SHARP AND A GREAT CRUISER! 351C COBRA JET V8, AUTO, PS/B W/ FRT DISC, GR8 PAINT!
If you think of a Ford Torino, you undoubtedly imagine the red and white Torino from the "Starsky and Hutch" TV show. But if the only thing you know about Torinos is that unique bit of pop culture trivia, you're missing out on some really wonderful automobiles. The mid-sized Torino was Ford's answer to the Chevrolet Chevelle, a big, comfortable car with enough performance baked in to keep things interesting. By 1973, emissions standards and fuel economy concerns had killed the muscle cars, but Ford was still putting big engines in the Gran Torino Sport, and the result was a surprisingly quick car with great road manners and enough room for the entire family.
This 1973 Gran Torino Sport is an excellent example of why the Torino was so great. With athletic proportions and a fastback-styled body, there was no question that this was a performance car. But it was a performance car for adults, so you can forget wild paint schemes and juvenile names. This car's vivid Medium Bright Yellow paint job was not a factory option in 1973, but like the bright red from the TV show, the shape looks brilliant with bold colors. Nicely applied over some straight sheet metal, this is the kind of car that you'll see at shows and be pleasantly surprised by how attractive they are. It's easy to see yourself behind the wheel of this big cruiser, looking out over that big hood with the Shaker scoop, and listening to the rumbling V8 underneath. The paint is two-stage urethane, which gives it an incredible shine that is most definitely not from the 1970s. Breaking up the yellow shade nicely, there's a black vinyl top and Cobra decal package, which provide just enough contrast without looking too busy. Heavy chrome bumpers were part of the package, and they are in good condition on this car as well.
You'll love this Ford's broken-in tan leather interior, which features matching front and rear bench seats with a sporty insert-style upholstery job that make it look like a four-seater. The standard Torino dashboard was already full of useful gauges, and it looks right at home in the Sport. Look hard enough and you can see the car's luxury underpinnings, and the spacious cockpit is bright and airy thanks in part to the light-colored upholstery. The gauges and controls are all original, and that big dash is free of any of the typical cracks found in many vehicles from this era. The original AM/FM radio is right where it's supposed to be, as that comfortable original steering column. Despite some bumps and bruises inside from years of regular wear and tear, It's obvious someone really cared about this car throughout its life.
Under the hood, there's more proof that this has always been someone's cherished toy. The original, numbers matching 351C Cobra Jet has been dressed up for show in a fresh coat of Ford corporate blue paint, along with matching valve covers and air cleaner assembly that the Shaker scoop sits in. The rest of the engine bay is very clean and is further proof that this car has been well maintained since day one. Have a look underneath and you'll find Ford's indestructible C6 3-speed automatic transmission powering a 9-inch rear end. Look a little closer and you'll see just how solid and clean this car is, with floors that look like they haven't seen rain in decades. A true dual exhaust system has been installed, and uses Flowmaster mufflers to deliver a throaty rumble that perfectly fits this car's mission. The suspension, power steering and power front disc brakes are stock, and it rolls on a set of flashy mag wheels with modern, white-letter performance radials.
While the Chevelles are getting all the attention (and their prices are skyrocketing accordingly), the equally nice and much more unique Ford Gran Torino Sport provides a worthy alternative. This exceptionally solid, well-maintained and tastefully modified fastback drives as well as it looks, and it likely won't last long. Call today!!
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Front Disc Brakes
- Leather Seats
- Air Conditioning
- Numbers Matching
- AM/FM Radio
- Owner's Manual
- Exterior Color
- Medium Bright Yellow
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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