“Chevelles are fine and GTOs get a lot of attention, but if you want to stand out from the typical muscle-car crowd, this 1969 Torino GT (Sports Roof) coupe is the only alternative,” notes the dealership offering the Pick of the Day on ClassicCars.com.
“With a strong-running 302 cubic inch V8, it’s the Blue Oval’s answer to the ubiquitous A-body. Better still, it’s a bargain compared to its bowtie-wearing rivals and quite a bit rarer to boot!” the dealer adds.
Ford introduced the Torino in 1968 as the top trim version of the Fairlane model. Torinos were available in sedan, coupe, convertible, station wagon or as a 2-door GT hardtop with a sleek fastback roofline that appeared to have been designed for aerodynamic advantage in stock car racing, which was, indeed, the case. Ford driver David Pearson won the NASCAR championship in 1968 and again in 1969.
“A bit sleeker and more aggressive compared to its hardtop siblings, this Torino GT Sports Roof adds a lot of style to the vintage performance game,” the advertising dealer says. “All the Ford hi-po styling cues are in place here, including the blacked-out hood scoop, C-stripes, GT grille, trunk moldings, rear pillar inserts, and styled GT wheels, so there’s no mistaking it on the street.
“It was painted sometime this decade and it still looks very presentable and fresh, and the code Y Indian Fire paint shines up beautifully under the sun.
“There’s a ton of sheet metal in those quarter panels but it’s all quite straight and crisply rendered and panel gaps are very good all around, a testament to a life lived clean all of these years. You don’t see these cars all that often, so you’ll find a lot of enjoyment in the little stuff, from the grille and the matching insert in the hood scoop, and the lovely tail panel and tight-fitting bumper.”
Inside the car has front buckets and rear bench.
“The seats are in very good condition, and we strongly suspect that everything inside is original to this car, so even though there are signs of use that typically accompany a survivor, it has an all-of-a-piece look that’s very appealing,” the dealer points out.
“The original Philco AM radio is still in the dash, but it’s not working so an upgrade might be in order.”
Torino GTs came with Ford’s 302cid V8. The one in this car is the stock 2-barrel version and is linked to a C4 3-speed automatic transmission with a 9-inch rear.
The dealer notes that the car recently was updated with a dual exhaust with Glasspack-style mufflers.
The car is located in Lavergne, Tennessee, and is offered for $26,995.