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Written by Double Dragon
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 18:16

1970 FORD Torino GT Convertible- MIssion, BC


Writing copyright D. S. Brown, photography copyright owner of Torino GT

70 Torino GT conv Mission BC front

This Torino GT was offered for sale in December, 2014 on CRAIGSLIST. The owner of this Torino GT was willing to sell or trade. Asking price was $26,500.00.

70 Torino GT conv Mission BC side

The 1970 Torino represents a highwater mark for the Ford intermediate. The Feb, 1970 issue of MOTOR TREND awarded the 1970 Ford Torino lineup the MT "Car of the Year" award. Other new models competing with Torino that year were the Plymouth Duster, Ford Maverick, AMC Hornet, Lincoln Continental, and the great new Chrysler 'E body' Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda.

MOTOR TREND liked the 'just right' size of the new Torino and the 'something for everyone' flexibility of the various trims available. This was all intentionally planned by Ford planners. Ford saw the handwriting on the wall during the early 1960s when buyers migrated from full size cars to intermediates. The Torino started life in for the 1968 model year as a trim line on the midsize Fairlane.

The 1968 Torino GT was a sporty version with buckets, console and heavy duty suspension available in 2 door hardtop, Sportsroof (Ford speak for fastback) and convertible and a 'one step up' 302 engine. As it turned out many Torino GT base engine cars wound up with 289 engines (Cougars also received a downgrade, too) due to supply problems caused by a strike.

The Torino name quickly gained popularity earning it the right to grace the flanks of the new Ford 'all things for all people' intermediate.

For 1970 Ford stretched the intermediate wheelbase by 1 inch for a total of 117 inches and added front length to create the popular long hood short deck 'ponycar' proportions that caught on with all domestic manufacturers in the late 1960s. The Torino was partway between the accepted intermediate size and the standard full size vehicle making it that much more tempting to former full size buyers without getting too big for the intermediate crowd.

The base 1970 Torino was equipped with the 250 inline 6 cylinder engine. A V8 302 2 barrel was the next step up but MOTOR TREND predicted that the most popular engine would surely be the next one up the ladder: the Cleveland 351 in either 2 or 4 barrel form. The Torino was also available in a lush Brougham model which was sleek but also comfortable inside. The Torino GT was a sporty car that could be ordered with major engine packages if so desired.

The convertible GT model is very rare. The owner states that this is a documented 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible which makes it 1 of 3939 built.

The Torino is 1 of 119 in this color combination of Medium Gold Metallic with a ginger interior and black convertible top.

70 Torino GT conv Mission BC 351 engine

The original numbers matching. 351 Cleveland 2 barrel is still underhood and hooked up to the stock FMX Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission.

70 Torino GT conv Mission BC dashboard

The owner states that this Torino GT has traveled 105,000 original miles as a ONE FAMILY car. Chrome and windows are nice and paint is in good condition, with only one repaint since new.

70 Torino GT conv Mission BC int

Options include power front disc brakes, power steering, power bench seats, power top (with zip-out glass back window) and remote control rear view outside sport mirrors.

Modifications include period correct Torque-thrust wheels with new GT radial tires and new Flow Master mufflers and tips.

Recent work done to the car includes front-end rebuild, battery, antenna, convertible boot, trunk mat and side boards, new carpet and upholstery, front spoiler, Ford AM/FM stereo, and more. This Owner has a full Marti report, dealers brochure, wiring booklet and original owner's manual.

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