27 Apr 2016

The Fast and the Classic: 1972 Ford Gran Torino

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There are few movie series as beloved and watched by car lovers as the Fast & Furious franchise. The last movie Furious 7, released in 2015, gained $1,514,019,071 at the worldwide box office. It features during the chase between the US and Mexico border in Fast & Furious, a thrilling chase that seemed to push the car to its limits and the audience to the edge of their seats.

This car is the embodiment of power, speed and adrenaline that the movie series presents to audiences and would be a great addition for any classic lover.

A Crime Fighting Machine

The 1972 Ford Gran Torino model also starred in another high-energy production: Starsky and Hutch. Originally the crime fighting duo were mean to drive a Chevrolet Camaro, but Ford was the lease supplier for the production company at the time and so the classic Gran Torino came to be the crime fighting car we all remember and love. The car was custom painted; on top of the factory red colour was the custom vector white stripe that has come to distinguish Starsky’s car.

This crime fighting machine is no less impressive in real life than it is on screen. This 1972 model was a redesign of the previous generation and carried over many of the same characteristics, the styling of which emphasised the long hood and short deck look, which has strong elements of coke bottle styling. It comes in all sorts of variants, from two-door hardtops to a 5-door station wagon, and is a great looking car in each form.

The general specification for the standard model includes:

  • 249.5cui engine
  • 181lb-ft, 245nm torque
  • 93 mph top speed
  • 0-60mph in 16.6 seconds
  • 4-speed manual

A Muscle Car with a Difference

This car is a classic that realistically isn’t going to break the bank if you wish to own it, unlike Bond’s Aston Martin or Marty McFly’s Delorean. Depending on the model you can be looking at a price tag between a few thousand and upward to about twenty thousand pounds.

Of course, if you’re looking for another great Fast and Furious model the 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse is a great model that again is quite low cost: only a few thousand pounds to part with for this movie icon.

If one of these muscle cars sits in your garage then we here at Smartway would be happy to give it the body repair work that it deserves. So, get in touch with our team today for all your repair works.

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