The Ford Fairlane received a complete restyle for the 1968 model year with the top-line models using the Torino nameplate.
Sitting just above the Fairlane 500, the Torino was made up of six models. Three of those were sporty GT models consisting of a Fastback, Convertible and the Hardtop Coupe with a formal roof as we see here.
Torino was equipped with everything that the Fairlane 500 had with the addition of a lower bodyside molding, special emblems and the Torino crest on the C-pillar.
Inside, the Torino GT enjoyed all-vinyl bucket seats as standard with center console and “Grand Touring” badging.
Originally the 1968 Torino GT models came with a 302 cubic inch V8 as standard. After only about one month of the 1968 model year product there was a cost-cutting exercise as the result of a six-week UAW strike. This resulted in the standard engine in the GT being changed to a 289. It was a change that wasn’t reflected in the sales literature of the time.
This particular Torino GT came originally with one of those 289s (C code) but has since been fitted with a 302.
Coming with a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission it would have cost the original owner an additional $275.
Ford sold 23,939 Fairlane Torino GT Series 2-door hardtops for the 1968 model year. If you had ordered one at the time the price was $2,772 with the base V8. A total of 112,847 Torino GTs were sold across the three models.
This ’68 Torino GT is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)