If you know a little bit about American cars of the late ’60s and early ’70s, then you know that you had to navigate a labyrinthine maze of options to order your car, but usually, hidden somewhere in the maze, was the Grand Prize: the Perfect Combination. Such was the 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible. In 1970, the Torino line – which replaced the Fairlaine as the main line – comprised no less than 13 models, a choice of 5 engines and 3 transmissions, all interchangeable, unless they weren’t, and countless combinations of interior trim, colors and more. So getting to the right one took some doing, but for the lucky ones that did so, the reward was a truly exceptional automobile that was large, comfortable, stylish, handled well and went like a bat outta hell!
The biggest and baddest engine was a Ford 429 cubic inch – or 7-liters – V8 with a high compression ratio, pumping out a bone-jarring 375 horsepower. To say that the Torino GT Convertible was fast is an understatement: with a 0-60 acceleration time of 6 seconds and a 128 miles per hour top speed, it was fast enough to match just about anything on the road, and do so in a stylish, classy fashion. With lots and lots of burnt rubber.
1970 was the Golden Year of American cars. 1971 was OK, too. But as 1972 came along, the Torino GT Convertible was no more, and the big, powerful engines were gone. All that was left was the general shape, denatured by years of committee planning.