1970 Ford Torino

Cobra Twister SportsRoof
Mecum Kissimmee 2021 rakes in a record $111.8M
Thursday, 7 January - Saturday, 16 January 2021
Sale Price
$200,000 - $250,000
Est. Range
15 January 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 0A38J133421. Vermillion with black graphics over black vinyl. 429/375hp, close ratio 4-speed, 3.50 Traction-Lok, spoilers, rear window slats, bench seat, Hurst T-handle shifter, color keyed mirrors, tinted glass, Philco pushbutton radio.

Evaluation: One of 90 Torino Twisters produced in 1970 for the Kansas City market. One of 30 with the 4-speed manual. Includes original build sheet and window sticker, sold new at Jim Jenkins Ford in Independence, KS. Much like its Mustang Twister counterpart from the Larry Carrell collection this appears to be a slightly stale but thorough restoration. The paint and interior are both in excellent condition, but there are some scratches on the brightwork surrounding the front and rear windows. Some exterior chrome components are also pitting, including the bumpers. The front bumper in particular has some deep pits from poor prep work prior to chrome. White letters on the tires are yellowed from age. Engine bay is nicely detailed. Could easily be leveled up with some thorough detailing and chrome work.

Bottom Line: This Torino is more obscure than the Kansas City-themed Mustang that sold one lot later, but it’s a very rare and fast piece of Ford muscle made more interesting by its Twister Special graphics. And like the Mustang, it brought a similarly massive price at no reserve that should leave the seller thrilled.

by Andrew Newton
28 January 2021
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