The Story Behind the 1968 Ford Torino GT Fastback...

...a repost and update of a blog entry done back in 2012.

People have asked what the significance is with the 1968 Ford Torino GT Fastback on the Welcome Page. This is pretty easy to answer. This is the car that the family had (actually it was my Dad's more than anyone else's) when I was a teenager. Even though I had my own cars as a teenager, I always gravitated towards the family vehicle (if you want to call it a family car) to go out on dates with as I thought it was the hottest car to ever hit the streets. It was one of my Dad's ways to deal with his mid-life crisis and I was so proud of him and even more thankful to him, for sharing with me, his love for sleek, fast and fashionable automobiles.

His previous mid-life automobile was a 1961 Ford Galaxie 2 door Hardtop with chrome wheels, a raised rear end and a custom green paint job that faded to black at the fins. It too, was gorgeous.

Of course, I didn't mind washing and waxing either car but I loved the Torino most. I would often repaint the redline Tiger Paw tires and keep the interior in pristine condition using all of the waxes available for naugahyde. It was a wonder we survived, because on turns, one would slide across the seat if not eat-belted in.

I helped my Dad install a reverberation unit in it, which made AM radio magically sound live. Oh, need I mention the fantastic 8 track stereo setup we also installed?

Needless to say, I coveted that car as if it were my own and believe me, there are many fond, life-altering memories that were a result of this vehicle (...if you catch my drift).

The 68 Torino Fastbacks are very hard to find these days. It was the first year of a redesign for Ford on the Fairlane with such a bold, muscle car look. There were only 74,000 made in the 1968 model. Many more were made in 1969 but the 1969 had front headlight changes and a muscle-car hood scoop, as well as, a stripe change to better emulate the Torinos that were being raced by Ford's entry to NASCAR. It just wasn't the same as the '68.

I actually had an opportunity to buy one some 15 years back for the ridiculously low price of $3,000. It was in great shape and a steal, but it was red with a white "C" stripe and my Dad's was "Tahoe Turquoise" with a black "C" stripe. If I were to buy one, it would have to be "Tahoe Turquoise" in honor of him.

 Similar to the 1968 Ford Torino GT Fastback that was for sale in Banks for $3,000 back in 2002

Similar to the 1968 Ford Torino GT Fastback that was for sale in Banks for $3,000 back in 2002

Needless to say, I can't afford the $30,000 - $60,000 they are asking for a restored 68 today and I kick myself in the arse even harder now that I see what they want for models headed to the junk-heap.  So, I sit and reminisce while looking at a 1/64 scale model of the car (though it is in white), stare at a drawing that my youngest son Kyle drew freehand for me and gaze fondly at these pictures that the internet has of someone else's restored 1968 Ford Torino GT Fastback (whether it is in Tahoe Turquoise with the black "C" stripe or not). At the hefty price tag this car now brings in, I can remember just fine without owning one, however, I will continue to kick myself in the arse for being so stubborn 15 years back. Janice helps remind me of how stupid my stubborn-ness has cost when I deciding against it. Oh, man!

But, that's the story.

Attached is a copy of the vehicle that I picked off of the internet. Though it is of someone else's it perfectly depicts my Dad’s.

 1968 Ford Torino GT Fastback in Tahoe Turquoise. 

1968 Ford Torino GT Fastback in Tahoe Turquoise. 

At 50 years old, the car is still beautiful and stylish.

Of all of the muscle cars old guys like me covet, my favorite is and will always be the Ford Torino GT vintage 1968 and 1969. Such beauty and classic lineage... I'd give my eye teeth for one.