Over the last decade or so, competition in NASCAR has led to some pretty funky looking racecars. And when the sport was still up and coming, the tight competition actually led to some interesting production cars. The Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird are perhaps the most well-known cars of the sport's "aero wars" era but the Ford Torino King Cobra might have been the most memorable of all, if not for some different homologation rules established in 1970. The Torino King Cobra never made it to production and never competed in NASCAR, but three examples exist including this one now for sale on eBay.

Designed as a successor for the aero-tuned Torino Talladega, the Torino King Cobra has a sleeker front end with hidden headlights and a sloped nose. As the story goes, NASCAR made a rule change in 1970 requiring 3,000 of the vehicles to be produced, which was substantially more than the 500 units required by the previous rule. One of the three prototypes ever built – and the only one built with the Boss 429 engine – is now for sale on eBay with a starting bid of $500,000. With a little more than three days left on the auction there are still no bids, but in the grand scheme of things this seems like a relatively fair price for a rare piece of automobile and racing history.


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      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ahhh the Shotgun Boss 429......the only time you see them much is on oldies nite at the drag strip.
      Tiberius1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      The rarest of the rare... and Boss 429/4 speed..doubleplus good!!
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a sweet looking car. It would be the hit of any friday night parking lot car show.
      chirowolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Definately cool. $500K cool? not so much
      Pete
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool car, but more memorable than the Daytona and Superbird? Not even close. It didn't even race. More rare yes.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't help but feel that such a rare car (if genuine) would have no trouble selling at one of the more prestigious vehicle auction houses.
      jess.harty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way too much money for this car. Of the 3 so called prototypes, only 1 car had a VIN. It was all yellow and is a 636 mile survivor car that is unrestored. That 1 car was the only one developed by Ford engineers at the company. They pitched it to Nascar with a 429CJ, automatic, power steering, power brakes, AC, and full fiberglass front end. Nascar didn't like it, especially the nose being all fiberglass instead of a bolt on nose like the Superbird, and scrubbed it. The King Cobra was an attempt at getting the King, Petty back to Ford after he went back to Chrysler in the Superbird. The moldings were saved and 2 cars were built after the project was canceled, hence the no VIN. The true survivor was purchased by Bud Moore and kept until 2003ish when it was purchased and taken to Las Vegas where it resides now. $500k for that car? Forget it. The survivor before the economy went downhill didn't go for that price.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      When my wife and I were first married we went looking for bedroom furniture. One set was mirror-finish black lacquer with huge mirrors and little hidden boxes (with power outlets inside!!). It was name a Torino. To which we applied a horrible 'jersey' accent tor-EEEEE-noooooo. Now when I ever I see that word, I think a wannabe pornstar bed with power outlets
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet there is a very good chance that if you rev this thing hard enough, the valve cover will crash into the strut tower.
        theautojunkie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        ....this is not the only production 429 Torino, no reports of you hypothetical engine revving damage so far....
        theautojunkie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        ....this isn't the only Torino using a 429, so far no reports to your hypothetical shock tower damage...
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a single shot with the headlights open? I Was going to bid but now, screw em!
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      theautojunkie
      • 1 Year Ago
      ....called him on the phone(owner) said $800,000 was his reserve....
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