Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Straight from the high-banked ovals of NASCAR, this 1968 Ford Torino was the fastback aero champ of the late-60s, at least until the arrival of the Mopar winged wonders. With a period-correct 390 cubic inch V8, an awesome red-and-black color combination, and a very comfortable black A/C interior, this should be your next muscle car.
The fastback body style scales up from the Mustang pretty well, don't you think? Big, bold, and looking seriously fast, this sinister-looking red Torino is all about street presence. The paint job was done a few years ago and certainly suits the fastback shape. There are a few minor flaws, of course, but none of them detract from the vintage NASCAR look that simply screams performance. Black accents on the hood scoop, grille and headlight surrounds, window trim, and pillar 'gills' do a great job breaking up the red paint, capped-off on both ends by the blacked-out bumpers fore and aft. Those aforementioned pillar 'gills' highlight the wonderfully aggressive quarter panels without being too excessive, and this Torino wears some cool-looking Cobra and GT badges for great effect. When packaged with the slick profile of the Fastback body style, the red-and-black color combination looks pretty darn sinister with off-the-charts curb appeal. We haven't heard this many "Wow, what's that?" quotes in a long time. Perhaps more importantly, the glass remains in good original condition, particularly the giant rear window, which is surely almost impossible to replace, further proof that this Torino is game-ready right now.
Black bucket seats with a T-handle floor shifter sticking out of the transmission tunnel make this car feel as sporty inside as it looks outside, and the seating surfaces are wide, comfortable, and perfect for the era. The upholstery is in good condition, certainly broken-in with a few comfort marks, but not showing anything other than light signs of use and regular wear-and-tear in the high traffic areas. Correct black carpets are in equally good shape and it's possible that the door panels are original, albeit in nice condition as well. The dash has a racy look with four round pods for the gauges, but the Torino's upscale mission is reflected in the three-spoke steering wheel, which has a super-cool Cobra horn ring in the center. The stitching on the black dash is pure old-school cool, with awesome patina on the bright metal accents that run from end-to-end. Options are relatively sparse but you do get power locks, an upgraded JVC AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo, and factory A/C that's blowing cold from the front vents thanks to a hardware and compressor upgrade pumping R134a refrigerant inside the cabin. The trunk opening is rather narrow, but once you're in there, trunk space is impressive under that fastback roof line and includes a correct plaid mat that finishes things off nicely.
With 390 cubic inches pushing it around, this Torino has the moves to match its looks. Originally born with a humble 289 V8, this '68 was upgraded immensely with the introduction of the period-correct 390 V8 under the hood, and the experts that installed it did such a great job it looks like it was actually born there. A blacked-out firewall and matching inner fenders were cleaned up and painted to match, while the chrome valve covers and matching air cleaner adds some pop to the presentation. It's obvious the motor's had a lot of recent attention, with a clean Edelbrock aluminum intake and a big 4-barrel carburetor on top helping the big block eat, fresh plug wires and a newer coil helping it spark, and a fresh H-pipe dual exhaust system with Xlerator mufflers underneath providing the killer soundtrack. It idles smoothly and pulls with mountainous torque, and if you want a big block you can drive every day, this is probably it. Other newer parts include the A/C compressor, the modern alternator, and the power brake system that's hooked up to Wilwood front discs with drilled and slotted rotors. This Torino handles really well too, with a responsive power steering system and upgraded shocks. The chassis isn't overly detailed, but it is quite clean and shows lots of newer components, so you know it doesn't have anything to hide. The C6 automatic transmission shifts smoothy and spins a heavy-duty 9-inch rear end, so it's an easy cruiser that's still punchy around town. Blacked-out 17-inch Foose wheels are the perfect complement to the color scheme, and they're wrapped with 225/40/17 front and 225/55/17 rear Continental radials that give it the right low, sleek look.
Nicely restored, and ready for the road today, this is a rather unusual Ford performance machine with a great pedigree. Call today!
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