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1976 Torino

 

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Nine models made up the mid-size Torino lineup this year: base, Gran Torino and Brougham two- and four-doors, and a trio of wagons. Gran Torino Sport was dropped. Two-doors rode a 114 in. wheelbase; four-doors measured 118 in. between hubs. The similar-size Elite was a separate model. Fuel economy was improved by recalibrating engine spark and back-pressure EGR, and lowering the rear axle ratio to 2.75:1. Five body colors were new. Torino and Gran Torino got a new saddle interior. Appearance was similar to 1975. Side-by-side quad round headlamps flanked a one-piece plastic grille with tiny crosshatch pattern, divided into six sections by vertical bars. Clear vertical parking/signal lamps hid behind twin matching outer sections, making eight in all. 'Ford' block letters stood above the grille. Two-door Torinos retained the conventional pillarless design, while four-doors were referred to as "pillared hardtops." Bodies held frameless, ventless curved side glass. Standard engine was the 351 cu. in. (5.8-liter) V-8 with two-barrel carburetor and solid-state ignition. SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic, power front disc/rear drum brakes, power steering, and HR78 x 14 steel-belted radial tires were standard. Two V-8s were optional: a 400 cu. in. two-barrel and the big 460 four-barrel. Torino's front suspension used single lower control arms, strut bar and ball joints. Coil springs brought up the rear. Bodies sat on a separate torque box perimeter-type frame. Standard equipment included a cloth/vinyl front bench seat with adjustable head restraints, vinyl door trim panels, recessed door handles, day/night mirror, heater/ defroster, and inside hood release. Broughams had a split bench seat. Torino and Gran Torino wore hubcaps; Broughams added wheel covers, as well as opera windows and a vinyl roof. Wagons had a three-way tailgate and locking storage compartment. Squire wagons added a power tailgate window, full wheel covers, and woodgrain paneling with side rails. New options included a bucket seat console (on Gran Torino two-door); opera windows for the base Torino two-door (as well as other models); space-saver spare tire; and engine immersion heater. Also optional: an automatic parking brake release and electric decklid release.

PRODUCTION NUMBERS

Model Number

Body / Style Number

Body Type & Seating

Factory Price

Shipping Weight

Production Total

TORINO

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

65B

2-dr. HT Cpe-6P

4172

3976

34,518

27

53B

4-dr. HT Sed-6P

4206

4061

17,394

40

71B

4-dr. Sta Wag-6P

4521

4409

17,281

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAN TORINO

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

65D

2-dr. HT Cpe-6P

4461

3999

23,939

31

53D

4-dr. HT Sed-6P

4495

4081

40,568

42

71D

4-dr. Sta Wag-6P

4769

4428

30,596

43

71K

4-dr. Sqr Wag-6P

5083

4454

21,144

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAN TORINO BROUGHAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

32

65K

2-dr. HT Cpe-6P

4883

4063

3,183

33

53K

4-dr. HT Sed-6P

4915

4144

4,473

   

 

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