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Ford Torino 1970-luxury-power or basic transportation

Sales are good for the 1970 Torino and the car receives much praise although the line up could be described as many vehicles under one name plate that are for different applications to fill a variety of needs from function to luxury and performance. The Torino is declared car of the year by Motor Trend magazine.                                    Foed Torino 1970 front© Ananthkrish | Dreamstime.com – Old Ford Torino Cobra Car At The Car Show Photo

The 1970 Torino Brougham features hideaway headlights that blend with the grills design  when retracted.. When the headlights are turned on the covers flip upwards to expose the lights. The Brougham has uptown upholstery, extra sound proofing, special wheel covers, extra trimand sportis the badging to announce its special status. Motor Trend compares the two-door Brougham to the Lincoln Continental for lack of exterior noise in the passenger compartment.

The GT model comes with a non-functional hood scoop, GT emblems, body paint matching sport mirrors, full rear width honeycomb design tail lights, wheel trim rings, fiber-glass belted tires, while the fast back models also have a black rear deck-lid. Options for a GT include, side laser stripe from the front fender to the door and the hideaway headlights. A GT powered by the429 CJ bolted to the C-6 automatic with 3.50:1 rear end gearing can do 0-60 (97 km/h) in 6 seconds and the standing quarter in 14.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 100.2 mph (161.3 km/h).

Station wagons are available in three trim options initially, but the Falcon is introduced as the base mid-year.. The wagons have lfewer body changes, this year, giving them a more squared off look than a sedan or coupe in ’70. The upscale squire wagon has a 302 and front discs as basic while the lesser versions use drum brakes all around. The two way tail gate is standard fare, but power rear window, roof rack, and third rear seat are optional. Wagons can also have a towing pack which includes heavy duty suspension, extra cooling, front discs, heavy duty battery and alternator. This package is only for the 351 or the 429 engines which are only offered with the Cruis-o-Matic transmission.

The Torino Cobra is the power choice and is meant to give performance offering less trim choices than the GT-it comes only in a two door fastback and is equipped with a Hurst shifter and a close ratio four speed standard only. Basic equipment includes competition suspension, seven inch rims with 14 inch raised letter tires, twist design visible hood latches, and Cobra emblems. Available options are 15 inch magnum wheels and flat black sport slats over the rear window-these are also offered for the GT. The heavier Torino in ’70 gives better traction; with the Cobra giving excellent performance from the new 429 engine with the Cobra Jet (CJ) option is rated at 370 hp (280 kW). The four speed and 3.91: gears this engine will do 0-60 in 5.8 seconds reaching 101 mph (162.5 km/h) while quarter mile time is 13.99 seconds other models with the C-6 automatic have marginally slower times.

The engines are mostly all new for the ’70 models with only the entry level power 250 six cylinder and  the base GT/Brougham 302  engine is carried over from last year. The three speed manual as standard equipment on all but the Cobra with the cruis-o-Matic or a four speed as an option on most models. A new 351 can be had with a two barrel carburetor with two variations although each offer the same hp rating and the 385 series 429 V8 four barrel is offered in three variations. The thunder jet puts out 360 hp (270 kW), the CJ offers 370 hp (280 kW), or the SCJ delivering 375 hp (280 kW)-the latter is part of the “drag pack” and is a highly tuned version with some carburetor, engine, and suspension modifications included. The Ram Air package, is also available for the 351, but has been altered this year with the scoop now mounted on the carburetor and is now a shaker hood style.


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