15k: 429 Cobra Jet Powered: 1970 Ford Torino Coupe

 This next feature comes from DT regular Andy L who writes:  Here is a car that seems to occupy an unusual niche.  It is a real live big block muscle car with a 4-speed that has not been restored, molested or otherwise permanently devalued and falls well within the DT $20K limit.  While it is not perfect, it seems to be a car that nearly anyone could jump into and see what a blue collar gear-head of the 70’s might have enjoyed.  Find this 1970 Ford Torino Coupe with 429 V8 power and 4-speed manual found here on eBay located in Gaines, MI with 1 day to go.

Nowadays, just about
anything drivable with a big block and and a stick from this era is
either a basket case or restored and priced stratospherically.  Here is a
classic, mean-looking torque beast that you could carelessly park
between two Tauruses while you are at Wal-Mart and then fry the hides on
the way out of the parking lot.  No, it will not win any beauty
pageants and it is not the lightest machine by any means, but it fits
the bill. 

With fuel at 2 bucks a gallon you
could make this your daily driver and still afford a leather jacket. If
you ever decide to bring an end to your muscle car experience, you
probably won’t take a beating on the resale, either.  The way classic
car prices have been trending, you may even make a few bucks.       

DT: Under the hood of this thing is a 429 cubic inch CobraJet version of the 385 series V8.  The CobraJet was rated at 370 horsepower (although it may have made much more if you believe the conspiracy theorists of the day) and was mated to a close ratio 4-speed manual gearbox and a  3.25:1 traction lok rear end.

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