In 1972, major changes were again made to the Ford Torino. New front fenders and a rounder roofline gave the car a more “coke bottle” design, which was very popular among muscle cars at that time. The car’s redesigned front grille was somewhat similar to the Cobra’s, and its taillights were installed into the rear bumpers.
The Cobra was no longer available on the Torino line-up, but a new model called the Gran Torino was introduced, and the GT model was renamed the Gran Torino Sport. Engine options that were available for the 1972 Torino included the 250 cid inline-6 base engine, the 302 cid Windsor, 351 cid Windsor, 351 cid Cleveland, 400 cid 335 Series, and the 429 cid 335 Series. Ford offered less Torino models this year, but the new version was such a huge success that it sold more than 450,000 units, which made it the top-selling intermediate car of the year.
In the following years, the performance of the Ford Torino started to decline because of the imposition of new emission standards. The muscle car era had ended, and manufacturers began to offer a whole new breed of automobiles in the market. Ford discontinued the production of the Torino in the year 1976, but this great car has made an indelible mark on American automotive history, and it continues to impress classic car enthusiasts today.