Weekend Edition – A 1969 Ford Torino Talladega from upstate New York… Talk about an Obscure Muscle Car!
Welcome to the Hooniverse Weekend on this fourth weekend of October. This is also the weekend in whick our senior East Coast editor, Kamil, is participating in the Halloween Hooptiefest at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and we will have updates from time to time throughout the weekend. In honor of this stunning event, and to tie in with my own Obscure Muscle Car Postings, I present to you this 1969 Ford Torino Talladega that is currently offered for sale through Craigslist by way of Rochester, NY.
According to Wikipedia, the 1969 Torino Talladega was built between January 21st and February 28th of 1969. Only 749 cars were built during this period (which included a two-week shutdown period!) and it was reported that Ford lost several thousand dollars on every Talladega that was built. The modifications to make a Torino into a Talladega included producing a sleeker front section that extended the nose about six inches. There was also a flush mounted grill installed instead of the production Torino grill, and a modified bumper that was actually a production rear bumper that had been chopped, narrowed, and filled to create an air dam.
Production Talladegas were offered in only three colors: Wimbledon White (286 built), Royal Maroon (258 built), or Presidential Blue (199 built). All cars were believed to have the optional AM radio installed, along with the only interior combination across the board… an all black vinyl and cloth trim package with a front bench seat.
The car being offered appears to be one of the Presidential Blue Talladegas, and according to the listing:
1969 Ford Talladega( gap car ) w/ 427 side oiler short block. Has 390 bottom end 428 cj heads,sidewinder intake,Holley carb and aluminum radiator. Close ratio 4 speed w/ new Kevlar clutch package, original 325 gears and Detroit locker. Has custom gas filler in top of driver rear fender. Has after market buckets seats. Have stock rims and trim. Most everything else is original. 427 side oiler block, 391 steel crank, cap screw rods and pop up pistons included. Also have several original parts not on car.
Asking price for this one of 749 Ford Torino Talladegas is a not unreasonable $25,000. If all the original hardware is there, and you can find a proper bench seat to replace those hideous buckets, then you would really have something. See the listing here, or if the ad disappears, see the listing here.