What's It Worth? 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible - Ford’s Performance Midsize Marvel
Introduced in 1968 as a upscale option to the popular Fairlane series. The Torino was Ford’s answer to Chevy’s popular Malibu and Chevelle lineup. From the start it sold well. In fact outselling its parent the Fairlane.
By 1970 the Torino became its very own model and the Fairlane became a downscale sub-model. Model year 1970 the Ford Torino grew in size, options and luxury. This plumpness would eventualy hurt it on the dragstrips of the USA. Also new was the “Coke Bottle Styling” that would become a Ford theme for its midsize offering and the Mustang.
Some people feel that this long hood short deck styling was Fords most attractive of the 1970′s. We agree. The body was longer by 5 inches over 1969 and wheelbase was 117 inches long in the coupes and convertible. If you went to your local Ford dealer you had a choice of over 17 different Torino models.
Ranging from the sedan, station wagon, convertible and new for 1970 “The Sports Roof” or fastback. Another new option for 1970 was the Torino GT. With engines ranging from the mild 302-V8 to a tire melting 429 V8.
The interiors were upgraded with a full width padded dash, padded door panels, plusher carpet and sound deadening. Motor Trend magazine praised the Torino Brougham as “Middle Class Lincoln at half the price” This body style would only be used by Ford for two years 1970 and 1971.Replaced by the even bigger but attractive “Shark Mouth” Torino on 1972.
Our feature 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible has been in the same family since 1971. It is a rare high option car. Featuring power windows, power disc brakes, power seat and air conditioning. It has traveled only 65,000 miles since new. Powering it is the 351 Cleveland engine with a two barrel carb. Shifting this historic Ford is the trusty “Cruise-O-Matic Auto Trans.
The rear end is a 3.00 with the limited slip. This is all numbers and correct colors matching Torino that had an older repaint that is presentable but could use a major detail or repaint. Also the interior carpet was replaced with a good quality aftermarket but in "Red" Oh and lets not forget the Disco Ball Era Chrome Basket Wire Wheels.
These ”Coke Bottle” Torino’s are only lately getting the respect they should. Don’t forget this is a numbers matching rust free 1970 Torino GT Convertible.