1970 Ford Torino news, pictures, specifications, and information
Six Series Sedan
Chassis Num: OH37N100017
The 1970 Ford Torino GT 429 Convertible finished in blue paint with white interior was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island. It is powered by a 429 cubic-inch overhead valve engine that produces 360 horsepower. It has an automatic transmission and power hydraulic disc brakes in the front and rear drums. The 'ram air' shaker hood and function air scoop enclosed the 429 Cobra Jet engine in its engine bay. This was the top-of-the-line Torino offered in 1970. It is one of only 3616 Torino's ordered with a convertible top and a GT package. 125 of those were given the optional N-Code 429 V8 engine and C-6 Cruise-O-Matic transmission. This car was constructed in July of 1969 and used as a promotion marketing vehicle for the Ford Motor Company. It was ordered with lots of optional equipment including hideaway headlamps, power disc brakes, power steering, air conditioning, and power windows. At the conclusion of the auction, the vehicle was left unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006
GT Cobra FastBack Coupe
This 1970 Ford Torino Sportroof 2-door hardtop is painted in Bright Yellow with black interior. It has low mileage, and the original numbers matching Cobra Jet 429ci V8 and a C-6 automatic transmission.
GT Cobra FastBack Coupe
Although this car has less than 22,000 miles showing when discovered in Tennessee it required a total restoration which took over two years to complete. Only new old stock (NOS) parts were used in the restoration, according to the owner.

This car is powered by a 429 Cobra jet Air engine coupled to a four-speed manual transmission.

Since the restoration was completed (by Mid-Southern Restorations of Cooksville, Tennessee) the car has been driven more than 1,000 miles.
GT FastBack Coupe
Chassis Num: 0A35J193907
Sold for $68,000 at 2012 Mecum.
Sold for $63,000 at 2013 Mecum.
Sold for $72,500 at 2014 Mecum.
This Ford Torino GT is finished in black with white interior. There is a matching number 429/370 HP Cobra Jet Ram Air engine with a 4-speed close ratio transmission. There is a shaker engine, tinted glass, AM/FM stereo, front disc brakes, factory Magnum wheels, power steering, factory tachometer, and bench seat. It was given a no expense spared nut-and-bolt restoration and has been driven less than 800 miles since the work was completed. This car was built on January 29th of 1970 at the Atlanta plant research unit.

Ford produced 913 examples of the 429 Cobra Jets, with just 412 of those with a 4-speed gearbox. Just 34 examples were black and only 3 had white interior. Just one example had disc brakes in the front.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2014
GT Convertible
Chassis Num: OH37J167506
The re-designed Ford Torino wore in-house, aircraft-inspired styling by Bill Shenk. It had a long, well-proportioned hood with a short deck stylistic theme and complimented by aggressive front treatment. In comparison to the 1968-69 models, the 1970 Torino was lower, longer, and wider.

Buyer's had the option of selecting several bodystyles, trim levels, engine options, and mechanical configurations. The base option was the Torino Cobra, available only as a 2-door hardtop, and the Torino GT, which included a 2-door hardtop and convertible configuration. Engine choices included the 300-hp 351 V-8 and 360-hp 429 Cobra Jet, all the way up to the 429 Super Cobra Jet with 375 rated horsepower. Transmissions included a three-speed automatic and four-speed manual; a heavy-duty Traction-Lok or Detroit Locker helped send the power produced from the engine to the rear wheels.

Ford produced just 3,939 examples of the Torino GT Convertible. Combined sales of the Torino Cobra and Torino GT accounted for 68,433 units, making the convertibles a rare sight in modern times.

This particular example is a 429 Cobra Jet-powered 1970 Torino GT convertible that is a factory-original example fitted with Ram Air and retains its original top and original carpets. The car was built at Ford's Lorain, Ohio assembly plant on March 26, 1970, five days ahead of schedule. It was released on March 31st and sold to its first owner on April 30, 1970 via Litaker Ford Inc. of Catonsville, Maryland.

The car has the 429 Cobra Jet V-8 with Ram Air induction and a C-6 automatic transmission with 3.00:1 Traction-Lok rear axle. It left the factory in white with Body Side Tape Stripes, Dark Red Turin Knit/Vinyl Bucket seats, electric clock, Visibility Light Group, console, power windows, power front disc brakes, power steering, a power top with glass backlight, Selectaire A/C, AM/FM stereo radio, hideaway headlamps, full tinted glass, and Argent styled steel wheels.

The car has been awarded AACA Historical Preservation of Features (HPOF) status at the 2006 Eastern Region Fall Meet at Hershey, Pennsylvania.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2015
GT FastBack Coupe
Ford listed seven Torinos in 1970 including two each of the Torino Broughams and GTs. The Sportsroof is Torino-speak for Hardtop Coupe. This example is a highly optioned one and is currently in the care of its second owner. The GT was given the 351 cubic-inch V8 with 250 horsepower - the GT Cobra came with the big block 429 and 250 horsepower. In 1970, 56,819 GTs came off the line each one just a little bit different. Within this car there is air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, AM/FM radio, hideaway headlamps, center console, bucket seats and more.
In 1968 Ford introduced the mid-sized vehicle, the Torino, which stayed in production until 1976. The Torino replaced the Fairlane, although the name persisted on the base level models but given differnet trim than the Torino versions. The Torino was available as a two-door fastback or convertible, four-door sedan or station wagon, hardtop, and as a pickup, similar to the El Camino.
The Torino was actively raced in the NASCAR circuit. In 1969, Ford introduced the Torino Talladega. This limited-edition vehicle was given an aerodynamic body style which they then used on the NASCAR circuit.

In 1970 Ford introduced the Torino Cobra complete with a 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet engine. Power was transferred to the rear wheels courtesy of a four-speed manual gearbox. The suspension was upgraded and a dual-exhaust unit added. Bucket seats continued the performance montage in the interior. A Traction-Lok limited-slip differential was optional. A 'shaker' hood scoop could be ordered as optional equipment which helped the engine breath at high speeds. The Torino Brougham version offered luxurious amenities which offered a sporty appearance and creature-comforts.

During the early 1970's, the Torino was updated giving it an aggressive look and modern appeal. For 1971, the look was all-new and good enough to capture Motor Trend's coveted 'Car of the Year' award. The GT version had hidden headlights, the only Torino to have such a design. For 1972, the grille was enlarged; vent windows were removed from four-door models and the convertible option was no longer offered. The abbreviation 'GT' was now labeled as Gran Torino.

Not only was 1971 through 1972 a big year for redesigns, the engine options saw drastic changes. In 1971 the Torino could be purchased with a wide range of engines that included a 351 Cleveland small-block and a Ford 429 cubic-inch engine. The performance could be further increased with the adoption of a Thunder Jet, Cobra Jet or Super Cobra Jet package. As government regulations and emissions standards were becoming stricter, the muscle car era was coming to an end. For 1972, only the 31 Cleveland eight-cylinder engine was available, however, still available in Cobra Jet configuration.

In 1973, to comply with government and safety regulations, the front end was given a larger bumper. This trend continued in 1974 when the front was modified to make the vehicle safer. The performance era had come to an end and consumers were expecting a new breed of vehicles which kept manufacturers struggling to meet these demands. The trend was shifting from larger, performance machines to fuel-efficient, safe, economical, and luxurious vehicles. This was true with the Torino which saw the performance options fade away from year-to-year, and more luxury offerings being presented.

The TV series 'Starsky and Hutch' drove a 1975 Gran Torino adorned in bright red colors and white body stripes.

In 1976 the production of the Torino ceased and replaced by the LTD.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2006
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