Monday, September 12, 2016

Car Watching - 1970 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet

 Caught in the Wild
Behold, another holy grail.  The 1970 Ford Torino GT, with the 429 Cobra Jet thrown in for good measure.
 Mean grill, hidden quad round headlamps
The Torino was a car that both my parents owned.  They owned the pedestrian cars, a 1972 four-door and a 1974 two door.  Most Torino's were just intermediate sized cars that got from A to B.  But there were some, especially early on...
 This Shaker Hood showed you the Money
....some were anything but pedestrian.  Take this one, for example.  By 1970, Ford had dropped the FE engines for performance cars and replaced them with the 385 series.  The 429 was a big part of that family of engines, and this one, the Cobra Jet, was one of the best.  11.3 to 1 compression, bigger camshaft, and special cylinder heads meant 370 horsepower.
 Says it all, right there
This car is a beauty.  It's very well taken car of, perhaps it needs a bath.  The interior was nice as well, but I couldn't get a shot worth keeping through the glass.  It's an automatic car.
 Emblems and stripes are in great shape
 The end of the Sports Roof roofline
The tail end of the Torino Sport Roof bobs off quickly, a trait I really like.  I also like the individual chrome TORINO lettered emblem.  Bumpers looked really good on this one.  Small, thin, they are easily bent and usually are.  No big gaudy pipes on this one, just discrete ones, dumped out below the rear fenders behind the tires.
I'm a big fan of tail lights that go side-to-side.  The 70 and 71 model years carry this same tail light feature.  This one also had the rear back light slats, something you see a lot on Mustangs of the same year.
 It's not Fastback, It's Sports Roof
A good view of the Sports Roof.  Most people call this design a Fastback, but technically Ford calls it Sports Roof.  Either works for me.
Gotta Love It
You have to love a well-cared-for car that's nearly 50 years old.  I have no idea if it's in fantastic original condition or if it's just been rehabbed...really doesn't matter.  It's a beauty and worthy of preservation.

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