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Special Order: Ford Gran Torino Sport Fastback


Special order cars typically go one of two ways: loaded to the hilt with the good stuff or wierdly-equipped with features that add little value. Fortunately, this 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport fastback here on eBay seems to fall into the former category, as it packs a nice blend of performance and convenience options. The seller has tackled a fair amount of work already, but has put the car up for sale to finance a business project. It’s available in New Hampshire with a starting bid of $6,500. 

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From the factory, this Torino was ordered with the following equipment: the Q Code 351 Cobrajet 4v, a C6 automatic transmission, HD suspension, floor shift, high back bucket seats, console and tachometer gauge pack and a 3.25 rear end. From a mechanical standpoint, the original owner certainly knew what he wanted in a car with both performance capabilities and sensible equipment. It’s also a factory A/C car that was originally black on black. The seller will include both the Marti Report and Ford 99 Report verifying these specifications. The seller notes that the Fastbacks were one of the smaller production groups, made even more so with the presence of the gauge package, factory buckets and console and HD suspension.

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While the car may look rough, the seller has performed a fair amount of the hard work needed to set this car up for a proper restoration. The floors have been cleaned up with new metal welded in where any rust had formed; a new interior, including dashboard, goes with the car to the next owner. He’s upgraded the suspension to provide the best blend of increased handling capabilities without making the ride too firm and also retained the original HD suspension. New wheels and tires, a rebuilt transmission, custom dual exhaust and additional parts still in boxes round out the list. The original Cobrajet chrome air cleaner will also be included.

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While the seller claims he has invested significant money and time into this rare Torino (and there’s no reason to doubt that he has), there’s still more work to do. The interior will need to be finished and he notes the engine bay is decent but could be better. The motor was rebuilt by the previous owner, so here’s hoping it remains sound. The body will likely need some metal work in a few trouble spots and the paint definitely needs a make-over if you want to see it shine. Overall, this is an interesting car that would be more appealing with a finished interior, but the seller is calling it quits now and moving it along. Do you think this is a find worth scooping up or is too labor-intensive?


  1. piper62j

    Not bad.. At first glance, it looked like a Mustang.. Nice car and looks to be an easy project to finish..

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    • racer99

      Thought the same thing on the first picture — looks like a Mustang II from that angle.

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  2. racer99

    Don’t think the market demand has boosted the prices on these yet so I’m not sure that it’s worth his asking price in it’s current (disassembled) condition. I wouldn’t doubt the seller has much more already in it but that’s the issue with “labor of love” projects — unless you find someone who’s taste is exactly the same as yours you better plan to keep it. These were heavy cars with smog-restricted engines and the 3.25 rear isn’t going to boost performance either. You would think a long day working in the car would get the interior installed which would add thousands to the value. Maybe a Starsky and Hutch fan would be interested.

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    • Mike H. Mike H.

      Starsky & Hutch didn’t drive the Sportsroof model; it was the regular Torino coupe, and it was the 1974 model (pun intended!) Not the same car, really.

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  3. piper62j

    You’re right Racer.. Seller should have finished the car.. I believe he lost interest and moved on to the business venture. This car should finish up nicely and be enjoyed as a driver..

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  4. DENIS

    I like those cars…owned several even though I’m a GM guy. I think it should be owned for $4500 lock, stock, and barrel…she’s a looong way from done.

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  5. crazyfordguy

    I don’t like the blacked out bumpers… glad to see he’s including new chrome ones.

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  6. Mike

    I don’t know what I was thinking, the first glance at the picture I was thinking it was a pinto for some reason, I think I have been smelling paint thinner to much lately!!!!

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  7. sir mike

    1973….the year of the porno bumpers.Look like Checker cab front bumpers.Possible to back date front bumper to a thinner chrome one.Would be a car worth saving…like it

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  8. RoughDiamond

    I’d love to have it sitting in my garage.

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  9. stillrunners

    it’s a nice car….but not a special order car….it was ordered like most of that year……….. a 4 speed would be kinda special….

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  10. Prowler

    Must be an optical illusion…
    I saw a Mustang II……must be time to clean the screen on my phone and maybe check the meds

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  11. Tom Driscoll

    Had no idea the “original CJ ar cleaner” was rare? Probably due to the vacuum operated air door on the side…
    Sure did look like a mustang II at first glance…ouch!

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