Ultimate Classic: Rare 1970 Ford Torino GT – Complete Package with 429 V8, Ram Air, Four-Speed, and Convertible Top

Entering the fast lane of automotive history, the year 1970 was a crucial time for Ford and the entire Detroit automotive scene. As the horsepower wars peaked, each manufacturer aimed to introduce their most powerful machines, intensifying the competition.
As iconic models like the Boss Nine and the agile 302 began to fade, Ford’s lineup became more attractive than ever. Among these, the Torino stood out, especially with the formidable 429 V8 engine, representing sheer power and timeless design.
The Torino was initially a trim level of the Fairlane in 1968. By 1970, the names were swapped: Torino became the main model, and Fairlane became the entry-level variant. The Cobra was at the top end, featuring a powerful 429 cubic inch (7.0 liters) engine as standard.
The 429 big-block engine was available in three versions: the regular 429 with 360 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, and two Cobra variants โ€“ the standard and the Cobra Jet Ram Air, both delivering 370 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.
The 429 Cobra V8 engine was not limited to the Torino Cobra. It was also available in other Torinos, such as the GT, which offered a more luxurious alternative to the performance-focused Cobra.
Interestingly, the Cobra sold far fewer units compared to the GT. The Cobra sold 7,675 units in 1970, whereas the GT sold over eight times that number. The fastback was the most popular body style (56,819 units), with the convertible version accounting for 3,939 units. The Cobra was only available in the Sportsroof (fastback) style.
The 1970 Torino convertibles are the rarest, especially the GTs. Most were equipped with smaller V8 engines (302 cubic inches/4.9 liters or 351 cubic inches/5.8 liters). Only 64 units had the 429 engine: 37 automatics and 27 manuals.
Allegedly, ten of those 27 manuals were built for drag racing. One of these rare 429 four-speed convertibles was bought by the current owner from the original ownerโ€™s family in 2019 and underwent a meticulous restoration. It now looks as good as new.
A fun fact: the owner chose a Torino GT convertible because a Mustang was too small for him. This rare muscle car features a 3.50 rear axle, unlike the Drag-Pack-equipped models with 3.91 or 4.30 gearing. The Super Cobra Jet package added features like solid lifters, four-bolt mains, a 780 CFM Holley carburetor, forged pistons, and an oil cooling system.
Despite only a minor power increase (five hp over the 370 hp CJ Ram Air), this 1970 Ford Torino GT convertible remains a remarkable muscle car, with its synchronized hideaway headlights adding the final touch.

 

 

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