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RealRides of WNY - 1968 Torino GT

December 28, 2019

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Torino GT

Saw this 1968 Ford Torino GT fastback last summer on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario at one of the weekly Cruising on the Q cruise nights. Considering that Ford produced over 172,000 1968 Torinos (and over 200,000 of the similar Fairlanes) it’s surprising that you don’t see many these days — even at car shows and cruise nights. What was even more surprising (to me anyway) was learning that the Torino GT fastback was the top-selling model of all the Ford intermediates, at 74,135 produced. Usually a top-seller is something more like a mid-range two-door hardtop or four-door sedan, but this GT was pretty close to the top of the price range at $2,747. Only the GT convertible ($3,001) and hardtop coupe ($2,772), plus the usual costlier station wagon models had higher MSRPs. Today’s RealRide has Ford’s 302cid V8 (standard on GTs) under that (extra-cost) hood scoop. “Leather-smooth vinyl” interiors were offered in a mind-boggling (these days) choice of seven colors!

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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