Wheels in the Grass
by Jim Corbran - posted 7:00 am, January 11, 2011
Back in the day, automakers didn’t shy away from long nameplates. For instance, this week’s wheels in the (snow-covered) grass: a 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport fastback hardtop coupe, spotted in Pendleton, N.Y. one day a couple of weeks back. Ford built almost 52,000 of them, and their list price started at $3,154. They all came standard with a 302 cu. in. V-8, and larger (and thirstier) engines were available. All two-door Torinos for 1973 rode a 114-in. wheelbase, while the four-doors and wagons were 118-in., mimicking intermediates from GM and Chrysler at the time. All were pretty dreadful cars (unless you owned stock in the oil companies!).
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know