1970 FORD TORINO GT
429 'N' CONVERTIBLE
1970 Torino GT Convertible
Special Production Car
Rare 1 of 125 Big Block N-Code 429 Convertible
Factory Bucket Seats with Floor Shift Console
Factory Rim Blow Steering Wheel
Factory Power Windows
Factory Power Top
Factory Intermittent Wipers
Factory Power Steering & Front Disc Brakes
Factory Nodular Case 31-Spline 3.00 Traction-Lok Differential
This is an extremely rare car. Only 125 N-Code Big Block Convertibles were made. This combination of options would likely make this a one of one car. The Marti Report confirms that this was also a Special Production Car with the special build date of 4th of July. Ford gave this production date to all of its ‘Special Order Cars’ to make clear that it was not a standard order car as the factory was not open on the fourth. These 4th of July cars have special significance as they are typically highly optioned and have very low VIN #’s. This car in particular is the 39th car to be completed in the Lorain plant for the 1970 model year. This is likely the very first Big Block Torino Convertible Produced. This car has an impressive 16 options beyond the 429 engine option! When you look for an investment car, this is what you want.
This car started out life in this same color configuration you see today, Medium Blue Metallic Paint, White Convertible Top with a White Turin Knit Bucket Seat Interior. It has seen a repaint in the factory color that is many years old with numerous scratches & imperfections. The body itself is overall a great restoration candidate that has some rust in the quarters along the wheel lips and at the bottoms. The doors have some bubbles in the corners. The trunk floor looks to be in very good condition with nice crisp seems and factory paint. We have extensive photos of the undercarriage and body. If there is something specific you feel we have missed please let us know and we can get it for you. This is a very rare car and one of the few cars that has a resale value and investment potential to support a restoration quality repaint.
The highly desirable White Turin Knit Bucket Seat Interior has a Factory Floor Console. Tasteful options like Power Windows, Electric Clock & Intermittent Wipers were likely optioned to show off the option groups available. The front seats have been re-upholstered in the correct reproduction materials and a new molded carpet kit installed. The front door panels were replaced with 71 units that cleaned up nicely. The dash had been recovered at some point and looks nice. There is still some cleaning & restoration work to be done on the interior.
The 429 Big Block fires up easily and appears to have low miles on the reported performance rebuild. On start up you can hear the 429 Cobra Jet style Forged Pistons until they warm up and then the engine settles into a nice mild lope from the larger than stock camshaft. The engine has also had a High Quality Balance job done the reciprocating assembly. The engine is glassy smooth at RPM. We have searched the engine for the VIN stamping without finding any VIN’s. It is a C9 block, as would be expected in an early car. Research has shown the C9 blocks were used in the August produced cars backing this up. Many of the Pre-Production cars did not receive the engine stampings that normal production cars did. Since the date codes on the 429’s are in the cam valley under the intake we have not matched the date codes. This engine has great power and easily destroys Both rear tires thanks to the Factory Traction-Lok rear axle. The C6 automatic Transmission works nicely as well and produced a good chirp or prodigious wheel spin on the 1 to 2 up-shift depending on the throttle.
The Hide-Away-Headlight option has been added to this car and is not fully complete. Most of the parts are there, but the driver’s headlight grill, vacuum switch and linkage will need to be sourced. This is a highly desirable option that has been added.
The car drives well and we had it on some short local drives (5-10 miles) where it has behaved well. The steering feels good and the car functions properly. The fluids all check out and it starts easily when cold and warm. This could be a great drive it while you restore. Realistically this car should support the high end restoration costs with the investment value at the end. Also the bragging rights to owning what is likely the first Big Block Convertible is something to consider.
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