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RealRides of WNY #2403 - 1971 Torino

November 5, 2022

RealRides of WNY #2403 - 1971 Torino


One of just 1,613 produced, we saw this 1971 Ford Torino GT convertible over the summer in Olcott. Standard power for the GT was a 302cid V8, but optional engines of 351 and 429 cubic inches were available. Also standard on the GT were wide-oval bias-ply whitewalls (if you’re wondering what wide-ovals were, ask your grandfather!), all-vinyl interior, hood scoop, dual color-keyed outside racing mirrors, and ventless side glass. I find it amusing that Ford bragged about the ventless side glass as, yes, it might have been more visually pleasing, but most drivers (and passengers) missed the old front vent windows which offered a bit of ventilation (hence the name) without having to have the side window open.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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