Ford LTD II
The Ford LTD II wis a mid-size caur biggit bi the Ford Motor Company atween 1977 an 1979 for the North Americaen mercat. It wis based on the Ford Torino, which it replaced, an uised the same platform as the concurrent Ford Thunderbird, which wis dounsized an dramatically reduced in price for 1977 tae occupy the mercat poseetion o the 1974-76 Ford Elite, which wis a Torino derivative designed tae compete wi the popular Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
When Ford redesigned its mid-sized models for 1977, the Torino name wis replaced bi "LTD II" in an attempt tae convince consumers that this wis really a dounsized full-size caur, much lik the new Chevrolet Impala an Caprice. The LTD IIs stylin emulated the squared-off grille an body lines o the lairger LTDs, which wur produced until the 1978 model year. A twa-door coupe an fower-door sedan wur available in aw three model years, wi a fower-door station wagon offered for 1977 anerlie. It wis an aa the platform for the final Ford Rancheros.
While 1977 sales wur reasonably strong, thay dropped dramatically for 1978 an 1979 in the face o newly downsized intermediate models frae General Motors, as well as Chrysler's new Dodge Diplomat an Chrysler LeBaron an Ford's awn Fairmont, which teuk ower the mid-size wagon slot for 1978. Ford downsized its awn full-size LTD for 1979, wi dimensions vera seemilar tae the LTD II.
The LTD II wis na directly replaced in the Ford lineup. In 1980, the Fox platform-based Granada effectively teuk its place as the mid-size offerin, while the full-sized LTD continued wi seemilar dimensions.
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1978 Ford LTD II Factory Sales Brochure - http://amcar.fvn.no/brochures/ford/78ltd/bilder/12.jpg