Among the most popular muscle cars in American automotive history is the Ford Gran Torino. Featured in movies and other forms of popular culture, it represents a unique time in automobile history because of its ability to compete with other muscle cars which were just as exciting then as they are now. The Gran Torino was produced from 1968 until 1976, and it was named after an Italian city called Turin. Though it is still a popular muscle car, this was not the most powerful or the fastest car of its time. Take a look below as we examine one model year of the Ford Gran Torino.
The 1972 model year Ford Gran Torino had a new grille which set it apart from previous model years. Its base engine was an inline six-cylinder 250 cubic inch engine, which produced 95 horsepower at 3600 rpm. The compression ratio was 8.0:1. Those interested could choose among other engine options. For example, a V8 302 cubic inch engine was available, and it produced 140 horsepower. That particular engine was available for the station wagon body styles.
Several different body styles were available: a two-door fastback coupe, a two-door hardtop, a four-door sedan, and a station wagon. Indeed, with so many options, there seemed to be a Gran Torino for everyone. Some lucky drivers even enjoyed the Gran Torino Sport, which added a little more envy on the road.
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