Just over 50 years ago in 1968, Ford took its lineup to a new level by launching an upscale model based on its popular Fairlane. Named after the Italian city of Turin, which is sometimes referred to as the “Italian Detroit,” the Torino went on to become a widely recognized model name.
Torino variants could be found in a range of body styles, including a 4-door, 2-door, station wagon and convertible. It seemed that Ford built a Torino for every type of buyer, but even so, its lifespan was relatively short.
By the late 1970s, the Torino name itself was retired, although its chassis went on to be used in the LTD, Thunderbird, Ranchero and Mercury Cougar models. Today, it’s not surprising that the most collectible Torinos were those that achieved muscle car status, like this sporty fastback.
The Pick of the Day is a 1969 Ford Torino GT in Wimbledon White with only 75,000 miles on it. If there’s a theme to this Torino’s most compelling attribute, it’s originality. In fact, the selling dealer in Elkhart, Indiana, advertising the Ford on ClassicCars.com mentions the word “original” 10 times in the listing, seemingly confident that this Torino exemplifies precisely the condition and configuration that a Torino purist would appreciate.
The dealer indicates that the car is accompanied by a host of supplementary documentation, including the owner’s manual, owner card, build sheet, and a Marti Report. Even the license plate frame from the selling dealership is still in place.
Under the scooped hood lies a 390cid V8 that delivers reliable performance even after 51 years, the seller notes. A five-minute driving video accompanies the ad listing, which showcases both the cosmetic and mechanical condition of the vehicle.
“Once you see and drive this Torino,” the seller states, “you will understand just how well this car was maintained and cared for. Here is a truly great opportunity to own a very original and unmolested piece of Ford history.”
The photo gallery illustrates how well-preserved this Torino is, right down to the red vinyl interior and factory AM radio. The car’s rust-free body can be attributed to its having resided in North Carolina since new, the dealer adds.
The asking price is $42,995 for this piece of “Italian Detroit” history.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.