Seat colors were limited to black or white and were available with all seating trims and options. Road Test magazine wrote the «big engine and whopping torque get the Cobra Jet off the line with smoking tires» in their test of a 1969 Cobra with the Ram Air 428 CJ, four-speed manual, and 3.50 gears. Torinos were now even larger and heavier than ever before. Next was the mid level «Fairlane 500», which was available as a 2-door hardtop, 2-door fastback called SportsRoof, convertible, and a 4-door sedan and station wagon. All engines, other than the 429s, saw a slight drop in compression, which also resulted in a drop in power ratings.
Ford couldn’t help but take notice to the public’s interest in the «Starsky and Hutch» Torino, and decided to introduce a replica version of the TV car. Other than the above changes, the Sport was unchanged from the 1972 model year, and continued to be offered as a 2-door hardtop and 2-door SportsRoof. In the Car and Driver magazine road test of a 1973 Gran Torino Sport, the suspension received high marks for comfort and handling. Ford offered many upholstery options, including a knitted vinyl option, called «comfortweave.» This unique option allowed the vinyl to «breathe» unlike conventional vinyl, offering more comfort in hot weather.
The 351 cu in (5.8 L) or 429 cu in (7.0 L) engine, power steering and the Cruise-O-Matic transmission were required options. You can easily access any of our Cobra product manuals here. The base model was now the «Torino», available as a 2-door hardtop, 4-door sedan and 4-door station wagon.