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1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport SportsRoof

1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport in Gran Torino, Movie, 2008 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: US

1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport SportsRoof

[*][*][*][*][*] The vehicle is part of the movie

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AuthorMessage

Neptune US

2008-10-25 03:15

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stpaulcarguy US

2009-01-05 03:54

BEST CAR IN THE WHOLE MOVIE!!!!

-- Last edit: 2009-01-22 03:27:07

Diesel Jim CA

2009-01-08 02:25

Can't be THAT important...not in THIS movie. ;) LOL!

holden nut AU

2009-01-13 23:54

I've seen better, the 1976 model is better looking THAN THAT! :/

atom SE

2009-01-20 12:22

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From the end of the movie:
Spoiler - click here to see it
"You can keep the Gran Torino, on the condition you don't chop-top the roof like one of those beaners, don't paint any idiotic flames on it like some white trash hillbilly, and don't put a gay spoiler on the rear end like you see on all of the other zipperheads cars, it just looks like hell."

BeanBandit FI

2009-01-20 13:02

If it only were year-two older.
1970 - 71 Torino is the best looker.

Neptune US

2009-01-20 17:41

Indeed, but this one is still nice I think.

hiergehts CH

2009-01-22 07:02

The 1972 is by far the best looking of the 1972-76 Torino series. The later cars big bumpers ruined the look and shape of it and the 'sportsroof' version was only sold in 1972 & 1973.

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rjluna2 US

2009-01-30 13:50

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an Q&A on the news article at Metro section (page C2), Thursday, January 29th, 2009:

Q: We just saw Clint Eastwood's movie "Gran Torino." [Sic] was that car really his own?

A: [Sic] As for the car, it's his now. The 1972 Gran Torino was purchased for the movie from Salt City Classic and Muscle, a Vernal, Utah, dealership.
The movie was filmed in Michigan, and the car was bought through a Michigan car dealer so that the film qualified for state tax incentives. Incidentally, Eastwood drove a Gran Torino in "Magnum Force" the second Dirty Harry movie in 1973. ( /vehicle_19043-Ford-Gran-Torino-1973.html ).

typhlosion US

2009-02-02 05:22

i think it should only have 3 stars and the truck should have five stars because the torino only gets drive once in the last scene for just a minute while the ford truck is driven multiple times!!!

ford_guy US

2009-02-02 05:53

This car only deserves three or four stars, definitely not five. And even though it is only driven in one scene, it is featured throughout the movie and is central to the story. I give it four stars because of its importance.

Raul1983 FI

2009-03-15 22:42

1973-1976 Torino is the best looking of the Torino series (Starsky & Hutch) ;)

chicomarx BE

2009-03-17 19:50

I'd give it 5. It's "part of the movie". It's on the poster, the movie is named after it, and the story revolves around it.

More suitable than "used a lot by a main character or for a long time".

G-MANN UK

2009-04-01 22:20

It's definetely not worth 5 stars, even though the film is named after it, it doesn't appear in many scenes, doesn't get a large amount of actual screentime and is only briefly driven at the end of the film. In fact it might even only be worth 3 stars.

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BiltFordTuff US

2009-05-28 22:52

This great looking 1972 Gran Torino Sport deserves 5 stars because...
1. The movie is named Gran Torino
2. Everybody wants this car
3. The movie revolves around it!

tv boy US

2009-06-01 15:15

Perhaps it should get five stars on the strength of playing the title role. The Cadillac in the 1956 movie "The Solid Gold Cadillac" got five stars despite having an even smaller role than the Gran Torino does in this film.

/vehicle_9643-Cadillac-Eldorado-Biarritz-1956.html

I don't know if the Cadillac is rated too high or the Gran Torino is rated too low.

tv boy US

2009-06-05 03:43

Three stars would be way too little for this movie, that implies a character drove it just to have a mode of transportation and that it has no further meaning to the movie.

takumi FR

2009-06-07 15:31

Vraiment Magnifique

Dan ELV RU

2009-06-21 00:21

Maybe it needs "5 stars" mark as "a movie part" ???

G-MANN UK

2009-09-28 00:38

Clint sings a song about it over the end credits. Well, he tries to sing...

fub BR

2010-02-27 16:56

5 stars! It's part of the movie. It's not only the duration on screen but what the car represents in the story that make it so important.

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DodgeCharger1969 US

2010-07-10 02:32

I love this Beauty.
And I love the Magnum 500 rims!

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chicomarx BE

2011-01-31 19:53

- "How about you just hand over them keys to that Gran Torino?"
- "Why the hell does everybody want my car?"

SPOILER:

Spoiler - click here to see it

"And I'd like to leave my 1972 Gran Torino to Thao Vang Lor, on the condition that you don't chop-top the roof like one of those beaners, don't paint any idiotic flames on it like some white-trash hillbilly, and don't put a big, gay spoiler on the rear end like you see on all the other zipperheads' cars. It just looks like hell."


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antp BE

2011-02-01 11:29

I added the spoiler tag, just in case ;)

BigRiggs1 UK

2012-08-07 19:10

Well, you can say what you want about the american manufacturing industry, but they did occasionally produce a few gems, huh?

portacker US

2013-03-11 02:02

Love those laser stripes! Part of the GT package, along with the magnum 500 wheels. The gt package could be added to torino at this point, Gran T's had 302's as a base engine.

caprice_96 CA

2013-10-15 04:56

This is model 63R - Gran Torino Sport "SportsRoof" (Ford's term for fastback).

unclehotrod13 US

2014-12-16 01:35

way back in the mid 1980's my friends mom had one...no decals the lesser model... he "borrowed" it one night, while at a light he got hit hard in the back... drove it home and wound up fixing it.. had to actually cut it in half!!! had it a long time after that.. was that dark green.

jpts AU

2015-07-29 12:58

In the film, Walt said that he installed the car's steering column when he was working on the vehicle assembly line at the Ford Motor Plant around the time the models for 1972 were being built.

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jpts AU

2015-08-03 15:11

chicomarx wrote - "How about you just hand over them keys to that Gran Torino?"
- "Why the hell does everybody want my car?"

SPOILER:

Spoiler - click here to see it

"And I'd like to leave my 1972 Gran Torino to Thao Vang Lor, on the condition that you don't chop-top the roof like one of those beaners, don't paint any idiotic flames on it like some white-trash hillbilly, and don't put a big, gay spoiler on the rear end like you see on all the other zipperheads' cars. It just looks like hell."



Walt did the right thing by leaving the Gran Torino to Thao, because Walt knew that Thao would keep the car in the condition as she is and will look after it... that and if Walt would've left the Gran Torino to his grand-daughter, she would've done those things that Walt had said not to do to the vehicle.

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jettalover US

2015-08-04 06:01

Definitly.

Boss429 US

2015-10-05 11:45

holden nut wrote I've seen better, the 1976 model is better looking THAN THAT! :/

I think they both look nice. Also, did you say that just because the '76 Gran Torino was used in Starsky and Hutch?

Boss429 US

2015-10-05 11:50

Raul1983 wrote 1973-1976 Torino is the best looking of the Torino series (Starsky & Hutch) ;)

For me, it's not the best, but it's the only good car from the Malaise era (1973-1983)

Boss429 US

2015-10-05 11:53

chicomarx wrote
"And I'd like to leave my 1972 Gran Torino to Thao Vang Lor, on the condition that you don't chop-top the roof like one of those beaners, don't paint any idiotic flames on it like some white-trash hillbilly, and don't put a big, gay spoiler on the rear end like you see on all the other zipperheads' cars. It just looks like hell."



Best line in the movie

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jettalover US

2015-10-06 04:03

After what Walt does and goes through for Thao and his sister, Thao will have no problems honoring Walt's wishes.

caprice_96 CA

2016-01-14 14:51

Although a minor point, this car is labelled incorrectly as a Ford Gran Torino when it should be Ford Gran Torino Sport. The "Sport" is included but not part of the "clickable" model name. Ford's Torino line in 1972 had three distinct models (not including the station wagons). The base level cars were "Torino", the upscale version was the "Gran Torino" and the sporty models were the "Gran Torino Sport." The "Gran Torino Sport" was a distinct model and not the same as a "Gran Torino", nor was it an option package, like the "SS" package for Chevelle in 1972. So I don't understand while all "Gran Torinos" are grouped together incorrectly. The Gran Torino Sport only came in two body styles, the fastback which Ford labelled "SportsRoof" and gave body code of 63R or the formal roof hardtop which had the body code of 65R.

FWIW, a Torino 2-door hardtop was 65B while a Gran Torino two door was 65D.

Furthermore, the car used in this movie is not 100% correct. The emblem in the grille is not in the correct position, and the grille is not painted in the correct two tone. 1972 Gran Torino Sports had a specific grille that featured argent and dark argent paint, while Gran Torinos used a single tone grille in argent. The car in this movie appears to have a single tone argent grille used by other Gran Torinos (non-sport models). See this car for a correct emblem and grille colours:

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Further, all Gran Torino Sports came equipped with bright fender surrounds, which this car is missing. This car may not have been equipped with a laser stripe originally (it was optional). Reproduction stripes are made today and often added to cars but the bright moldings for laser stripe cars were specific and are extremely hard to find. The majority of Gran Torino Sports were equipped with standard chrome trim rather than the laser stripe.

See a 1972 Gran Torino Sport with chrome trim:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/345/19382826829_857c6cf985.jpg

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turbot US

2017-08-19 05:27

The car was also in the scene when Thao and his sister drive up to the house where the shooting occurred.

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MelbaToast US

2021-01-11 23:29

holden nut wrote I've seen better, the 1976 model is better looking THAN THAT! :/

I realize everyone has their own taste and I'm not even a fan of Torino's but I have to admit that the 72 Grand Torino Sport looks the best. The 76 is a direct rip off of a Monty Carlo.

d3kn8 CN

2021-02-03 01:55

:love:

Maxman CA

2021-09-03 09:18

Should it have a front license plate? Michigan issued two plates until 1981, and if Walt has owned it and the truck since new, it seems like they should have 1972-spec plates.

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