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, Hardtop Coupe with a formal roof and the Convertible we see here.
Torino was equipped with everything that the Fairlane 500 had with the addition of a lower bodyside molding, special emblems and Torino crest on the C-pillar pf the fastback and coupe.
Inside, the Torino GT enjoyed all-vinyl bucket seats as standard with a center console although the full-width front seat you see here was an option. “Grand Touring” badging was standard on all.
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 however was ordered with a S code 390 cubic inch V8 that outputs 325 horsepower. This is paired with a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission – a combination that would have cost the original owner an additional $377.
Ford sold 5,310 Fairlane Torino GT Convertibles for the 1968 model year. If you had ordered one at the time the price was $3,001 with the base V8. A total of 112,847 Torino GTs were sold across the three models.
This 1968 Torino GT is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)