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RealRides of WNY #2584 ......................... 1969 Ford Torino

May 11, 2023

RealRides of WNY #2584 ......................... 1969 Ford Torino

– Just a year before this 1969 Ford Torino was new, Ford decided that, after 18 years, it was time to start phasing out the Fairlane name. The Torino was now the top mid-size Ford model, although the Fairlane name would continue for 1969 (as the entry-level model); the Fairlane 500 would disappear after model year 1970. In its brochure, Ford asked (and answered) the question “1969 Ford Torino. New performance car? Or new luxury car? Yes.” Power could be had from a range consisting of the standard inline six,“…all the way up to the sssssizzzzzling 428 Cobra Jet Ram-Air” V8. Although we hate to assume, there’s no way of knowing what’s under this one’s hood. Yes, it has what looks like a Jet Ram-Air hood scoop, but it has none of the front fender/hood scoop badges which usually indicate the engine size (like the ones below). Who knows? Maybe it’s a six with a hood scoop! We saw it at last summers Orchard Beach Assembly cruise-in.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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