1968 Ford Torino Hardtop Apparel and Accessories by Legend Lines
For 1968, Ford introduced a new model, the Torino. A new addition for 1968 was the two-door fastback "SportsRoof" bodystyle. It featured a gently sloped roof line that extended to the edge of the trunk lid. This new fastback body style gave the Torino excellent aerodynamics that would later prove to be advantageous on the race track. Ford had several different models for 1968 which consisted of a 2-door hardtop, a 4-door sedan, the station wagon and, the "Torino GT", the sporty version for the hardtop, the fastback, and a convertible. The Torino GT's standard features exterior trim, GT markings on wheel covers, handling suspension package. GTs were available with a stripe option, which started as a 'C' shape at the edge of the front fender, and two body stripes extended the length of the car. Torino GT models came standard with a 302 cu in small block V8. Other available engines included a 390 cu in FE engine, and a 427 cu in FE engine. While the 427 cu in engine was initially listed as an engine option for 1968 in factory literature, no Torinos were actually produced with this engine during 1968. Introduced on April 1, the 428 cu in Cobra-Jet FE engine became available as an engine option, but due to its mid-year introduction these engines are very rare. All models came standard with a three-speed manual transmission, while the C4 Cruise-O-Matic automatic and four-speed manual transmissions were options. According to contemporary reviews, when equipped properly the Torino GT offered a good combination of power and handling. Ford lovers have a reason to rejoice. 1968 was a successful year for Torino with 172,083 units produced. The Torino was well received by the automotive press and a 1968 Torino GT convertible was selected as the 1968 Indianapolis 500 pace car.