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1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible Roller

First impressions:  either a phantom driver just dropped the hammer or this Torino’s engine has gone missing. Of course it’s the latter; this 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible’s original 302 cubic inch mill moved on to greener pastures, perhaps opening the door (or hood) for something more interesting. This Bellows Falls, Vermont Ford awaits an opening bid of $2500 here on eBay.

Unless you buy duct tape by the case, factor a new convertible top into your bidding, and there’s no telling what evils might emerge if you walk around this blue beauty stabbing its sheet metal with a screwdriver. Kudos to the seller for providing high-resolution pictures including many of the undercarriage which looks surprisingly solid considering the Vermont listing and “I<Heart>NY” bumper sticker. Torino styling became more distinct with this body which was only produced in ’70 and ’71. The wheel covers, trim rings, and honeycomb taillights came with the GT package (some details courtesy of Wikipedia.)

The floors show surface rust but nothing calling Fred Flintstone to mind. You can 1-800-Hot-Rod most of the interior, but finding the correct front seats might take some eBay or in-person scavenging. All parts shown are included with sale. Be sure to secure that automatic transmission before transporting this classic down the highway, as it’s probably on most people’s list of “Things I don’t want to hit the back of my head.”

I used to gasp seeing manual brakes on these big cars, but after owning a ’66 Dodge Coronet with manual brakes I know they work well when properly adjusted and communicate the threshold of traction far better than the Numb-o-Matic vacuum-assisted brakes of that era. While ’70-’71 Torinos are on my Top Ten List, I normally follow those with more than 389 cubic inches, and hesitate to comment on this one’s likely ROI if restored. The convertible top, GT package, and color combination add value. Fully restored, this handsome ride would hold its own parked next to a typical 428 CJ. It only takes $2500 to get the bidding started and assure that car finds a new home; will it be yours?

Comments

  1. Ed

    This is ablank canvas for the torino convertible ford never made. I have seen them done with the fastback trunk lid and fastback rear quarter panel end caps. Not sure whats involved but sharp looking car when done.

    • Ed

      Also looks like a 71 front grill in it.

      • John

        Yeah, the grill is from a 71, but the rocker panels are from a 70. It’s really easy to break the front grill on these, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s been replaced. Awesome car, I own a 70 GT convertible myself. Lots of unique hard to find parts on this one.

  2. billy

    How about a nicely running and handling 250 inch six? A car like that would drive wonderfully, even around the corners. Great to cruise the countryside on a nice fall day of leaf watching, or off to get ice cream. Convertibles aren’t racers, they are a different breed…more civilized. I have long ago grown out of my childish go fast instincts, maturity breeds wisdom.

    • Troy S.

      At the car show, nice looking ford torino is sitting there ,you know one of those that ford was hoping would earn them any respect from their gm rivals who always seemed to snicker at Ford products,up comes the hood and oh shucks, a six cylinder?

  3. DG

    No engine, no interior, essentially no top, no thanks. And I like the 70-71 Torinos.

  4. JW

    I like it but the opening bid is all it’s worth with all the work to be done along with a engine.

  5. Rustytech Member

    This was my favorite generation of the Fairlane/Torino. For many years this was the forgotten Ford. Collectors were coughing up tens of thousands for Mustangs, especially Cobras while ignoring these. That has changed now and price for these are rising. This has rust in all the usual places ( but not the shock towers ) and looks quite restorable. Convertible top is no big deal if the frame and mechanicals are ok. I think if this stays under 5k it could be a great investment. It begs for a big block Ford transplant and 4 speed. I’d also try to locate a hideaway head light grill, loved those.

  6. Trey

    “Fully restored, this handsome ride would hold its own parked next to a typical 428 CJ.”

    Funny, but the GT ragtop is not as rare as any CJ fastback, not to mention it’s a 429.

    And using Wikipedia for a resource? Wonder why I bother with this site sometimes.

  7. Eugene E Grenier

    talk about spooky… This is my 70 GT Convertible I bought in 2016….cam across your website and thought… Wow, who posted my car on the internet. then after looking at it for a minute, I saw that it wasn’t mine but a very very close match.

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