1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport- Fastback Q-Code 351 Cobrajet, Black! Sportsroof!!!
- Condition: Used
- Make: Ford
- Model: Torino
- SubModel: Sport Fastback
- Type: Fastback
- Doors: 2
- Year: 1973
- Mileage: 66,584
- VIN: 3A35Q305263
- Color: Black
- Engine size: 351 Q-Code Cobrajet 4v
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
- Interior color: Black
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1973 Ford Torino Sport Fastback
Thank you for looking. Up for auction is my RARE 1973 Gran Torino Sport Fastback with Factory Q Code 351 Cobrajet 4v, C6 Auto, HD Suspension, floor shift, high back bucket seats, console and tachometer gauge pack & 3.25 rear end. All from the factory (I have both the Marti Report AND Ford 99 Report)!!!
It was built in Atlanta, GA on 6/12/1973, special order #7739 (see scan of Ford Report). The prior owner told me he got it in Georgia as well. This was a factory air car but the AC is not on the car. I have most of the parts but they need a rebuild if, you choose to do so. The car also has intermittent wipers and Rear defrost (SUPER RARE glass on a fastback car).
I am selling this car only because I have started a business. My loss (big) could be your gain (HUGE).
This was a 2 year only model, made famous by the movie ‘Gran Torino’ with Clint Eastwood! These particular models have risen significantly since the movie. This car has been a labor of love for me over the last several years, with countless hours restoring it. If you are interested in a SUPER rare and cool muscle car, read on…
This Gran Torino Sport Fastback has many rare and desirable options, and to top it off, it’s factory color is special order #7739 in Black (hard to find) on Black. If you want to see it, I would encourage you to call me and set up an appointment. The car must be trailered or shipped as the new interior is not installed and the sticker is not current.
Please do not ask to buy the NOS or other parts separate, I want them to go with the car so she can get finished- she’s rare and really deserves to be done up right.
This car is ALMOST THERE. Below is a detailed description - what needs to be done is not much:
· -Paint & minor body work. Front fenders look great. Rear quarters look good overall but may need a little work. There are some goosebumps on the passenger wheel well. The wheel houses do need minor patching but look pretty solid overall. I did not paint over them as the car has been stored at my house and was not worried about deterioration.
· -Doors are decent but may need a little brazing on the bottom seams. Driver’s door pin (hinge pin) should be replaced (have new ones that will go with car). There is a small dent (soft, not sharp) on the driver’s front lower fender, no rust. Thank my son for that. A few small dings. There was no way I would short-cut the body just to get more money out of her, so I am selling it as it sits. I had a piece of the rear passenger floor professionally welded in to replace it, and I used an original, clean southern 1973 Ford Torino floor piece to do this (see pics).
· - Interior install. Have pretty much everything, either new or restored and it will go with the car. No point in installing it before paintwork. See pictures and see below for details, lots of $$$ spent.
I did some really nice (yeah, that means EXPENSIVE) upgrades & restoration to the car. This was going to be my dream resto-mod, so I didn’t do it cheaply because I wanted everything to last. The great news is if you want it factory, I saved everything I took off the car, and it will go with the car. I even have a set of factory Ford 14” steel wheels, (new in boxes) that will go with the car. The engine had a minor rebuild by the previous owner, and runs solid. The Transmission, Suspension, Brakes and rear end seals have been professionally R&R’d or rebuilt. All fluids have been changed as well, but it could use an oil change and probably new plugs as it has been started, idled up to temp, moved, and parked periodically to keep everything in working order. The details:
· Car has been dropped roughly 2.5” in the rear and 1.5” in the front. This was done using the Torino handling bible. I chose Eaton 1300 pound springs for the rear and Crown Victoria Police Interceptor shocks and springs for the front, all new. The car turns in crisp, but not kidney destroying on the bumps- with none of the wallow associated with early 70’s muscle cars in the turns. I have the original Heavy-Duty (HD) suspension saved in boxes, too;
· New Energy Suspension Poly bushings throughout the suspension and rear sway bar for responsiveness;
· (5) New American Racing 17” Rims and Nitto Extreme NT450 Tires all around Front: 255/50/17 and 275/50/17 in rear. I also have a 5th brand-new matching wheel and tire. It was sized so you can use the spare in the front or rear as the diameter is identical. Took me 2 years of research to get backspacing & tire size PERFECT. Wheels and tires fit perfectly in the wells - with NO rub. My cost on this was almost $1,800 and my wife almost killed me about the whole process (kidding). You can still see the blue in the tread (see pics), there are less than 200 miles since new as it was hardly driven;
· Factory C-6 transmission was completely rebuilt with Kevlar bands for strength and response. Cost me about $1,100;
· Custom, true dual exhaust with chrome tips and x-pipe mounted under transmission for easy transmission servicing at a cost of $1,100. The car also has headers.
· Brand-new and installed: 5-core aluminum radiator ($250), NEW Holly Carb $225 (electric choke, with all manuals & CD & box), 100-amp alternator (bright headlights!), quick ratio steering box, belts, hoses, heater core, brake lines, NEW front wheel bearings rotors & rebuilt and painted front calipers, “Pertronix” electronic ignition (saved parts replaced) & matching coil. BRAND NEW factory fuel tank ($475, try finding one) installed and fuel lines were blown out. New solenoid. Recent battery cables and correct battery hold down. Battery is weak and will need replacement. I will provide and install a new battery prior to pick up-if the car meets reserve. Chin spoiler. Have NOS bumper apron that will go with car.
· Rebuilt/restored mechanical: Master cylinder, power booster for brakes, front calipers & rotors, rear end seals and all fluids replaced, Accel performance spark plug wires.
· Replaced power steering pump with nice OEM pump (stripped & repainted correct color, power steering fluid drained and replaced), Wiper motor.
· Restored interior: Restored dashboard. Professionally re-padded and replaced all seats at a cost of roughly $1,000. Restored factory console (very hard to find!) with all mounting brackets. Seatbelts disassembled, washed, dried and appropriately lubed- then stored. They look awesome. Dashboard cleaned and properly painted with SEM, rebuilt clock with quartz movement, LED bulbs installed in gauge pack, steering wheel restored, new headlight switch. Door panels need to be R&R (not a big deal, see pictures). All other interior plastic had been cleaned, properly prepped with SEM, and re-shot with SEM interior and stored. All metal headliner trim cleaned, prepped and repainted.
- · Undercarriage was stripped down to bare metal, POR-15 applied with a black topcoat afterwards, as were the front inner wheel wells. Bumpers pulled off and R&R’d inner mounts and epoxy coated them prior to installation (for longevity);
- · New Interior parts: Full carpet (still in box), noise cancelling insulation (unopened), headliner (in box), new fan motor;
- · Engine bay partially restored. Looks decent as-is but it could be easily upgraded to “awesome”. Wiring harnesses in engine bay re-wrapped. New horns, new EGR valve.
· Factory options include and are present with the car (unless noted):
351 4v “Cobrajet” engine (RARE!!!!!) – rebuilt by prior owner, runs solid, I wrecked one of the ignition wires and put a non-matching one so it should be replaced;
The Original Cobrajet chrome air cleaner- try finding one- SUPER, SUPER RARE. Looks okay for a 40 year-old car, but you could easily re-chrome cover. Air cleaner box stripped down to bare metal, primed & painted;
C6 Automatic Transmission- Professionally rebuilt with Kevlar bands, works GREAT, shifts crisp;
Floor shift and console (Rare) – console is restored and ready for install, needs repro pad (easy to get);
Full gauge pack (Rare)
Factory Air Conditioning (The originals are not with the car, I sourced replacements but they need to be rebuilt).
Installed RARE factory rear defrost glass & indicator lamp, fully functioning. SUPER RARE on a fastback!!!
Interior Seats: $1,000
Radiator $ 250
Carb. $ 225
Fuel Tank $ 475
Total: $5,950 This is just major components. Have tons of other stuff installed.
I am into it for WAYYYYY more than this, even excluding the cost of the actual car itself. And the labor. I have inches of receipts, lol- and TONS of personal time into this. If the car meets the LOW reserve price, I will throw in (2) BRAND NEW NOS Bumpers, front and rear- still new and sitting in boxes. These are driver grade, nice and shiny (with a couple of minor blems). If you can find these, your cost would be about $1,500. My loss = your gain. You should easily be able to part out the car for more than the reserve, but please don’t do that.
Check out my feedback, it’s 100% as a buyer and seller, so bid with confidence! Please note that this car is for sale elsewhere and the seller reserves the right to cancel the auction at any time.
Other things & details:
· - Car has clean title
- · - I have a full set of VERY NICE, original tinted glass (door glass and rear quarter glass, both sides) for the car that I will sell to the new owner for $500 and carefully pack in the car when it ships, if you so opt. New un-tinted windows will run you about $1,300 so I think it’s a fair price.
· -Additionally, I also have a powder-coated pair of hood hinges, still in the wrapper that I will part with for $75 (cost me almost double).
· -Bonus new/NOS/repro parts included: NOS Bumper apron, spare window felts, new package tray, interior screw kit, NOS heat riser duct, repro floor shift knob, spare electrical parts
· -Will check for other NOS pieces. If available, will sell to buyer for a fraction of their value. Otherwise, these optional parts will be listed on ebay. Contact me at the end of the auction to arrange payment, if you want them. Any parts that cannot fit in the car will be shipped to your door for just the cost of shipping and insurance, if we need to do that. If you are local, you can opt to pick them up.
One last note, and this will tell you how rare this car really is:
Of the Torinos made for 1973:
· Only a total of 51,853 were fastbacks out of a total production of 496,581 units in 1973. This means that only about 10% were fastbacks or “sportroofs”.
Also, if I remember correctly:
· Only 9% were 351 4V equipped cars, and of those
· Only 8% were black (special order color only).
· Further, only about ½ were C6 Automatic transmissions.
· Even less had full gauge packs, and
· Still even fewer had factory buckets & consoles and HD suspension. You do the math-- this is an extremely rare and desirable car that just begs to be finished.
If you need more pictures, please message me and I will be happy to email additional ones. Ebay no longer allows 3rd party pic hosting, so I could not include a link to additional pictures in this listing.