Why the Ford Torino Cobra Is One of the Most Underrated American Muscle Cars
The 1968 Shelby Mustang. The 1969 Dodge Charger. The 1969 Pontiac Firebird. The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. These are just a few of the makes and models that probably come to mind when you think of the most classic American muscle cars of all time. Though there are a whole host of muscle cars like the ones above that typically garner a decent amount of name recognition, there are others that can sometimes fly under the radar. One such underrated muscle car is the Ford Torino Cobra.
While in production from 1968-1976, the Torino Cobra that was produced from 1970 to 1971 was one of the fastest iterations. Powered by a 429 cubic inch 4V Cobra Jet engine, the Torino could go from 0-60 in under six seconds. Just take a look at the Torino’s specs, and you’ll see that it was the real deal.
The standard engine was the 429 4V with two bolt mains, 10.5:1 compression, a cast iron intake, a 600-cfm carb, and a 360-hp rating. For $164, however, buyers could step up to the 429 Cobra Jet with 11.3:1 compression, more cam, and a bigger carb for 370 hp. Another $229 got you a shaker hood scoop.
Ford also offered the 429 Super Cobra Jet (J code) with the Drag Pack option. This engine got a Holley carburetor, four-bolt mains, forged pistons, and a radical solid-liter camshaft. It was very underrated at 375 hp. Ford built 7675 Torino Cobras in 1970 and the model continued into 1971 with just some trim changes.
With a black front end, slatted rear window trim, and twisting exterior hood latches, the Ford Torino Cobra had a sleek body style and even just looked the part of a street racing car that could churn out some serious power.
It may not be among the most talked about classic American muscle cars, but make no mistake about it: the Ford Torino is certainly no joke. And when it comes to pure, unadulterated speed, it could definitely hang with the best of them.