CC For Sale: 1971 Ford Torino 500 Wagon – A Torino In Central America

No, I’m not trying to get you all to buy American cars located down south. But this was too much of a good CC find to pass up. And unlike other occasions, I doubt I’ll come across it as it’s somewhere out in the boonies of El Salvador. So, let’s check this one out. And I promise I’ll stick to a California Craigslist page next time I do a CC For Sale post.

Last Saturday I decided to share a local CC for sale, as it was a rare Oldsmobile 4-4-2 convertible. I believe that this find is just as rare, but not by being created as an exclusive product. Instead, because few of these regular wagons have survived. And this one, while not showroom-perfect, is quite the time capsule.

What we have here is a 1971 Ford Torino 500. A direct import to El Salvador, sold by Autosal. Ford’s local dealer back in the day. According to the ad, the odometer reads a low 31,000 kilometers. Shifts are done via a 3-on-the-tree. What mighty mill lies under the hood? The standard 250CID 6-cyl. engine. Good for 145HP and 0-60 in 12 secs.

And yes, that 6-cyl. looks mighty lonely in that engine bay.

I’ve no idea how this one has survived so long looking so intact. Particularly over here, with none of the strange add-ons the locals love. Other than the tinted windows. But that’s understandable, this is a hot country. If there’s no A/C in there, trust me, those tinted windows help.

Now, let’s take a look inside…

Wow, that’s quite the time capsule!

The ad mentions the car is near Chalatenango, a town in the North of El Salvador, a good hour and a half away. I’ve thought of visiting, driving around, and seeing if I get lucky and find it. You know, the usual CC car-stalker routine. However, the looks of the car make me think this one is nicely stored, and I would just be wasting my time.

And talking about Chalatenango, I would think the car has been there for years. Its condition suggests its use has been driving short distances in the small town.

The bench seat, the plasticky dashboard, and the black vinyl upholstery, all are just taking me back to the 1970s right now. Flashback or PTSD? Probably the latter. Looking at these photos, I can feel my sweaty kid legs sticking to the vinyl seats of our 1978 Datsun F10.

This additional shot shows that the car has gone through at least one respray. I suspect the seats have been redone at some point, and if so, I want that shop’s phone number. Otherwise, the door panels and trim look pretty original to my eyes.

And well, those floor mats! Talk about an item from the past!

In my previous 4-4-2 post, there was a slim case to be made that buying from here and shipping might make some sense. I doubt that dubious case could be made with a basic 1970s station wagon. In this case, one of about 23K built for that year. However, should anyone want to see the original listing, it’s HERE. No price is given.


Further reading:

Cohort Outtake: 1970 Ford Torino 500 2-Door Hardtop – Modest, But Not Timid

Forgotten Classic: 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible – So Rare, I Almost Forgot It Came As A Convertible