Fresh off the big ovals, the fastback 1968 Ford Torino was the blue oval’s logical choice to combat the Chevelle. This is a genuine S-code 390 car that looks ready for combat on the streets, but may also be right at home on the show field.
The Torino was the top-of-the-line Fairlane in 1968, and the longer, lower, wider bodywork emphasized the new-found appreciation for aerodynamics on the NASCAR ovals. The Torino got dramatically styled quarter panels to go with its new fastback profile, a kick-up behind the doors that is outlined with black stripes on this GT. The paint and bodywork were restored not too long ago, and the fellow doing the work was doing it because he intended to keep this car forever, so you know he went the extra mile. Fit and finish are quite good, and the soft, off-white finish is a deceptive one for the potent muscle car. The chrome is brightly restored, and the unique Torino grille looks like an immaculately preserved original piece. And if you squint just right, you’ll probably see a bit of fastback Mustang in the rear view.
Make no mistake, the Torino is a full-sized car with room inside for six, thanks to front and rear bench seats. And while a bench seat may seem anachronistic in a muscle car, the no-nonsense look works here the same way it does in, say, the Plymouth Super Bird and Daytona. All the upholstery is new, including the dash pad, carpets, and headliner, and the small-diameter wood wheel not only warms things up, but sharpens up steering response. Gauges are housed in individual round pods that look racy, and they’ve all been rebuilt with brightly restored faces and crystal clear lenses. This one was built for one thing and one thing alone, since it’s light on options save for a quick-shifting automatic transmission and the power steering and brakes, which are a good idea in a full-sized car with this much power. And there’s plenty of room in the trunk, which features a full-sized spare tire with jack.
The top engine in the Torino was the S-code 390, which came with a 4-barrel carburetor and grunted out a very impressive 325 horsepower. And while it’s impossible to determine matching numbers in the traditional sense with a Ford, all the indications are there that this is the car’s original engine. It has been recently rebuilt, and with that gorgeous coat of Ford Blue paint, looks showroom new, if not better. A correct air cleaner assembly, chrome valve covers, and proper ancillary components suggest that someone really cared about getting it right. Underneath, it’s quite solid and original-looking, with factory-applied undercoating and a lot of new components. Handsome styled steel wheels are original equipment, now wearing 225/70/14 Uniroyal radials that give it a brutal look.
If you’re a Ford lover and want something a little out of the ordinary that isn’t a Mustang, perhaps a Torino GT is what you’re seeking. Call today!