1970 Ford Torino: A True Verifiable Survivor

Jul 8, 2021 2 min read
1970 Ford Torino: A True Verifiable Survivor

Long-term ownership by a notable engineer helped keep this 1970 Ford Torino in original condition.

On January 30th, 1970, Verl A. Goldsmith, an engineer working on the Apollo 17 mission, walked into Warren Wooten Ford in Cocoa Beach, FL. He sat down with sales associate Fryman and eventually purchased a brand new Medium Red Ford Torino with a long, rare, and coveted list of options. Under the hood was a 351C-4V V8 engine mated to a Cruise-A-Matic automatic transmission and an optional ratio rear end. The interior was upholstered in Black Broadcloth and vinyl and features included power front disc brakes and an AM radio. Among the other options were whitewall tires, tinted glass, and Argent Styled steel wheels.

Over the next 51-years, the car has been meticulously maintained and well documented, boosting its status as a true survivor car. Along its journey, it has managed to hang on to everything that makes this car so special. This includes its original drivetrain, interior, and exhaust. While Mr. Goldsmith passed away some years ago, according to its current owner the car has never been refinished and is in a condition that accurately represents what made the Ford Torino such a desirable car. Additionally, the Deluxe Marti Report indicates that this particular car is pretty rare with only 1,717 examples being finished in this color, 383 in like trim, 631 with the Cruise-O-Matic backed 351C-4V engine and just 109 with the Argent Styled steel wheels.

This car is now being auctioned off by OK Classic Car Auctions at no reserve. At the time of publishing, the current high bid was just over $4k but that will obviously not last. Bidders have until July 10th to place their bids on Proxibid. For more information on this 1970 Ford Torino survivor or how to register to place your bid click here.

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