Ford Torino

The Ford Torino was an intermediate sized car produced by the Ford Motor Company for the North American market between 1968 and 1976. The Torino was an intermediate car by American standards of the time, but would be considered quite large by modern day standards. This is contrary to what consumers are led to believe. It seems that with the arrival of the Sport Utility Vehicle, people have been programmed to think that models were somehow smaller in times past. This is just not the case when it comes to the standard sedans. Initially, the Ford Torino was an upscale version of the intermediate sized Ford Fairlane, which Ford produced between 1962 and 1970. After 1968 the Fairlane name was slated only for the base models. During this time, the Torino was considered a miniseries of the Fairlane line. By 1970 the Torino name had become the primary name for Ford's intermediate, and ironically, the Fairlane was now a miniseries of the Torino. In 1971 the Fairlane name was dropped all together and all Ford intermediates were then called Torinos, which finally put an end to this ridiculous naming strategy. The name, "Torino," is the Italian name of the city of Turin, which is considered the Detroit of Italy, thus being appropriate for a Ford model car. In fact, this name almost ended up on the Mustang, but during development it was changed. Most Torinos were considered conventional cars, and in general the most popular models were the 4-door sedans and 4-door hardtops. However, Ford produced some high performance versions of the Torino by fitting them with large powerful engines, such as the 428 CID and 429 CID "Cobra-Jet" engines. These cars are thus labeled as muscle cars. Although muscle cars are fairly popular today, the Ford Torino has not reasonably gained the status of many other cars from that era. The special Torino body style, the Limited Edition Starsky and Hutch Torino, however will likely be a valuable investment.