1970 Ford Torino GT Cobra Jet Hardtop Apparel and Accessories by Legend Lines
A new body for the 1970 Torino line influenced by coke bottle styling, was designed. The 1970 Torino had more prominent long hood short deck styling, and was longer, lower and wider than the 1969 models. All models had a lower and less formal roofline compared to previous years. The windshield rake was increased, and the SportsRoof models had an even flatter fastback roofline. The Torino had a pointed front end and overall styling appeared much more aerodynamic than years previous. The grille covered the full width of the front fascia and surrounded the quad headlights. The front fender line extended to front door, sloping downward and gradually disappearing in the quarter panel. Both front and rear bumpers were slim tight fitting chromed units, that followed the body lines. The new body added inches and pounds to the Torino resulting in stretching the chassis used in 1968–69. All cars grew by about 5 in in length, and now rode on a longer 117 in wheelbase Weight was up for most models by at least 100 lb (45 kg). The wheel track was widened in front and the rear to help the Torino improve its road holding abilities. The extra width between the spring towers increased the engine compartment size allowing the larger 385 Series V8's to fit. Interiors on the Torino were all new for 1970. The dashboard used a linear style speedometer centered on the driver, high back bucket seats were available for all 2-door models, as was an optional console. The engine line-up received major changes, the 351 was carried over from 1969. Optional engines included the 302 (standard on GT and Brougham models), the new 351 Cleveland and the new 429 V8 (standard on the Cobra models). The Ram Air option included a "shaker hood" where the scoop was attached to the top of the air cleaner assembly, and protruded through a hole in the hood. Torino Brougham models came standard with extra exterior and interior trim, finer upholsteries, wheel covers, unique emblems, extra sound insulation and "Hideaway" headlights. The Torino GT came standard with non-functional hood scoop molded into the hood, GT emblems, dual colour-keyed sport mirrors, full width tail lights with a honeycomb effect, black decklid appliques, and hub caps with wheel trim rings. Bucket seats and console were not longer standard equipment on the GT, but remained as options. Other new options for the Torino GT were a reflective laser stripe, which ran down the middle of the side of the Torino from the front fender to the door, and Hideaway headlamps. The Torino Cobra remained the top performance model, and but was a lower level of trim than the Torino GT. The Cobra was only available as a SportsRoof, and came standard with a 4-speed close ratio transmission, Hurst shifter, competition suspension, flat black hood and grille, 7-inch-wide wheels, twist style exposed hood latches and "Cobra" emblems. New options included 15 in Magnum 500 wheels and flat black "Sport Slats" for the rear window (both also available on the Torino GT). Performance was strong even though the Torino was heavier for 1970. Motor Trend tested a 1970 Torino Cobra equipped with the Ram Air 370 hp 429 CJ, C-6 automatic, went from 0 – 60 mph in 6.0 seconds while taking 14.5 seconds at 100 mph to go through the quarter-mile. Motor Trend wrote "The weight obviously helped traction, as it was fairly easy to accelerate away from a standing start with only a modicum of wheelspin." Motor Trend also tested a 1970 Cobra with a 429 SCJ, 4-speed, and resulted in a 5.8-second 0 – 60 mph time, with a 13.99-second quarter-mile at 101.0 mph.