Classic Car Overview
Originality is important and collectors are finally realizing that every car doesnt need to be a trailer queen. Instead, cars like this 1968 Ford Torino hardtop are finding new homes and greater appreciation from guys who love seeing the way the factory did it and appreciate the feeling of a car that hasnt been torn down and rebuilt. For that reason, this Torino remains a special car. After an inspection by the American Fairlane Association, we can report that the paint on this Torino is all original (san the passenger rear quarter that had some touch-up years back), and as a result you get a correct car that still looks great but you arent afraid to drive anywhere. Despite the years it still presents like a higher driver-quality car, and it looks suitably vintage, which contributes to this cars very appealing no-nonsense look and thats what survivor cars are all about. Survival rates on 4-door Torinos must be incredibly low, and once you take a closer look at the paperwork youd see how rare this car really is, but theres no denying that its a handsome piece. Compared to the fastbacks and convertibles, it has a somewhat formal look accentuated by a refined use of chrome and the slick black roof. And theres just nothing like the sound of those doors closing on an original car, which also offers good gaps on all the panels, a tight feeling going down the road, and excellent factory chrome and brightwork thats been lovingly polished from day one by just four owners. Theres no question that the interior is entirely original, and while theres some wear in a few places, theres even more evidence that this car has been loved. Red upholstery works quite well with the black-on-red exterior paint, eliminating the problems with many late-60s color combinations. The front bench offers lots of space for road trips and youd be shocked at how much more room a 4-door car really has out back, but thats the beauty of full-sized comfort. The four round instrument pods give it an aggressive look, even if the dials inside are only monitoring the basics, and its worth noting that everything works, and that even the original AM radio is still in place. Options are rather sparse otherwise, but you do get factory A/C thats remarkably still blowing cold! The woodgraining on the dash and steering wheel still looks pretty good, the dash pad hasnt been completely destroyed by the sun, and while you can probably get reproduction upholstery, nothing quite measures up to OEM. Heck, even the drivers door panel doesnt even show much of a depression where the drivers elbow might have been resting over the past 52 years, although as we mentioned prior, the patina is certainly visible inside. Theres also a massive trunk out back, and its outfitted with an ancient bias-ply spare and jack set. The 289 cubic inch V8 provides effortless performance and is unquestionably the cars original powerplant, although thats just an opinion because Ford didnt stamp VINs on their block. And the fact that this 4-door even carries a 289 V8, let alone the 3-speed its married to, is incredibly rare and the result of a Ford strike from that era. Still wearing its original Ford Blue engine enamel, it has a smooth confidence that makes this car a pleasure to drive at any speed and once again, theres an intangible feeling in a well-maintained original car that you cant restore into a project. Routine maintenance pieces have been conscientiously replaced over the years, keeping the car mechanically sharp, but it has never needed internal engine surgery and drives superbly as a result. The 3-speed manual is unobtrusive in operation, letting the 289s torque do most of the work, and with 2.79 gears in the 9-inch rear, this is the car you want on your next road trip. The underside is unquestionably original, but its all incredibly solid, showing only surface scale and road grime - not cause for alarm. Wired hubcaps add an elegant look and carry 205/75/14 white-wall radials that finish off the look. Extensively documented with a Marti Report, window sticker, original build sheet, a dealers invoice, and lots of other original provenance, this awesome Torino survivor makes a great impression. Call today!