@Numberscruncher: Since "my kids are already squabbling over who gets it next", may I offer a suggestion? Will it to the on that UNASKED spends the most time helping you maintain it, and hopefully it won't divide the siblings after you're gone. 🙂
Great story. Our family vehicle was a more mundane '60 Ford wagon. Lot's of good memories of family road trips in that car. My dad died in '65, and mom eventually traded the wagon on the 1st of 2 Chevelles, a '65 that would later be replaced with a '70. I was a Ford kid, and I didn't understand why she thought anything made by Chevrolet could replace a Ford. Looking back on it, I get it, and I wonder if dear old mom had a brand new shiny super-stock Dodge parked in a rickety old garage somewhere. Would love to find all 3 of those cars to see how they are getting along.
My first car at age 17, 1973, was a 68 Torino convertible with a CJ 428. Red, black interior . I had it for two years until the law caught up to me and lost my license for 30 days, my dad cancelled the insurance and sold it . I never forgot it and after seeing one for the first time in decades in 2000, I decided to find one . i bought a 69 GT convert project car and spent 3 years restoring it. It ended up with a Ford Racing crate 5.0 and C4 , it was robin egg blue with white interior. I had alot of help in finding good parts from fellow Torino/Fairlane guys, mostly thru the forum at www.torinocobra.com of which I am still a member. 5 years ago, approaching my 60th birthday, I got the desire to have a car from the year I was born , and after finding a 56 Meteor Niagara two door hardtop, I let the Torino go . Now thanks to covid, I don't even have the Meteor anymore, I sold it to a fellow in Sweden . These days, my wife and I share an 89 Corvette convert which has been her dream car since forever. I still have alot of pics of the Torino , I don't know how to post them here.
Thanks for the memories. My first new car was a '69 Torino GT - Only advantage I had over you was the car had bench seats - much better for dating 😉 390/4spd . Rubber in three out of four- needed weight in the trunk.. But I stayed with the local six packs and Chevelles. I am sure it has rusted away somewhere. If we knew and had the $ then to match what we know and have ($) now..... Kim
Although the cIosest I ever came to one of these was the one a distant cousin owned; the '69 Torino has always been a favorite of mine. In art class, I could reproduce one at will, (along w/ a '69 Mustang, LOL!) Yours is a beautiful car and something to really treasure. My personal preference, though ran to having the stripe on the side, the hood scoop, and Magnum wheels! 🙂