The 1970 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 428 Twister Special that sold for $107,000 in Kansas City.

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David Newhardt photo, courtesy of Mecum Auctions.
While every muscle car enthusiast knows about the Mustang Mach 1, the 1970-only “Twister Special” version may be unfamiliar to those located outside the Midwest. Mecum Auctions knows its customers, however, and based on its success with a pair of Twister Specials in Kansas City last December, the auctioneers returned with a new pair of regional Mustangs for 2013. Lightning did indeed strike twice in the same location, as both Twister Special Mustangs offered this year again cracked the sale’s top-10 list.In an effort to increase Mustang sales in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ford offered its pony car in several regional special editions. Those in California received the GT/California Special, those in Colorado received the High Country Special, and in 1970, Ford dealers in Kansas City received the Mach 1-based Twister Special. Available with either Cobra Jet 428 power or 351 Cleveland power, each of the 96 models built (48 with the 428-cu.in. engine and 48 with the 351-cu.in. engine) came painted in Grabber Orange with unique “Twister Special” graphics. Each featured a blueprinted engine and came loaded up with performance options instead of the usual luxury items, though buyers could choose between manual and automatic transmissions.

Buy the 1970 FORD MUSTANG (Twister Special) ART PRINT  BY DANNY WHITFIELD HERE!
Buy the 1970 FORD MUSTANG (Twister Special) ART PRINT BY DANNY WHITFIELD HERE!

The 428-cu.in. Cobra Jet V-8. David Newhardt photo, courtesy of Mecum Auctions.
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Grabbing the fourth spot in this year’s Kansas City top-10, a Cobra Jet 428 Twister Special with just 9,365 original miles sold for a hammer price of $107,000. Built on October 16, 1969, the car came equipped with the C6 automatic transmission and the factory Drag-Pak option, and included extensive documentation dating to the car’s original MSO, Ford invoice and title. Fresh from a recent restoration, Mecum never described the car as “numbers matching,” perhaps indicative of a former life lived in quarter-mile increments. While the selling price was good enough to be among the sale’s highest, it fell $33,000 short of the amount realized for a similar-condition Cobra Jet 428 Twister Special in last year’s sale.

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1970 FORD MUSTANG (Twister Special) side view

1970 FORD MUSTANG (Twister Special) rear view

The second Twister Special available to Kansas City bidders this year was a 351 Cleveland-powered example, described as one of 39 built with this engine and an automatic transmission. Also the subject of a recent and thorough restoration, the car was reportedly unearthed in the barn of a Missouri farmer who had owned the car for two decades. As with the Cobra Jet-powered Twister Special, Mecum was also careful to avoid using the phrase “numbers matching” in regards to this Mustang, which hammered at a price of $82,000. That’s a significant drop from the $130,000 price realized for a comparable 351 Cleveland-powered Twister Special during last year’s sale, but good enough to place this year’s car at number six on the top seller’s list.

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