Saturday, January 25, 2020

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special Fastback - $170k high bid

Auction Lot F134, Kansas City. A total of 96 Mustang Twister Specials were produced and sold in Kansas-area dealerships for the 1970 model year. Based on the already powerful Mach 1, the Twister Special added a drag pack suspension and either a Super Cobra Jet Ram Air engine or the new 351ci Cleveland V8. The cars were available only in Grabber Orange and featured a black hood stripe and tornado decal. 52 Twisters are thought to exist today, of which 18 feature the 351 engine. This highly optioned example cost $ 4275.00

These cars are highly collectible with top quality examples expected to make $140k to $200k.
1 of 96 specially-ordered and consecutively numbered Mustangs made exclusively for Ford Kansas City sales district dealers. 1 of 48 produced with the 428 Super Cobra Jet engine. 1 of 24 with manual 4-speed.

Professional restoration. Matching numbers engine. 3.91 rear end with Detroit Locker. Grabber Orange with Black Deluxe interior. Philco AM radio. Hurst T-handle shifter.
When American Raceways International requested 1970 Mustang convertibles for use as pace cars and limited editions, Ford’s Special Promotions Division created unique side stripes and graphics for the project. But when AMI went bankrupt, Ford used them as a special regional promotion for Mach 1s and Torino Cobras.

The Twister had serious performance upgrades. A drag pack suspension separated it from the largely cosmetic embellishments offered on other one-offs.
All were delivered in Grabber Orange with a black interior, functional Shaker hood scoop, Drag Pack 3.91 gears, power steering and power front disc brakes.
Rare and highly collectible the Grabber Orange Twister Special is highly desirable. The car made high bid of $170k against an Estimate of $220k - $250k.