1970 Ford Torino Cobra Is a NASCAR Star

The Ford Torino first hit the showrooms in 1968 and went through to 1976, it was initially an upscale version of the Ford Fairlane and was named after the Italian city of Turin (Torino in Italian). A number of different body styles were available, but the 4-door sedan and 2-door hardtop were the most popular. The Torino was also the base for Ford’s NASCAR entries for that period, and they were successful!

1970 Ford Torino Cobra brochure

1970 Ford Torino Cobra Design

The 1970 Ford Torino Cobra was only available in the SportsRoof design; it was the top of the line for the Torino model and was the muscle car version. For 1970, the Torino had a complete redesign, meaning a longer hood, lower roofline, increased rake on the windshield, pointed front end and slim, tight fitting bumpers that extended the full width of the car, the same as the grille.
The Torino Cobra was noticeable by the flat-black hood and grille.

1970 Ford Torino Cobra front

1970 Ford Torino Cobra Interior

Despite being top of the tree, the Torino Cobra came with less equipment and trim than those lower down the range – but that’s because this was the full on sports version. A large linear style speedo was standard, a ribbon style tacho was an option and the only gauge fitted was temperature – everything else including oil pressure was taken care of by warning lights.

1970 Ford Torino Cobra interior

High backed bucket seats were a standard fitment on the Cobra.

1970 Ford Torino Cobra Specs

The 1970 redesign saw an increase in size and weight, the Torino Cobra was now 206.2” long, 76.7” wide and had a wheelbase of 117”. The track had been widened by half an inch (to improve handling) and weight went up by around 100 lb.

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1970 Ford Torino Cobra specs

1970 Ford Torino Cobra Performance

The Torino Cobra was only available with a 429 ci (7.0 liter) V8, the base model had 360 BHP (but there were two options for slightly more power) and it could pull a ¼ mile in about 14 seconds @ 100 MPH, 0 – 60 went in 6 seconds. Transmission was taken care of by a 4-speed close ratio tranny with a Hurst shifter.

1970 Ford Torino Cobra engine

Back in 1970, Motor Trend tested the Cobra fitted with competition suspension (standard) and described it as: “Completely different, the car goes through tight turns in a confidence inspiring controlled slide; it’s all very smooth and unusual”.

1970 Ford Torino Cobra Collectability and Price

The Ford Torino Cobra was the ultimate muscle car in the Torino line up, they are now sought after – averagely, you’d expect to pay in the region of $60,000 for a good example but while researching this, we found a completely unrestored original for sale at $165,000!

1970 Ford Torino Cobra Images