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Wheels in the Grass

1973 Ford Gran Torino, Pendleton, N.Y.

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!).

The formal hardtop version

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Max

    Agreed, Jim – these machines put little polish on the ‘blue oval’ and along with GM’s and Chrysler’s lackluster product lines of the period likely set the stage for the success of the invasion of Japanese manufacturers in the late 70’s and 80’s.