Name: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra Prototype
Year Produced: 1970
Number Built: 2 or 3 prototypes
Class: Sports Car
Body Type: 2-door hardtop
Engine: ohv V-8 engine
Power: 370 hp @ 5400 RPM
0-60mph: 5.0 seconds
Top Speed: 154 mph
Transmission: 4-speed close ratio
Length/width: 206.2 in/ 76.7 in
Wheelbase: 117 in.
Base Price: US$459,900 (eBay)
After more than 45 years of slumber, the Torino King Cobra prototype resurfaced to regain its glory as a classic collectible with an intriguing story attached to its name. Now being auctioned at EBay with a tag of $459,900, its reawakening is short of a miracle so to speak according to Ciprian Florea of Top Speed, as most prototypes are either crushed or dismantled once their builders are done with them. “True enough that this Torino never became a true NASCAR racer, nevertheless it remains an important part of Ford’s racing history. Part of a batch of two original prototypes built by the Blue Oval, this specific Torino King Cobra is actually a unique piece, being the only one fitted with a Boss 429 engine”, Florea explains.
This prototype’s history can be traced back to the 1960s when NASCAR ruled that to be able to compete in the race, a car should have a minimum of 500 commercial variants built. This resulted to weird-looking muscle cars known as “Aero” cars. As such, they were built for NASCAR’s big ovals and were manufactured for sale in limited quantity just to satisfy NASCAR’s requirement. Eventually, NASCAR mandated that all “Aero” cars should be limited in displacement to 5.0 litres. Almost simultaneously, NASCAR increased the 500-minimum requirement to 3,000.
These factors caused the Torino King Cobra project to be abandoned. But with its beauty and rarity, any car collector will surely love it.
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