I’m deeply impressed (and slightly nauseated) that Eric was able to present that 1975 Torino sedan in such an objective manner. If you were older than 7 or younger than 70 at the time, it’s hard to imagine being able to muster such a lack of emotion. I certainly, can’t; it most perfectly represents everything that I loathed about Ford and the 70s, right down to its baby-shit color. There’s no way I could have mustered such an objective write-up; my encounter with one ended up very differently; it was the only way I could keep from writing an endless diatribe to that blobby, flabby, sloppy, inefficient, mal-proportioned, terrible-space-utilizing, rolling cave of a car.
Do I dislike these Torino sedans? Is there a car I dislike more? Umm; how about this one?
The Mark VI vies with that generation Torino sedan (and its LTD II successor) as some of the the worst proportioned cars ever made, but in a different way. While the Torino looks like someone stretched a Maverick sedan body onto an LTD frame, in this case it looks like someone photoshopped a Mark V onto a Pinto platform. The “Mark II” name should have really been reserved for it, since it follows the Mustang II down the same road: too big a body on too little of wheelbase and wheels, among other sins.
It’s a crime against good taste; a pretentious, rolling clown-mobile, a pastiche of styling gimmicks from another era that had already passed. It’s everything that was wrong once again at Ford, in the very worst way. No company has ridden such a worse stylistic roller coaster. This is perhaps its all-time low. Well, I can think of a few others yet, actually.