1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet – Vintage Road Test Video




Watch a vintage road test of the 1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet with Bud Lindemann.

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Video Transcript

Bud Lindemann: This is the one Ford takes to the racetracks. You know this Torino GT must have been a better idea because it picked up a bundle of checkered flags. When the new 71’s came off the assembly line the changes were very slight but then of course when you’ve got a winner you don’t hurry back to the drawing boards. We, however, do feel that the performance of this new model is better. But, I’ll tell you what, judge it for yourself. You’re looking at it. A real, honest-to-goodness supercar, in 1971. Apparently, no one told Ford about smog emission, high insurance premiums and the new legislation sponsored safety laws. Somewhere I heard that the supercar is dead, but at Ford Motor it’s very much alive.

Bud Lindemann 1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet

1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet Bud Lindemann

“Great to feel the muscle”

We got the test we wanted, 429 cubic inch engine, 370 horses, heavy-duty suspension and without all the accessories that add all the time. Great to feel the muscle, we hit 30 miles an hour and 3.4 seconds We felt that these runs would be considerably better with G60 15 tires. Our tester has the standard G 70 14. 45 MPH took 5.4 seconds.

Brake Test 1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet

1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet Brake Test 2

We had the standard 350 to 1 rear-axle ratio. The optional 391 or 430 would have made a big difference in the ETs. But as it was, it still made sixty miles an hour in seven seconds flat.

Making the Torino go was obviously the prime consideration, making it stop seemed almost like an afterthought. This showed up in the braking tests. We had 11.3-inch discs in the front with 10-inch drums in the rear. The brakes began to fade on this 50 MPH stop and is measured 97 feet. On this 70 MPH panic stop, the brake fade was very noticeable, rear axle hop was prevalent and quite a bit of Correction was necessary to keep it in a straight line. We ate up 204 feet.

Brake Test 971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet

1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet Brake Test

“The car felt strong and massive”

In the pylon runs the car felt strong and massive. It seemed to stay flat, as our driver pushed through the cones at over 50 miles. This is where the heavy-duty suspension really pays off. Rebound and recovery excellent.

Wheel drft 971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet

1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet Wheel drft

With all the parts hot and really working we took the Torino out of the track and turned it loose. The 429-inch hauler up front made it possible to bring it through the turns with accelerators power on and rubber spoken, In a four-wheel drift. For a while it felt like 1969, when the super car was king. They employ heavy duty independent coil springs, shocks and torsion bars up front. With heavy duty leaf springs and shocks in the rear. Axle hop was quite noticeable in hard high-speed cornering. This was probably due to the rear suspension this poorly located. Stiffer shocks could have made the difference, especially in rear end control. They seem to be too soft for the spring rates.

Track Test 1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet

1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet Track Test

“The Muscle Car is still Alive.”

In all our cornering there was a lot of Tire squeal and horn honking. You suppose they’ll ever get rid of that rim blow steering wheel. While there were several changes we’d like, testing the Torino Cobra was still fun and it did prove one thing, the Muscle Car is still Alive. 

Burn Out 1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet

1971 Ford Torino GT 429 Cobra Jet Burn Out

 

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