Big Wheels: 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport

The 1972 restyle of Ford’s Torino saw the model split into two styles, the basic Torino or the fancy Gran Torino, which featured a bass mouth grill and a few bonus luxury items. The big change under the skin for 1972 may have been the switch back to body-on-frame construction, but you could still get it in fastback, hardtop, sedan, or station wagon (the previous generation convertible was dumped for being a sales loser).  Find this 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport here on eBay bidding for $4,000 reserve-not-met with a $12,500 buy-it-now, located in Canyon County, CA with 2 days to go.

You’ve really got to be a big guy (or gal) to properly cruise in a 70s Gran Torino, and no hipster skinny jeans are allowed — this thing is pure 70s sexy, like a well groomed mustache over a Hawaiian shirt. If you are going to wear pants, they should be bell bottoms, and some man jewelry is totally acceptable, but lose the bracelet unless your name is Johnny Depp or Keith Richards.

Power in this Gran Torino comes from the diminutive 302 small block, which isn’t a 429, but it is cheap to run and should be easy to improve from the stock 137 horsepower and 230 ft-lbs of torque (SAE Net).  The Boyd Coddington wheels are easy enough to replace with a set of Magnum 500s, or even a vintage looking (but modern) Mustang wheel might look better.

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