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Ford Torino 429 Cobra Jet

Ford Torino 429 Cobra Jet

Initially known as the Fairlane Torino, Ford`s new mid-sized line was launched in 1968, with a GT convertible pacing the Indy 500.

The cars never carried the Fairlane name and soon became known as Torinos. Offering a full range of coupes, hardtops and sedans, the GT line immediately gained attention for its handsome fastback body, which echoed the Mustang, but with an even more radical roofline. While only 5,317 Torino GT convertibles were, sold the fastback coupe notched up 74,135 sales, and the two-door hardtop a further 23,939. Engines ranged from a 210-hp, 302-cid V-8 to 325-hp/390-cid and 360-hp Ram-Air 428-cid mills. Both three-speed Cruise-O-Matic and four-speed manual transmissions were offered.

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The super-slippery fastback was an immediate hit with NASCAR and David Pearson took the 1968 championship. A Torino Cobra series was introduced for 1969 and the semi-sloping SportsRoof model would lend its lines to the Australian Ford Falcon of Mad Max fame. Meanwhile, the aerodynamic Torino GT Talladega Special was built in limited numbers for homologation and 754 were sold with the 428-cid Cobra Jet motor or the even more powerful 429-cid V-8.

The full Torino line continued in 1970, merely replacing the Fairlane with small six-cylinder and V-8 motors, and sedan, coupe, and station wagon bodies. Collectors focused on the Torino GT and Cobra series. The semi-sloping GT coupe sold an impressive 56,819 examples, but there were only 3,939 convertibles, making them quite rare. The Cobra GT attracted only 7,675 buyers, despite a 360-hp, Ram Air 429-cid V-8 and optional four-speed transmission.

Ford made few changes in 1971, save adding a luxury Brougham line. The high-performance wars were fading, and the GT recorded 31,641 sales, with 1,613 convertibles and 3,054 Cobra hardtops. Engines included 302-cid, 351-cid, and 429-cid V-8s.

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Ford Torinos and Grand Torinos today are best remembered as stylish and more luxurious alternatives to more common muscle cars. They may not have the same performance as some of the eras icons, but they still deliver a wallop when correctly configured, and they typically sell at prices that make entry achievable for most enthusiasts.

Engine

Type: Ford FE series 90-degree OHV V-8, cast-iron block and cylinder heads, option code "P"

Displacement: 428 cubic inches

Bore and stroke: 4.232 x 3.784 inches

Compression ratio: 10.6:1

Horsepower @ RPM: 335 @ 5,600

Torque @ RPM: 445-lb.ft. @ 3,400

Valvetrain: Overhead, hydraulic valve lifters

Main bearings: 5

Fuel system: Single 735-CFM Holley 4150 four-barrel carburetor, mechanical Carter fuel pump

Lubrication system: Full-pressure, gear-type oil pump

Electrical system: 12-volt

Exhaust system: Dual exhaust

Transmission

Type: Ford C-6 three-speed automatic, cast-iron case

Ratios

1st: 2:46:1

2nd: 1.46:1

3rd: 1.00:1

Reverse: 2.18:1

Differential

Type: Ford 9-inch with Traction-Lok limited-slip

Ratio: 3.91:1

Steering

Type: Recirculating ball, power assist

Ratio: 16:1

Turns, lock-to-lock: 4.0

Turning circle: 38 feet

Brakes

Type: Four-wheel hydraulic, power assist

Front: 11.3-inch ventilated disc

Rear: 10 x 2.25-inch expanding drum

Chassis & Body

Construction: Unitized body with front subframe

Body style: Two-door, five-passenger fastback hardtop

Layout: Front engine, rear-wheel drive

Suspension

Front: Independent, upper wishbones, lower control arms with struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar, telescopic shock absorbers

Rear: Rigid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs, telescopic shock absorbers

Wheels & Tires

Wheels: Pressed styled-steel disc

Front: 14 x 6 inches

Rear: 14 x 6 inches

Tires: Goodyear Polyglas bias-ply (currently Michelin white-stripe steel radial)

Front: F70-14 (currently P205/70R14)

Rear: F70-14 (currently P205/70R14)

Weights & Measures

Wheelbase: 116 inches

Overall length: 201 inches

Overall width: 74.6 inches

Overall height: 55 inches

Front track: 58.8 inches

Rear track: 58.5 inches

Curb weight: 3,220 pounds

Capacities

Crankcase: 5 quarts

Cooling system: 20 quarts

Fuel tank: 20.5 gallons

Transmission: 12 quarts

Rear axle: 5 pints

Calculated Data

Bhp per cu.in.: .783

Weight per bhp: 9.61 pounds

Weight per cu.in.: 7.52 pounds

Performance

Acceleration

0-60 MPH: 5.6 seconds

1/4-mile ET: 14.04 @ 101 MPH

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