The Gran Torino was first introduced in 1972 as a higher end option to the base Torino. Traditionally most models higher end variants include very little in the way of noticeable differences with the increases occurring under the hood or inside the car; however, the Gran Torino sets itself apart from the Torino with a very distinct oval grille. This, arguably, dramatic design would be seen only in the ’72 changing in ’73 do to safety regulations, though Ford would still use different grille designs to distinguish between the Torino and Gran Torino.
Aside from a wagon option and the Gran Torino Sport the ’72 would come with a base 4.1-liter inline-six motor for all models. The Gran Torino Sport, like this one featured, came with a small-block V8. This particular ’72 has since undergone a frame on restoration with updates taking place from motor to in-car electronics and nearly all the nuts and bolts in between.
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