Hedging its bets in the hotly contested midsize personal luxury segment, Ford continued its glorified Gran Torino Elite, for '75, although it officially became the Ford Elite this year. It's clear that this car tested the waters, or more correctly, warmed up the waters, and then acted as a placeholder for the '77 Thunderbird's move to the midsize platform. Double opera windows and thickly padded side moldings don't necessarily a luxury car make, but the general design of the grille and single headlights was quite dramatic and forward Ford-like at the same time.
Elite's interior, a facelift of the Gran Torino interior that came in with the '72 redesign, would serve Ford for years and years. The '77-79 Thunderbird featured a version of this five- and seven-dial IP, as did the renamed LTD II of '77-79.
• Here's the Wiki on the Elite.
• Here's the Wiki on the LTD II, a decent facelift in an oddly-ending decade for design.