1970 Torino Cobra
The 1970 Torino Cobra was one of Ford’s most powerful muscle cars. Originating in 1968 as a part of the Fairlane line, the Torino came into its own in 1970. Most of the Torinos made from 1968 to 1976 were just conventional, intermediate-sized cars, available as wagons, sedans, two-doors, fastbacks, and convertibles. However, models carrying Ford’s Cobra Jet engine are considered to be true muscle cars. Torinos also have the distinction of being the base for Ford NASCAR entrants.
The 1970 Torino Cobra was part of the first year of the second generation for this model and the first year after the Fairlane name lost top billing. The new body for the 1970 model included coke bottle styling, a longer hood, a lower roofline, and overall a more aerodynamic appearance. With 13 different models in the line-up, the 1970 Torino Cobra topped them all at the high-performance end.
One of the most noticeable changes to the 1970 Torino Cobra was the size. The 1970 models grew by five inches in overall length and by one inch in the wheelbase. As for weight, the car added around 100 pounds. The changes made the 1970 Torino Cobra one of the largest cars in its class. For performance, the increased heft may have hurt the Torinos, except in one respect: they could get off the line faster than most.
The standard engine for the 1970 Torino Cobra was the 429-cubic inch 385 Series V8. The Thunder Jet form of the 429 was standard, but buyers could also opt for the Cobra Jet or the Super Cobra Jet. The latter generated 375 horsepower and made up part of the Drag Pack option, which included other performance features. With all of the best performance options, the 1970 Torino Cobra was fast on the street and at drag races. Today, it is a desirable collectible for fans of classic muscle cars.