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Rare 1970 Ford Torino Twister Special Headed To Auction

Several decades ago, Ford produced a couple of regional high-performance trims on vehicles like the Ford Mustang and Ford Torino. The limited production models only existed for a short time, although Ford saw fit to reintroduce at least one of them several decades later. In most cases, they vanished nearly as soon as they arrived, leaving buyers with some pretty exclusive vehicles. That seems to be the case with the 1970 Ford Torino Twister Special, an extremely limited production model only available in the Midwest for a short time. And now, this one will be featured at the Mecum Auctions Kissimmee 2021 event.

1970 ford torino

The Blue Oval created the 1970 Ford Torino Twister Special as a special thank you to its Kansas City area dealerships for buying some specialty Mustangs. As the story goes, the automaker asked local dealers to consider picking up 100 units of Mach 1 Mustangs ordered by a racing company headed for bankruptcy. The dealers complied, but also put in a request for 90 Torinos outfitted with similar equipment.

Ford couldn’t equip the Torino Twister Special with the 428 Cobra Jet V8 engine out of the Mach 1 due to supply constraints, so the dealer group asked the company to install the newer 429 Cobra Jet big-block V8 into their special order Torinos instead. And they got exactly what they requested: 90 models painted in Vermillion, with black seats.

1970 ford torino

This particular 1970 Ford Torino Twister Special represents one of just 30 models produced with a four-speed manual transmission. It also underwent a major restoration in the past to bring it back to its original condition. Additionally, the original build sheet and window sticker are included in the sale, and its authenticity is further bolstered by its membership in the Torino Twister Registry.

Even more appealing is the inclusion of the original 429 Cobra Jet V8, which is outfitted with a Rochester 4-barrel carburetor and the correct Shaker hood assembly. Outside of the engine bay, the 1970 Ford Torino boasts some other appealing kit, like a 3.50 Traction-Lok differential.

1970 ford torino

It is safe to assume this extremely rare and very colorful Torino will fetch an eye-popping price when it crosses the auction block on January, 15th, 2021. It is part of an extensive Ford collection being auctioned off in Kissimmee, and should make its future owner quite happy.

We’ll have more cool rides like this to share soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Torino news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Gary.

    One bad ass looking car. 😊 I’m sure it runs strong…

  2. Allen

    71 GT cobra tint electric glass std shaker hood. B/o 603 293 5555

  3. Jon

    Had (2)1970 Ford torino 429 GT back in the 70’s.sold them cheap now they are worth $20,000 on up.i kick myself in the🐴 now!anyone have one out there for free because i practically gave them away😳..

  4. TMG Richmond Virginia

    I have a Ford 1970 Torino GT 351C
    Bought it from the original owner for $800.00
    I have owned this car for the last 37 years.

    1. Albert heisler

      Any pictures. My favorite car. Had one in high school. Miss it dearly. Green with the laser strips black interior. Thanks al.

  5. Keith

    I had the privilege to get a ride in a 429 SCJ back in my Telegraph days in Detroit.
    These cars push you back in the seat fast! I’ll never forget it.
    One of the fastest cars I’ve ever been in!


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