Modernized 1970 Ford Torino GT is brutally simple muscle car
When you pass a Ford Mustang these days, it probably means the student loan is paid off and it’s time to buy an expensive German SUV. However, half a century ago Ford created the Torino GT especially for those who wanted a bigger pony.
We don’t need to tell you that the Ford Gran Torino performed well as a movie car. It was the vehicle of choice for Starsky and Hutch between 1975 and 1979. Plus there’s a really cool Clint Eastwood movie that made ten times the original budget about a decade ago.
But what we’re proposing today is somebody take a Mustang and make it a modernized Torino. For a little inspiration, we offer you this rendering by wb.artist20 who wanted to create a modernized decor “homage to the Gran Torino of the 70s.” As you can probably see, we consider this to be more of a second-gen GT than the post-1972 model that’s implied here.
Our assumption is based on the model that inspired this, which was a mint condition 1970 Torino GT which RM Sotheby’s sold in 2014 for $ 30,800. What a great deal! Plus, everyone knows muscle cars from the mid-70s are inferior specimens.
If this rendering sounds familiar to you, it’s because of the mic connection. From 1968, the Ranchero became a member of the Torino family, along with wagons, sedans and convertibles. A few weeks ago we presented a Modernized ranchero image which presented this very frontal end.
The 1968-1971 Torino was itself a spinoff of the Fairlane, built because Ford wanted to keep customers who wanted a muscle car but had passed the Mustang. The GT Coupe was offered alongside a SportsRoof fastback model.