Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bleached Whale: 1968 Ford Torino

1968 was a year of profound changes around the world-- LBJ declined to run for president and Richard M Nixon is elected, public opinion on the Vietnam war flip-flops, Yale University announces it will admit women, and Ford releases the Torino as a high end version of their mid-sized Fairlane sedan.  Find this 1968 Ford Torino offered for $6,000 in Austin, TX via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

 This is serious piece of machinery offered for a very affordable price -- and seems like a good runner apart from the issues with a loose steering column and non-functioning turn signals...but for a survivor Torino with a decent coat of (original?) paint, this seems like a good deal.

The seller claims that the original 302 cubic inch V8 is mated to a 3-speed manual, that was column shifted, but then somebody swapped it from 3-on-the-tree to 3-on-the-floor. 

 See a better way to drive a classic?


  1. Really nice car for the price. Next step, swap the 3 speed on the floor to a 5 speed tremec.

  2. Love the 57ish poverty hub caps. Good looking unmolested car be nice to know how well the motor runs as far as tremec 5 speed might be over kill unless you put a hipo motor in it had one one in my 87 Mustang notchback ex State-Bull car and it was noisy but stronger then the stocker.Do prefer the 69 Fastback but this one is nice enough.

  3. I know I have seen that parking brake somewhere before....

    OK, now that I got that out of the way: my late father only owned one new car in his whole life, and it was a 1969 Torino. I can tell you that the Torino was kind of a big deal at the time. It had a lot of the luxury touches from other models, like the Marquis Brougham. The one I remember best was what was colloquially referred to as "panty cloth" upholstery. Oh what teen fantasies that stuff fueled!

    Oddly the car on offer here looks like a "stripper" with vinyl seats and a 3-speed manual. I thought the Torino was only available with a more up-market spec. Just goes to show ya how reliable memories are...

  4. Hmmm. Earlier owner mover shifter to the floor....steering column "loose" ? WTH? Either it cant be fixed or seller just wants the car GONE. I'd get it fixed then sell it. But what do I know!


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