The 1970 Torino Cobra is one of the quickest muscle cars around. They designed it to dominate the competition on NASCAR’s super-speedways. However, it never made it to the grid due to design issues and budget cuts. Still, a rare car, this muscle car is one of the only two that still exists today. Moreover, it represents a fascinating episode in the saga of the classic muscle-car era.
In 1970, Ford made the Torino the primary model and the Fairlane was a sub-series of Torino. Hence, this allowed Ford to move away from emulating the boxy lines of the full-size Fords to a completely new body. During this time, Ford adapted the coke bottle styling. Since jet crafts influenced tail fin design at that time, Ford designers adapted supersonic aircraft with narrow waists and bulging forward and rear fuselages needed to reach supersonic speeds.
The 1970 Torino Cobra received massive engine changes. They carried over only the 250 CID I-6, 302-2V and the 351W-2V from 1969. Optional engines included the 302-2V (standard on GT and Brougham models), 351W-2V, the new 351 Cleveland available with a 2- or 4-barrel carburetor, and the new 429-4V 385 Series V8 (standard on the Cobra models).
The 1970 Challenger R/T is a classic and rare muscle car model. Moreover, it is one of the quickest muscle cars of its time. Many dub this car as Dodge’s “answer to the Mustang and Camaro”. They officially introduced the car in 1969 and was one of two Chrysler E-body cars, the other being the slightly smaller Plymouth Barracuda. This car and the Barracuda had different variants in huge numbers to go head to head with the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. Also, they did it to offer virtually every engine in Chrysler’s inventory.
Although this Challenger came out strong, it was a little late to match with other pony cars. Still, many avid car enthusiasts take the 1970 Challenger R/T as the most potent pony car ever. It also competed against the Mercury Cougar and Pontiac Firebird. Aside from this, the 1970 Challenger R/T also competed against other more luxury-type muscle car models.
This iteration of the Challenger arrived with longer wheelbase, larger dimensions, and more luxurious interior. The target market were affluent young American buyers. Carl Cameron designed the exterior of this Challenger. Cameron based the its grille off an older sketch of his 1966 Charger prototype that was to have a turbine engine. However, that Charger never got a turbine engine.
The 1969 Boss 429 Mustang is an iconic muscle car and one of the quickest muscle cars ever. Moreover, the 429 variant is one the most respectable muscle cars to ever come out of production. During that time, Ford doesn’t have a strong engine that can go head to head with a 426 Hemi. So, they built their own that can compete. The result was the 429 Mustang.
With its power, the engine could have not made it on production vehicles. However, NASCAR has homologation rules that needed a minimum of 500 cars be equipped with the engine and sold to the general public for it to be used. Hence, Ford did not have much choice but to out this engine on one of their cars. This resulted to the 1969 Boss 429 Mustang.
During its launch, Ford’s finances were not on the best shape due to the Boss 302 and its subsequent Trans Am variant for the SCCA Trans Am series. To make it work, Ford used the four-speed Cobra Jet Mustang as a template. They produced the Boss 429 Mustang in a total of 1358 examples, 859 of which were built for ’69 and 499 for 1970. Furthermore, two of the 1969 models were actually Boss 429 Cougars.