A ’70 Torino 429 Hangs On For Dear Life Trying To Fend Off A ’69 Yenko Camaro
We’re taking a look at yet another round of Stock Old-school muscle cars drag race, from the Cars and Zebras’ archives. Today’s contenders are the 1969 Chevy Yenko Camaro and the 1970 Ford Torino Cobra Jet that took part in the Factory Appearing Stock Tire or F.A.S.T racing series. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?
Ford Motor Company has been synonymous with racing ever since the early days for the Model T, but no era brought as much success as the 1960s. By 1969, Ford already had four consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans wins with the GT40, while the Mustang was putting up a good fight in the Trans-Am series. The Blue Oval also dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as the almighty Torino Talladega had won the championship in both 1968 and 1969.
However, with Dodge and its Charger Daytona growing increasingly stronger throughout 1969, Ford planned to bring its very own "aero warrior" to the party in the form of a modified, much more aerodynamic Torino. Thus the King Cobra was born, a prototype motivated by the famous Boss 429 engine and capable of delivering enormous amounts of downforce on the oval track. Unfortunately, as NASCAR increased the minimum number of cars produced for the public from 500 to 3,000 for a vehicle to qualify for the Sprint Cup, Ford abandoned the project and left Dodge and Plymouth to dominate the series for the next three years.
44 years later (as of 7/7/2014), the Torino King Cobra prototype resurfaced to regain its glory as a near-mint, classic collectible with an intriguing story attached to its name.
Click past the jump to read more about the 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra.