The catalyst was introduced and the Cleveland engine dies. Here are a few sample pictures of the respective models:
|4-door sedan (pillared hardtop)|
|4-door station wagon|
|Engines:||351 cid (5.752ccm)||V8 Windsor|
|351 cid (5.752ccm)||V8 Modified|
|400 cid (6.555ccm)||V8 335er Series|
|460 cid (7.538ccm)||V8 385er Series|
|Wheelbase:||114,0 in (2.896mm) - 2-door|
|118,0 in (2.997mm) - 4-door & station wagon|
|Length overall:||213,6 in (5.425mm) - 2-door|
|217,6 in (5.527mm) - 4-door|
|222,6 in (5.654mm) - station wagon|
|Width overall:||79,3 in (2.014mm)|
|79,0 in (2.007mm) - station wagon|
|Curb Weight:||3.987 4.456 lb (1.808 2.021 KG)|
For the ’75 model year, the Torino received a number of small improvements, but remained largely unchanged. The Gran Torino Elite was no longer part of the Torino series but has become an independent model. It was marketed as a Ford Elite. It introduced a transistor ignition system that improved performance and fuel economy and reduced maintenance costs. Radial tires, power steering and brake booster were series. All ’75 Torinos got a new steering wheel design. A new option for the year was the “Fuel Sentry”, an indicator for fuel consumption. On the exterior, almost nothing was changed. Only the Torino got the radiator grille of the Gran Torinos. Although the dimensions remained the same, the weight increased again.
To meet the new emission standard in 1975, they installed a catalyst. This significantly reduced the performance due to increased exhaust back pressure. Thereupon Ford changed the standard engine to the 351er double carburetor including automatic transmission. There was no manual transmission available. With the exception of the 460 V8, all engines lost power. The 351er 4-times carburetor was not in the program, there was only the 400er double and the 460er 4-times carburetor.
The 351 Cleveland engine was discontinued after 1974. A new 351M (modified) followed suited. The 351W (windsor) remained in the program and was always installed as a double carburetor. The 351M and the 400 share many engine parts to save costs. However, the 351M and 351W had no significant difference in performance. The 351M was not available in California due to tighter emission standards.
The Gran Torino Sport was still in the program and remained almost unchanged. It was still indistinguishable from the conventional Gran Torino. That’s why it was sold only 5,126 times.
Sales fell sharply. Since the elite has become an independent model, a large part broke away. Only 195,110 Torinos were produced. Although 123,372 Elite units were sold, representing a total of 318,482 units, this is significantly lower than in the previous year.