Ford’s Torino model hit the market in 1968 as an upscale variant of their Fairlane model. It was in production until 1976 due to falling production and sales figures. Plus, everyone knows how Ford likes to innovate and bring new and exciting things to the market to entice gearheads.
The 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra was the first in the lineup to be a primary model, which saw the Fairlane model become a subseries of Torino. The 1970 variant is home to an entirely new design as well as other features that we cannot help but love.
On that note, here are our favorite features of the rare and classic 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra.
The 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra: Aircraft-Like Styling
Unlike previous models of the Ford Torino, the 1970 variant saw an entirely new design. At first glance, it is quite apparent how it takes inspiration from a coke bottle as well as an aircraft.
The coke bottle styling influences the retro appearance of the body. Meanwhile, the aircraft styling is apparent when looking at the car’s tailfins and its narrow middle.
Ford stylist Bill Shenk took to designing the 1970 King Cobra and his mission was to make the car similar to a supersonic aircraft. To do this, the car has to have a narrow waist, a bulging forward, and rear fuselages to help the car reach supersonic speeds.
Furthermore, the 1970 variant sees a long hood and short deck styling. In comparison to previous years, all models had a lower and less formal roofline. The windshield rake was larger, and the fastback roofline on SportsRoof models was even flatter.
The 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra Features A New Body Style
Initially, the production run for the 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra was 13. In this minuscule lineup is a new body style, which quite obviously takes inspiration from Chevrolet. The new body style was a four-door pillarless hardtop, which is similar to a 1966 Chevy Chevelle.
The only issue with having a longer body is extra weight. The 1970 models were 127mm longer. Although this is marginal, this extra length took to adding 45 KG to the overall weight of the King Cobra. There was also the option to add on different suspensions and shocks, which would add to the weight even more.
Moreover, other variants include base models such as a two-door hardtop, four-door sedan, and four-door wagon. After the four-door pillarless variant there were also options to choose a “Torino Brougham”, which was the top trim level available. This variant was available as a two or four-door hardtop and a four-door station wagon.
Thereafter, there are also two sportier variants. This includes the “Torino GT” which was available as a two-door SportsRoof and convertible. Then there was the performance model, the “Torino Cobra”, which was available as a two-door SportsRoof only.
With a lot of variants to choose from, the customer base for the 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra really was lucky and must have had a difficult time choosing.
The 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra’s Interior Was Upgraded
As well as the 1970 Ford Torino models saw a new body style and larger engine choice, such as a new 429-4V 385 Series V8, the car has a whole new interior too.
Inside, customers will find a linear-style speedometer centered on the driver and a new ribbon-style tachometer. Furthermore, the interior was home to new bucket seats for extra comfort.
To further enhance the comfort of the King Cobra, Ford took to kitting the 1970 models out with had DirectAire ventilation systems as a standard feature for the SportsRoof and convertible models, which took to eliminating the need for side vent windows. Drivers could sit with the windows up on hot summer days and not have to worry about overheating.
A final obvious interior change was the change in position of the ignition switch. For the 1970 model, it sits on the steering column instead of the instrument panel, which was so that the car was in compliance with Federal regulations. Although the interior was nothing fancy or special, the changes certainly took to enhancing the comfort and convenience of the driver. Even being able to enjoy a cool breeze throughout a car during this time period with the windows up would be a driver’s desire.
Overall, there is nothing bad to say about the 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra model. Although the production for this particular model was small, this makes the car even more desirable. Its new body style and interior design are enough to satisfy any Ford customer. Yet, they could even enjoy a bigger engine choice, multiple trims, and new styling that was rare to see on any other car on the road.