Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #42

Okay, okay. Some folks took my light-hearted knock at Ford over their partnership with Tesla [*snerk*], so today's car pic has got to be something from the Big Blue Oval...

1970 Ford Torino Cobra.

This one hits the list for two reasons, both of which having to do with good friends of mine. The first is my buddy Dan, who has a '69 Torino (not the Cobra, but the GT) that he found a few years back in unrestored but good condition. He picked it up because he's a Ford guy (he's actually a Master Mechanic for Ford, and if he can't fix something, it literally cannot be fixed) and it was made the year he was born. Pretty good reason, IMHO.

The other reason has to do with my best friend in the world, SCI-FI. His first car was a '76 Gran Torino sedan, in baby/sky blue (it was exactly the right color that film cameras could not pick up, so that his car appears invisible in many pictures from our teenaged years). I have many fond memories of driving into Boston in the Gran Torino, either going to a sci-fi convention (don't judge!) or just hanging out in the Commons.

Damn, though, that Cobra is a mighty sweet looking ride...

That is all.


libertyman said...

A friend had a passion for those he owned several at various times including an all black one that really looked nice.
I guess hat was a "mid size" car back then? Quite shapely, too.

MrGarabaldi said...

The Torino GT is still my dream car, I remembered seeing a green one with the multicolor strip on the bottom back in 1971 when I was about 6 years old. Since then, I like those cars. If I ever hit on the lottery, I will look and buy one. And yes I am a Ford guy.

Anonymous said...

My parents bought a dark green '69 Torino when I was four. Traded in a 440-powered '68 Dodge Coronet four-door to get it; mostly because I think Dad wanted a fast two-door.

The Torino had the 429 big block in it, and Dad still teases me at how I'd yell "GO DADDY GO!" every time he'd tromp on the gas pedal.

Heck of a motor. Too bad the Torino's body fell apart on it after a few years; the passenger side rusted to the point that my parents were faced with welding the door shut on that side to keep it from falling off the car, or spending more money on body repair than the car was worth.

So somewhere around my eighth birthday the Torino went away and was replaced by a crappy, slow-as-molasses '69 Chevy Blazer, which had such a dearth of "GO DADDY GO!" under the hood that it too was replaced in short order with a brand-new, 440-powered '76 Dodge Ramcharger.

Needless to say, if I ever win the lottery a restomod Torino is on my wishlist. Along with a restored first-generation Ramcharger...but that's another tale.

--Wes S.