Even the most astute muscle-car heads may know little to nothing about this 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra…
That’s because this is a one-of-two (or three) prototypes built by Ford Racing for competition in NASCAR. At that time, NASCAR required homologation; if a car was going to race, a minimum number (500 in the 1960s) of production roadgoing variants had to be built. This spawned some of the craziest-looking muscle cars of the late ’60s such as the 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, and 1970 Plymouth Superbird.
These cars all shared one common trait: They were “Aero” cars. Featuring long, aerodynamic noses and spoilers, they were designed for NASCAR’s big ovals and were released in limited volume to the public in order to satisfy the 500-unit requirement. Both Ford and Chrysler saw moments of dominance in the late ’60s and in 1970 as their aerodynamic cars could reach top speeds of nearly 200 mph.
The seller claims that the car is in decent condition even with 43,235 miles on the clock, and we wouldn’t expect any less considering the eye-popping asking price. That said, in the realm of classic muscle cars, this one could be considered a paradigm of rareness and will certainly make some collector happy.