The 1972 Torino was redesigned and featured an even more exaggerated "long hood, short deck", coke bottle styling.
The most noticeable change was the large eggcrate grille in an oval opening in the Gran Torinos. The Torino had aggresively flared front fenders, the rear fender line swept up towards the roof, and the windshield had a 60-degree rake. The roofline and A-pillars were thinner without sacrificing structural integrity.
Ford reduced the number of models from 14 to 9. The convertible was discontinued. The Torino remained the entry-level model, but the mid-level Torino 500 was renamed Gran Torino, and the Torino GT became Gran Torino Sport. The Cobra model was discontinued as the Torino line was focused more on luxury than performance.
Overall the 1972 Torino was a great success and 496,645 total units were produced, making it the best-selling intermediate for 1972. Although no Torino Cobra was available, this redesigned Torino was safer, quieter, handled better, and stopped better than ever before. Consumer Guide selected the Torino as a “Best Buy” for 1972.
This is also the car featured in Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino.”
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