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1970 Ford Torino King Cobra Tribute. As Good As An Original?

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Ford Torino King Cobras do not come up for sale very often, so it gets quite exciting when they do.
However, on closer inspection of the ad. this car is a ‘tribute,’ but has a lot of original features.

The car has one of two surviving prototype King Cobra front ends. the drivetrain is a 429ci Cobra Jet Engine.
The full restoration of the car done inside and out.
The car also comes with a marti Report.

We have put the full rundown and specs of the car below, but essentially this is a tribute with an original King Cobra front-end.
An original King Cobra will set you back for a five times the asking price of this car, but you will have to be a big fan of the King Cobras to buy into this vehicle.

Engine: 429 V8.
Transmission: 3 Speed C6 Automatic.
Price: US $129,900.00

Original Numbers Matching 429ci Cobra Jet Engine
1077 6 – Suffix Code on Back of Block
Numbers Matching C6 Transmission
Cast Iron Tail Housing
Heavy Duty Nodular 9″ 3.00:1 Differential
31 Spline
Factory A/C
Quadrajet Carb
Upsized 2.5″ Reproduction Exhaust
Cast Iron Manifolds
Crossflow Radiator
Polished Aluminum Valve Covers
Power Front Disc, Rear Drum Brakes
New Calipers and Rotors
New Brake Lines
Power Steering
Restored Steering and Suspension
New Springs and Shocks
Original Driveshaft with Stripes
New U Joints
Parking Brake
All New Fluid Lines
New Fuel Tank

Factory Candy Apple Red Paint
1 of 2 Surviving Prototype King Cobra Front Ends
Replated Exterior Chrome
Professionally Polished Stainless
Straight and Solid Body
Beautiful Fit and Finish
Solid Trunk is Finished as Nice as the Exterior
Full Size Spare Tire
Floors are Finished in Red Oxide Primer
Undercarriage Appears to be All Original Metal
Pinch Welds are in Great Shape
Frame is Solid and Clean
New Magnum 500 Wheels
BFG Radial T/A’s 245/60/15 Front, 275/60/15 Rear


Factory Black Bucket Seat
Factory Console
Floor Shift
Interior has been restored using as much of the original upholstery as possible
Rim Blow Steering Wheel Professionally Restored – Inoperable
Ultra Rare NOS 140mph Speedometer with Ribbon Tach
Factory AM Radio
Rechromed Dash Bezels
Door Panels are in Great Shape
Seatbelts Front and Back
Carpet is Beautiful
Nice Headliner and Dome Light

Story on the Front Nose:
If you want rare, this is the definition. The story begins with only 3 original cars believed to be made for testing purposes. This is strongly believed to be one of the earliest original front ends. There are no part numbers on the original noses as they were vendor-produced prototypes.
In the beginning wind tunnel testing showed that the hood latch was too far back so the hoods had the latch moved forward. This is the only known nose with the rearward latch area. Bud Moore purchased 2 of the King Cobras from Ford after the program was killed. He kept the yellow production version that had more refinements to the fiberglass front end. The other car had a damaged front end so a new standard production front end was installed and the car was sold. The front end was then sold separately and was tracked thanks to Steve Daniele and Greg Moore through its ownership and this is strongly believed to be that front end. The only surviving all original car is Bud Moore’s yellow car with no graphics. It is optioned very similarly to our Cobra with a C-Code 429CJ, Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes and Air Conditioning.

The other known original KING Cobra is Calypso Coral has had an engine swap from the original 460 Wedge engine to a BOSS 429. There is another Yellow Cobra that is considered to be an original with Holman & Moody VIN numbers. The previous owner worked with Steve Daniele, the only known source of reproduction King Cobra front ends. His production run consisted of 4 front ends. He confirms that he used a repaired original front end from Joey Adams in Louisiana to make the mold. Steve also indicated he remembered that the original front end had damage to the front corner, this car has consistent repairs that are visible from the interior side in the front nose cone area.
The owner also worked with Dr. John Craft as well as sources from Holman & Moody and Bud Moore to verify that this is an original front end. From what the owner found so far, it is believed by all involved that this front end is the repaired original from the Vermillion King Cobra restored by Steve Daniele in the 1980’s. This front end has the ‘chop gun’ blown in fiberglass construction with some fiberglass mat repairs in the front corners and lower fascia. The few (and only known) reproduction noses, made by Daniel, used a glass mat construction throughout not the ‘chop gun’ style of the originals. Furthermore, this hood has a steel reinforcement and does not require a prop rod or stands, as do the reproduction hoods. This is truly a rare investment quality vehicle that has been given the royal treatment as far as restorations go. No expense was spared and this vehicle could easily be the centerpiece of most vehicle collections.



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