1974 Ford Torino

Today we're going to try a sort of gallery hybrid, with a few hi-res photos available below the "traditional" DOTS stuff. You'll definitely want to get a nice close look at this fine piece of Early Malaise Era hardware from the folks at Dearborn. I used to be indifferent to the '70-76 Torinos, but in recent years I've really come to appreciate these cars. I saw three of them at the Pick Your Part in Hayward recently, which was sad, but you still see them on the street as well.

1974 Ford Torino


Judging by the exhaustive detail in the Torino page on Wikipedia, this car doesn't lack obsessive fans.

1974 Ford Torino


Chrysler had soft Corinthian Leather, sure, but Ford wasn't far behind with their buttery Michigan Vinyl.

1974 Ford Torino


Power was way down for the '74 Torino; the 302 was the base engine, but you could get a gruntin' 460 with a depressing 215 horses for 245 extra bucks.

1974 Ford Torino


The '74 was on the weighty side at 3500 pounds, too; those monstrous bumpers sure didn't help matters.

1974 Ford Torino


But still, this is a pretty decent-looking car. Very American.

1974 Ford Torino


What it really needs is some wheels and tires that fill the wheelwells better. Plus it needs to be lower to the ground.

1974 Ford Torino


There we go! The NASCAR look definitely works for these cars. Yes, Unser's Torino was a '72, but they're pretty similar.

1974 Ford Torino


Now those are some extremely 70s-looking seats, eh?