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Watch This: A Sports Roof in the Wild! And Padlocked Hoodpins

Posted October 21, 2020 12:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Ford Torino

Ah, the Ford Torino. Not only is it one of the nameplates we'd love to see Ford bring back and kick some Hemi tail with (hear that, Jim Farley?), but it's a car that we've pined for and have never been fortunate enough to own one of... yet. And it's not like we can't find one – after all, this is Hemmings, right? But we've just never found the perfect one that fulfills all our hopes and dreams.

Now, that brings up another question: What might those hopes and dreams look like? Well, on one hand, we'd be absolutely stoked to own the feature car on Hemmings Muscle Machines Weekly this week – that oh-so perfect and rare '70 Torino GT – but we're also realists. We don't have the cake to plunk down for something that righteous just yet. And, if we're being painfully candid right now, we'd also have to admit that we were born with the character flaw that produces a soft, mushy spot for the underdog. The basket case. The hopeless project. The idea that spending ridiculous amounts of cash on a thing that needs so much work to realize its full potential that it repels friends, family, accomplices, and confidantes. Or, at the very least, forces everyone to question our lucidity.

So, with visions of brutally fast and obnoxiously loud Torino Sportsroofs (Rooves?) dancing in our heads, we stumbled across this video. Exactly what we needed to get through the rest of October. Sure, we've taken on crazier projects, but this seemingly abandoned GT is just giving us all the feels. It's not just the pushed-in driver's-side sail panel, nor is it just the sunken rearend or the faded original paint and laser stripe decals. No, it was the wee padlocks on each of the hoodpins that did it for us: those little guys just scream, "I ain't doing anything with it, but torturing you as you drive by it every single day. And no, you can't have it." UGH. That just makes us want it even more.

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