For Sale: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra Bud Moore Real Front End! in Plymouth, Michigan

$89,900

Vehicle Description

1970 Ford Torino King Cobra Tribute

VIN 0R38C107726

You are looking at an extremely rare Factory "C" Code 429 Cobra Jet Torino. This Cobra is fitted with one of the ORIGINAL prototype front ends delivered to Bud Moore Racing! The only other known surviving front end is on racing legend Bud Moore's own King Cobra. The restoration was just completed and both the engine and transmission have been rebuilt for performance and durability. Special Care was taken to preserve the imperfections on the front end. The car has been completely repainted in Candy Apple Red paint inside and out. The undercarriage was stripped and repainted in Red Oxide. The chrome was sent to Art Brass Plating for a show quality restoration. The stainless was professionally polished and looks amazing. The glass was all removed and professionally polished. The windshield was replaced. The interior features its original door panels and dash pad. The carpet, headliner and package tray were replaced due to wear and the interior looks incredible. The original speedometer has been replaced with a Very Rare NOS 140mph Police unit, these units when found bring around $3,000. The original instrument cluster bezel has been replated and looks amazing. The Rim Blow steering wheel was also professionally restored. This is a show ready interior with factory upholstery! The original engine and transmission have been rebuilt and still retain their original VIN stamps. The engine has been upgraded with a larger camshaft and the cylinder heads have been ported. A shift kit was added to the transmission rebuild. A reproduction exhaust kit with an up-sized 2 1/2" pipe and higher flowing mufflers looks stock, but helps this Cobra Jet make the power and sound to back up its NASCAR heritage. The steering and suspension have all been restored as well. New suspension components in the factory finish, ready for the under-car show cam! The Magnum 500 wheels are 15x7 in the front & 15x8 in the rear. New BF Goodrich Radial T/A's with 246 60 Front & 275 60 in the rear. They fit perfectly and do not rub. Just in case the need ever arose, the alignment specs were set so this car can stretch its legs. With 4 degrees of positive caster and 3/4 degree of negative camber this car exudes confidence at 60 on the highway. You can truly feel the car start to settle down and the aerodynamics start to work.

Marti Report, the October 1969 issue of Motor Trend magazine featuring the King Cobra and a display poster are included in the sale.

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Mechanics

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

Body

Factory Candy Apple Red Paint
****Prototype Front End Came from Bud Moore Racing****
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

Interior

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

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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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Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-741967
  • Price:$89,900
  • Location:Plymouth, Michigan
  • Year:1970
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Torino King Cobra Bud Moore Real Front End!
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:8C107726
  • VIN:0R38C107726