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Ford Torino

The Ford Torino was in production from 1968 until 1976 and for that time, held the status of a Fairlane subsidiary. It was named after the city of Turin, which is Torino in Italian, considered the Italian Detroit. It was initially an upscale version of the intermediate sized Ford Fairlane. After 1968, the Fairlane name was retained for the base models with the lower levels of trim for those models bearing the Torino name. The available models in 1968 were the two door fastback, two or four door hardtop, station wagon, and two door convertible. By 1970, Torino became the primary name and Fairlane the subsidiary. In 1971, The Fairlane name was dropped altogether, the Torino now being the Ford intermediate car. The Torino was built from the start with plenty of power and comfort with standard equipment V8 engines from the small block 302 to the big block 390. Most of them were conventional cars however; Ford produced some high-performance versions of the Torino in 1969 by fitting them with 428 cu in and 429 cu in “Cobra-Jet” engines, classifying them as muscle cars. The introduction of the 1972 Torino was a whole new design for the Torino. This car had a futuristic design which immediately gained public interest due to its masculine "fish mouth" grill design. A much bigger Torino built with greater safety and more metal than ever before. The new model name was the “Gran Torino” and “Grand Torino Sport”.

By 1974 these cars were becoming more of a luxury car and the performance options were being eliminated. Although still an attractive car, Torinos were by now built more for the family than for the performance driver. The 1975 Gran Torino was used in the very popular TV series “Starsky and Hutch". The bright red sport models were produced in very low numbers for the television show. The 1976 Torino was the last and final Torino before being replaced by the LTD name and product line.