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AJ's Car of the Day '73 Ford Gran Torino Sport Fastback
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Car: Ford Gran Torino Sport Fastback

Year: 1973

What makes it special: Ford made few changes in 1971 as high-performance wars were fading. Torino received a major facelift in 1972, with the grille and bodywork receiving mixed reviews from critics. The public voted with their pocketbook, and sales stayed strong. The Gran Torino took over from the GT and Cobra, with the two-door hardtop selling 132,284 units. The fastback coupe sold 60,794 units.

What made it famous: Bumper regulations meant new front sheet metal for 1973, but sales stayed strong even as horsepower figures dwindled, and a luxury Brougham line was added. The Torino continued through 1976, and many of the last two-door hardtops have been painted in red-and-white Starsky and Hutch paint jobs. The optional 400 cid V8 managed 158 hp, while the 460 cid V8 developed 218 hp.

Why I would want one: Although I'm no fan of the large bumpers, the fastback style of the early 70's Gran Torino is very cool.

Fun fact: The Ford Gran Torino is probably most famous to this day for its role in the legendary TV Detective series "Starsky and Hutch," starring actors Paul-Michael Glaser and David Soul. 

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