The 1968 Shelby Mustang. The 1969 Dodge Charger. The 1969 Pontiac Firebird. The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. These are just a few of the makes and models that probably come to mind when you think of the most classic American muscle cars of all time. Though there are a whole host of muscle cars like the ones above that typically garner a decent amount of name recognition, there are others that can sometimes fly under the radar. One such underrated muscle car is the Ford Torino Cobra.
While in production from 1968-1976, the Torino Cobra that was produced from 1970 to 1971 was one of the fastest iterations. Powered by a 429 cubic inch 4V Ford Torino Cobra Jet engine, the Torino could go from 0-60 in under six seconds. Just take a look at the Torino’s specs, and you’ll see that it was one seriously epic classic car.
The standard engine was the 429 4V with two bolt mains, 10.5:1 compression, a cast iron intake, a 600-cfm carb, and a 360-hp rating. For $164, however, buyers could step up to the 429 Cobra Jet with 11.3:1 compression, more cam, and a bigger carb for 370 hp. Another $229 got you a shaker hood scoop.
Ford also offered the 429 Super Cobra Jet (J code) with the Drag Pack option. This engine got a Holley carburetor, four-bolt mains, forged pistons, and a radical solid-liter camshaft. It was very underrated at 375 hp. Ford built 7675 Torino Cobras in 1970 and the model continued into 1971 with just some trim changes.
With a black front end, slatted rear window trim, and twisting exterior hood latches, the Ford Torino Cobra, which started life as the Ford Fairlane, had a sleek body style and even just looked the part of a street racing car that could churn out some serious power.
It may not be among the most talked about classic American muscle cars, but make no mistake about it: the Ford Torino is certainly no joke. And when it comes to pure, unadulterated speed, it could definitely hang with the best of them.