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Weekend Edition – A 1969 Ford Torino Talladega from upstate New York… Talk about an Obscure Muscle Car!

Jim Brennan October 26, 2013 For Sale, Weekend Edition 17 Comments

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

  • cruisintime

    That is some serious muscle. I drove a similar big block Torino back then and it had"wallowy" handling and a squishy ride. But it went like hell!

  • tonyola

    I suppose $25K isn't too bad for something that's been cobbled together with a replacement non-stocker engine. The 427 disappeared from Ford's lineup in mid-'68, replaced by the 428 CJ. Now let's see if we can find a super-rare Mercury Cyclone version of the Talladega.

    • OA5599

      It isn't just the engine that's a non-stocker here. Somebody added the third pedal, too. They came with a column shifted C6.

    • Redd Necke

      For a blast from the past go to genefeltonrestorations.com , then click on past restorations. There's a couple of Cyclones along with the infamous '66 Ford Holly Farms "Banana Car". "Templates? We don't need no stinking templates !"

  • $kaycog

    This is a beautifully customized '69 Torino Talladega, "GPT Special", built by Rad Rides by Troy.
    [youtube x-RZw6F5pUc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-RZw6F5pUc youtube]

    • Beauty is clearly in the eye of the beholder. I'm afraid I just can't dig it. Great workmanship, but I wouldn't have bothered. Not an improvement. Different; not better.

      • OA5599

        Agreed. I had expected the car in the Youtube freeze-frame to be a different car than the one $kay was talking about. I watched the video for about two minutes before I realized there wasn't going to be a second car.

        Interesting choice of engine under the hood. The Boss '9 was homologated in Mustangs and NASCAR eventually accepted that engine to be used in Torinos, but all of these cars, whether street versions (428CJ) or for competition (427), originally came with an FE engine.

        • bob

          not so some had 351 4 bl's in the street versions, my dad was managing a Ford store at the time and I personally drove a Mercury version (Dan Gurney as I recall) that he bootlegged from another dealer for a customer because he couldn't get a Talledaga.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Not so much a muscle car as an homologation special. Right up there with the Superbird. The changes have real performance and aerodynamic impacts, and justify the aesthetics. At the very least it looks enormously better than Torinos to follow.

  • mr smee

    Love me some big fast-back coupes! Any big fastback, love em all, this especially. The 'turbine' wheels look OK too. Seriously, the Torino fastbacks are truly beautiful, when you look close, the design is really quite subtle, beautiful proportions, that's what's been lost.

  • ptschett

    Two tangentially-related thoughts:
    -Every year I buy a car calendar from one of those kiosks in the middle of the mall main aisle. This year's calendar has the Torino Talladega as the October car.
    -I spent this afternoon washing and waxing the Challenger. I found myself wondering how many CFD & wind-tunnel runs were necessary to get this front end to be aerodynamic enough for production in the modern era.
    <img src="http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab40/ptschett/random/IMG_2757_zps5718f5ec.jpg&quot; width="400">
    *yeah my beer belly is evident in this photo.

  • www.oddimotive.com

    This car has been making the internet rounds for a couple weeks and I find myself torn, as I've been a fan of these cars for 25+ years.

    I like the car, but wonder why one would pick a Talladega to modify. The car should have a C6 automatic, 428CJ, bench seat and chrome bumpers. The third pedal and buckets surely make this much more fun to drive, but I would start with a more basic (borderline dime a dozen) Torino if I was going to cobble together a resto-mod.

    It seems that anyone in the Talladega market wants an original car and this car, while cool, is a bit overpriced for what it is and its apparent condition. That being said, if this car was found this with no engine and trans, this was a cool way to "save" it for now. Perhaps values will eventually get to where they need to be to support a proper restoration? They're probably close already…

    • Tim Hammett

      Says original rims. Not so. The tail lights look 1968 to me.

      • www.oddimotive.com

        Good pt – wheels were similar to (if not exactly the same as) the '69 Mustang GT's.

        • Dave

          Ah but he says he has the original rims, not that they are fitted.

  • Gauthier

    My dad bought one new in 69 mom was not to happy but I was.