness were on the way out. With the now a separate model, Torino lost a large portion of its sales. The Cobra was Ford's attempt at making a package that focused on performance features. Rust lost a lot of Ford customers back then.
While the 427 cu in 7. They looked ridiculous, and were used in some questionable applications. The Cruise-O-Matic was optional, but was a mandatory option for the 351-2V, 400-2V and 429-4V. They were not a mandatory option though, and these cars came equipped with wheel covers as standard equipment. This color had been discontinued for all other Torino models for 1976 in favor of a different shade of red. The 429-4V was replaced with the 460-4V which produced more power and torque and was equipped with dual exhaust. But in a more manageable scale.
A 3-speed transmission was standard on all models except for the Cobra which came with a 4-speed as standard equipment. This car really appears to be in stellar condition, although it appears to have one of the glitches with having a vinyl top,. The Falcon was the only intermediate that used a rubber floor instead of carpet, and was the only series that offered a pillared 2-door sedan. The majority of the sheetmetal behind the front doors was carried over from the 1968-69 body style. The 460 was optional up until the 1976 model year. My parents 76 Malibu Classic sedan by comparison felt way newer, felt like it had a much richer interior, and got nearly 20mpg out of the 140hp 305. Little did I know that my wonderful brother had modified the brakes and disabled the rears for racing of course.
The Cruise-O-Matic was optional for all engines while the 4-speed transmission was available on all engines except the six and the 302-2V. Although a smaller car, the Granada was much more space efficient, and the uplevel Ghia model did the Brougham treatment just as well as the Gran Torino Brougham—and for less money. The local Ford agency was two blocks from my childhood home; I walked by it to high school every day. Yet another face lift greeted Torino shoppers in 1974, as Gran Torinos and Torinos got new grilles. I have the 74 Dealer book. The ignition switch was moved from the instrument panel to the steering column, in compliance with Federal regulations.
If the Di-Noc-sided Squire was not enough, you could equip it with the Squire Brougham option, which got you seats from the Gran Torino Brougham sedan and coupe, although in vinyl only. This article shows the true story behind the Torinos, they were mid sized daily drivers, with luxo options. To meet these requirements, compression ratios on all Torino engines were dropped to at least 8. All Torinos used 14-inch wheels, while 15-inch wheels were used for exclusively by police and taxi models. Unique station wagon options included a chrome roof rack and a power rear window. Optional suspension packages included the competition suspension and heavy-duty suspension options. Also, starting in 1975, every Torino had a 351,Automatic transmission, and power steering and brakes standard.