The Spotlight-Stealing 1969 Ford Torino GT: Are You Destined to be its Next Steward? -293

Only three muscle cars have survived the modern age, and it's unknown precisely how many will succumb to the electric era. But there was a time when such body styles thrived, appealing to petrolheads of all ages. The Ford Torino was but one, and it was made at different factories all over the U.S. of A. and north of the border in Ontario, Canada.

The car survived for three generations, from 1968 to 1976, and was offered in hardtop, fastback, convertible, sedan, and station wagon body styles. Also marketed as the Fairlane in Venezuela, the Ford Torino came with different powertrains.

Straight-six mills were on the menu, alongside a variety of V8s, which were hooked up to manual or automatic transmissions delivering the respective thrust to the rear axle.

Joining the engine family in 1969, when the pictured example came to life, was the 351 cu-in unit. The 5.8-liter V8 was available with a two- or a four-barrel carburetor, pumping out 250 and 290 horsepower, respectively. If that wasn't enough for the usual muscle car crowd, then they could also order it with the 390 cu-in mill rated at 320 hp.

That might not mean much in today's era when we have EcoBoost Mustangs with four-pot units that are more powerful, but this is 1969 we're talking about, when the Apollo 11 mission landed the first humans on the Moon.

Fitted with the 351 lump, hooked up to the C6 three-speed automatic transmission, and equipped with disc brakes for superior stopping power, this Ford Torino GT is presented in red with a black vinyl roof on top of a black interior. It has lots of shiny chrome trim on the outside, branded tires wrapped around the classic wheels, and a cabin that has aged like a fine wine.

We cannot see any visible wear and tear, so it is likely that someone gave it a new lease on life. This is accentuated by the very clean underbody, suggesting perhaps a complete restoration and not just several rejuvenated parts.

According to the listing on GarageKeptMotors, because it is for sale if you haven't figured it out yet, the air conditioning needs a recharge, and the original manuals and several servicing invoices accompany the car.

It has 50,787 miles (81,734 km) on the clock and seems ready to hit the open road as soon as its future owner signs on the dotted line and transfers the sum.

Speaking of which, this 1969 Ford Torino GT has a buy-it-now price of just south of the $30,000 mark. You can probably trace cheaper examples, but it is worth a second look if it is a fully restored copy.

Could it lure you into the classic muscle car ownership experience?

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