When I was 16 my dad bought me a 1974 Gran Torino. I loved that car, and it was the first to turn my head away from the imports that Japan was shipping our way. A far cry from a high output 4 cylinder, but muscle and power unlike I had ever driven. I still have that car some 22 years later and still love the smell, style, sound and character that Ford put into it.
The Torino went into storage for a while, as I figured out my life after college, to which it accompanied me in the snow free months. When I got a good job I bought a 4×4 Off Road extended cab and tested it to its limits in the rugged Keweenaw Peninsula, of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
I got married to a great woman and we had a Pontiac and two Chevy’s. I recently decided I needed a truck. There was choice.
I knew what I was getting and I love what I got. I recently took this picture and thought I would share. They look pretty sweet together and I like the decision I have to face every morning…barring rain. FX4 or Gran Torino…either way…it’s going to be a good day.
Ford Country, Michigan