Rare Ragtop: 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible – Sold?

by | Feb 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

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April 4, 2024, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Ford Motor Company launched its redesigned midsize Fairlane line for the 1968 model year, a new top-trim model called the Torino debuted.  That generation lasted only two model years when Ford redesigned the midsize car for the 1970 model year. By this time, “Torino” became the primary brand name while the “Fairlane” and even “Falcon” labels become sub-brands  of it. Brand name confusion aside, the second generation Ford Torino, produced for just the 1970 and 1971 model years, is our favorite.  With a bigger hood and shorter rear deck flanked by “Coke Bottle” side styling, the second generation Ford Torino longer, lower and wider than the first-generation models.

Despite its great proportions and good looks, Ford did not sell many convertible versions of the second-generation Ford Torino. By 1971, Ford only produced 1,613 Torino GT convertibles.  This Dark Blue 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible For Sale, last spotted on Craigslist in Dripping Springs, Texas (Austin) in February 2024, appears to be a survivor-quality Texas car featuring a 302 cubic inch V8 mated to a C4 automatic.  To date, the seller did not provide pictures of the car’s interior, but it does appear this car features the standard bench seat interior versus the more desirable buckets and console layout.

Last offered for $34,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all second generation Ford Torino body styles and powertrains produced for 1970 and 1971.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $24,900 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $37,300 before making adjustments for equipment and powertrain options.

The 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible stands as a quintessential representation of American muscle car heritage, boasting a potent combination of power, style, and performance. Equipped with the revered 302 cubic inch V8 engine and an automatic transmission, this vehicle exemplifies the pinnacle of automotive engineering during its era.

Under the hood of the Torino GT Convertible lies the heart of its performance prowess – the 302 cubic inch V8 engine. This powerplant, a member of Ford’s Windsor family of engines, is renowned for its robustness and capability. With a displacement of 302 cubic inches, equivalent to approximately 4.9 liters, this engine strikes a balance between power and efficiency. It features a cast-iron block and cylinder heads, contributing to its durability and reliability, traits cherished by enthusiasts and drivers alike.

Featuring a classic overhead valve (OHV) design, the 302 V8 utilizes a two-bolt main bearing setup, providing stability under high loads and ensuring longevity. This engine is equipped with a single carburetor, typically a 2-barrel unit, delivering a precise air-fuel mixture to the combustion chambers. This carburetion system is augmented by an efficient intake manifold, optimizing airflow and enhancing performance across the engine’s operating range.

In terms of power output, the 302 V8 is no slouch. During its production era, it was rated at approximately 210-220 horsepower, depending on specific configurations and tuning. While these figures may seem modest by today’s standards, they were more than adequate for the spirited driving experience that defined the muscle car era of the early 1970s. Torque production, another crucial aspect of performance, was substantial, providing ample low-end grunt and acceleration.

Paired with the 302 V8 engine in the 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible is an automatic transmission, offering seamless gear changes and effortless driving characteristics. The specific transmission option could vary, but the Torino GT commonly featured Ford’s C4 automatic transmission. The C4, known for its ruggedness and simplicity, was a three-speed gearbox renowned for its reliability and smooth operation. Its compact design minimized weight and space requirements, contributing to overall vehicle dynamics and efficiency.

The combination of the 302 V8 engine and automatic transmission imbued the Torino GT Convertible with impressive performance capabilities. Acceleration was brisk, with the V8’s ample torque propelling the vehicle forward with authority. The automatic transmission’s intuitive shifting ensured optimal power delivery, allowing drivers to enjoy spirited driving experiences without the need for constant gear management.

Beyond its mechanical prowess, the 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible also boasted striking aesthetics and design elements synonymous with the era. Its sleek, muscular body lines exuded confidence and presence on the road, while the convertible top added an element of open-air exhilaration to the driving experience. Signature design cues such as the bold front grille, distinctive badging, and dual exhaust outlets further emphasized the Torino GT’s performance pedigree.

Inside the cabin, occupants were treated to a blend of comfort and performance-focused amenities. The interior featured seats, providing both comfort and lateral support during spirited driving maneuvers. Instrumentation was clear and concise, with analog gauges providing essential information to the driver at a glance. Optional features such as air conditioning, power windows, and an upgraded sound system enhanced the driving experience, catering to the desires of discerning buyers.

The 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible equipped with the 302 cubic inch V8 engine and automatic transmission represents an iconic chapter in automotive history. With its potent performance, timeless design, and blend of comfort and excitement, this vehicle continues to captivate enthusiasts and collectors alike, serving as a testament to the enduring legacy of American muscle cars.

The APA 2 YouTube Channel features this 1971 Ford Torino GT commercial:

While the seller provides a number of exterior pictures of their 1971 Ford Torino GT convertible for sale, none of the photographs feature the car’s interior, trunk, or engine bay.  Additionally, no pictures provided to date show the car’s convertible top raised to give buyer’s a way to rate the condition of the car’s roof.  All that said, this Torino appears to be a solid Texas survivor quality example unless the seller confirms their car received a repaint at some point.

If you are serious about buying this Torino GT convertible, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their midsize Ford ragtop featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Only 1,613, the 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible were ever made. This is a cool car in very good condition. This car is in Midnight Blue, has a 302 engine, an automatic transmission, and a power top. Recent service was completed included a new radiator, thermostat, intake manifold gasket, power steering pump, rebuilt transmission, new tries all around and more. There’s also a modern, Bluetooth-capable radio and has a dual exhaust,”

This is a fun car to drive and very clean. This car come with an extra set of stock wheels and has 108,XXX miles on it.

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