With 2020 almost upon us, it seems fitting to celebrate the upcoming half-century birthday of one of Ford's most iconic muscle cars - the 1970 Torino GT. And what better way to do that then by ripping a car straight from the pages of one of your humble narrator's favorite car hobby periodicals besides Hotcars, of course - Hemmings Motor News. Known as "the bible" of car collecting, Hemmings has been around since 1954 operating as "the world's largest antique classic, vintage, muscle car, street rod, and special interest auto marketplace."
Just the other day, while thumbing through a past issue - yes, they still publish paper copies, which I get delivered to my house - the above car jumped out at me. Not only am I a Ford fan, but I have a thing for muscle cars, black cars, hideaway lights, 4-speed manual transmission cars with bench seats, big blocks, and clean unadorned styling. And what an example! This car has it all!
Named after the city of Turin, Italy, Detroit's own Ford Torino was produced for the American market from 1968 to 1976. Slotted next to the Fairlane in the mid-size segment, the Torino was a conventional auto popular in 2 and 4-door variants. In an effort to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Chevelle SS, Dodge Charger, Pontiac GTO, Oldsmobile 442, and others, Ford outfitted the Torino with everything from a 3.3 liter straight-6 to 427 sideoilers and 429 big blocks in the most extreme versions. Not only did she maraud down American turnpikes but she won on the NASCAR circuit and quarter-mile strips.
The current example is a second generation GT car from the 1970 model year. With 2,000 miles since a frame-off restoration, the numbers matching, Marti certified 1 of 1 car is finished in a raven black exterior and white and black interior. Under the hood is a prime example of the Ford 385-series motor - a 429 CobraJet with Ram Air, hydraulic lifters, and Holley 700 cfm carburetor rated at a conservative 370 hp. Handling shifting duties is a 4-speed Toploader and out back is the venerable 9-inch rear with 3.50 gears. Other performance goodies and amenities include power disc brakes, power steering, in-dash tach, dual rear deck speakers, and those lovely hideaway lights. I just can't get enough of them!
The seller explains that the car was upgraded with a Hurst T-handle shifter and 15-inch Magnum 500 rims when it was restored. It seems to be a top notch job. The body looks dead straight and you could eat off the undercarriage.
The seller also included a walk-around video. The car has a great sound and I wouldn't be surprised if the cam was sweetened when it was rebuilt. But with a price of $71,999, tirekickers need not apply. We can always dream though, can't we. Sigh.