Though in the late 1960s and early 1970s pony cars like the Mustang and Camaro, got the lion’s share of American performance enthusiasts’ attentions, the first muscle cars of the early ’60s were typically intermediate sized cars with big engines. The Detroit automakers continued to put out fast sedans until the death of muscle in the mid-1970s. If you were a Ford fan and a Mustang was too small for your family, there was the Torino. The body style, in part designed to perform in NASCAR, had a racy fastback roofline, you could get louvers and spoilers, and if you really wanted to go fast, Ford offered just about every performance engine they made available in the Torino GT, including the big block 429 CI V8 in Cobra Jet form. If the slats and spoilers weren’t enough, you could also order a shaker hood so people could see that it was a CJ doing the shaking. This 19,000 mile original condition, numbers matching survivor was rare in 1971, with fewer than 500 built. It’s even rarer today and if you consider its showroom condition, there can’t be more than a handful of cars like it.
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