The Ford Torino for 1972 was back and stronger, at least for body lines; the coke bottle shape was on the verge of exaggerated, but now it had a very long hood in front with a much shorter trunk lid. The most obvious feature of all is the emphasized egg crate oval grille. With a notable absence off needless design and ornamentation, the new Torino looked fully functional.
The base model Torino had its own personalized hood and front bumper design. Without the loss of structural strength, the B pillar was thinner, there was a 60-degree rake to the windshield, the front fenders defiantly flared, and the rears swept up toward the roof line. There was no sign of vent windows; the glass was without a frame structure for the sedans and wagon, while the rear bumpers were now full width with the thinner rectangular taillights integrated into the design. All the Torino family now had the Ford Directair flow-through ventilation system. New safety features included integral door edge guards with the flush-mounted outside door handles to complete the external makeover.
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There were more unseen changes with the body-on-frame construction rather than the previous year’s unitized body. The new perimeter design chassis had the front shaped in an energy-absorbing “S” configuration that allowed for a quite smoother ride. There were 14 rubber body mounts with five solid cross members to help take the road bumps away from the passenger compartment. Similar to the full-sized Ford LTD, the Torino used unequal-length front control arms with coil springs mounted on the strut lower control arm, while the back end had the coils sitting on the solid axle; this was the “Stabul four-link suspension system.
The wheels tracked two inches wider with the total package, giving the new Torino uncompromised dampening of vibration. The heavy-duty suspension pack option was similar but had the addition of beefier springs with heavy-duty shocks also included, and it was basic for the “towing package.”
The competition package added heavy-duty sway bars front and rear. Previous to this year, there was no rear sway bar available for the Torino. All the coupes had a one-inch longer body, but they were on a shorter wheelbase than the sedan versions, which sport five-inch longer bodies, as well. The ’71 model’s power steering was also revised with front discs an optional choice, but 14-inch wheels were the only size available for public use, although Torino models ordered for police department used 15 inch rims.
The lineup was consolidated from 14 variations to nine available for the ’72 model year with no convertible on the roster, and a four-door pillared hardtop replaced the four-door hardtops and sedans. The mid-level was now called the Grand Torino with the Torino Brougham an option package, and the Gran Torino Sport was available with the traditional roof line and a fastback. There were only three wagons offered, and the Cobra was discontinued with emphasis now placed on luxury appointments rather than power options.