Each day the GTI gets a little closer to being street worthy and each day we grow a little more impatient to take it for a spin. We hear keep hearing how fun these light little cars are to drive and we can’t wait to see if it’s true. That is until we are sidetracked with a car like this 429 Cobra Jet equipped 1970 Ford Torino GT and then the hairy chested cave man comes out in us and all we want to power slide a big block powered rear wheel spinning chunk of American Iron. This Torino is still buried under this mountain of junk, so it may be a while before it is sliding anywhere, but you can find it here on eBay. Thanks go to Jim S. for the tip!
In all honesty, every car has its merit and something that makes it fun. For the GTI, it’s its nimble handling. For this Torino, it’s the 429 cui Cobra Jet V8 that makes it a blast to drive. The Cobra Jet was rated at an impressive 370 horsepower, which is a lot of power going to the back wheels. The 429 was the largest engine offered in the Torino and made what was typically a sedate mid-size, into a mean muscle car. The seller doesn’t state the condition of the engine, but the 4-speed transmission is currently sitting in the trunk. It’s safe to assume there are a few mechanical issues that will need to be addressed before any sideways shenanigans can take place.
We wish the seller would have cleared some of the debris before taking photos, so that that car’s current condition could be better assessed. Hopefully there aren’t any serious issues hiding under all this stuff. Given how desirable the 429 Cobra Jet engine is, we are sure someone will snap this one up. Let’s just hope they leave it where it belongs, in the engine bay of this hairy chested Torino.