Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1970.5 Ford Falcon 429 Cobra Jet


This is another installment of the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, when we uncover unusual cars that were built during the era of the “Classic Muscle Car”, and to help redefine what a Muscle Car could be. Show of hands: How many of you realized that there were two different Ford Falcons offered during the 1970 model year? This was an interesting time for Ford, as they were phasing out the Falcon, to supplant it with the Maverick. On the other hand, they wanted to hedge their bets and continue with a nameplate that served the company well for almost a decade. However, when it became apparent that the Maverick was a hit the Falcon nameplate soon vanished (at least here in North America). But look what we have here… A car that was produced for a period of less than six months, with a unique body style, and with a 429 Cobra Jet under the hood. Lets take a look at Ford’s six month wonder, the 1970.5 Ford Falcon.


An interesting event occurred as the Falcon line was coming to an end. Production terminated entirely on January 1, 1970. For a brief time thereafter, the ’1970 1/2′ Falcon was offered. The 4-door and Station Wagon were re-badged Fairlanes, with Falcon specific chrome, but the 2-door was unique to the Falcon line. The Torino and Fairlane lineup had 2-door vehicles, but they were fastbacks and hardtops. The Falcon was the only one offered with a 2-door sedan (it has a b-pillar behind the driver door glass). The Falcon line did not offer fastbacks or hardtops. Interestingly enough, this ’70 1/2 Falcon had seven engine choices up to an awesome 375 hp 429 cu in Cobra Jet V-8. The ’70 1/2 Falcon was a stop gap measure to hold the market until the Maverick was ready for production. Thus ended the Falcon line.


The Grabber Green Falcon pictured was built on 01/21/1970 and sold 06/27/70 Other Options: the 429 Cubic Inch Cobra Jet V-8, C-6 Select shift Cruise-O-Matic, Optional Axle Ratio, Power Front Disc Brakes, AM Radio, Argent Style Steel Wheels. Marti Auto Works is the privileged licensee to Ford Motor Company’s entire production database for the 1967-1979 model years. They can produce the Marti Report, detailing everything about any Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury made in North America during 1967-1979.


The Marti Report for the Grabber Green Falcon featured in this post is as follows:

429,134 Torinos Built 26,071 were Falcons
69 came with 429-4V CJ non-Ram Air engines
27 where automatic transmissions
2 where painted Grabber Green
2 had black Vinyl Bench Seats
1 was equipped with Argent Style Steel Wheels


This makes this Falcon one of one. However, it is interesting to note that there were 68 other Falcons equipped with the 429-4V CJ engines. I’ve included other 1970.5 Falcons in this article for illustration purposes only.


So, there you have it, a very rare, 6 month only model, with a fire breathing engine. So you have to ask, is this a true Obscure Muscle Car, or is it really just a stripped down Torino? And if it isn’t all that Obscure, does it belong in the garage? In reality, this was a true competitor to the Plymouth Road Runner as an inexpensive Muscle Car of the day, but was it? I look forward to your comments.

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20 responses to “Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1970.5 Ford Falcon 429 Cobra Jet”

  1. Kamil_K Avatar

    There are only two possible answers in this poll… the top one or the bottom one.
    The other two are just wrong.

    1. Alff Avatar

      I had to stop picking the bottom one when he started profiling proper muscle cars, like this one.

    2. CalculatedRisk Avatar

      I think it shoulda been a Torino, but I agree that this is a muscle car. The 429 between the front fenders is the major qualifier here, who cares what they call it.

  2. zen_monkey Avatar

    " Thus ended the Falcon line."
    With all due respect..
    What the Falcon?
    Thusly ended the North American Falcon line.
    However, in Australia..
    <img src="http://webmonkees.com/art/img/falcon.jpg"&gt;
    Hoon " is a term used in Australia and New Zealand, to refer to one who drives a car or boat in a manner which is anti-social by the standards of contemporary society, i.e. too fast, too noisily or too dangerously"

  3. $kaycog Avatar

    Yes, definitely! 429 CJ……HOT, HOT, HOT, and that Grabber Green color is lovely!

  4. muthalovin Avatar

    Obscure? Yes. Rare? Quite. Muscle? Absolutely. Checks all the right boxes for me.
    Also, when I saw this: "I vote no each time there is a poll for the Obscure Muscle Car Garage, just to piss Jim off! (0%, 0 Votes)" I laughed.

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    The green car looks like one that was for sale recently in the Hemmings.

  6. hubba Avatar

    Actually, the 1970 Falcon midsize wasn't a placeholder for the Maverick. The Maverick was introduced in April 1969.
    The Falcon, like the Pontiac T-37 and 1970 non-Malibu Chevelle, was introduced as a lower cost model in response to an economic downturn.

  7. pj134 Avatar

    Have we had a vote go "no" yet?

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Hear that hammering and sawing? More stalls are being added to the garage as we speak, so we aren't in danger of running out of room yet…

      1. Albert Worthington Avatar

        the hammering and sawing is also for people who voted no

  8. Trey Avatar

    More than 69 cars were built with CJs. The number quoted above is for non-ram air cars.

  9. Jim Avatar

    Unique Bodystyle as there were no 2dr sdn Torinos, so yes, it fits the definition well, and should be included in the Obscure Muscle Garage!

  10. jimmy Avatar

    I own one of these, only mine has a 351 Cleveland. I have never seen another one in person and every show or cruise night I go to, no one has a clue about what it is. They get even more confused when they see the falcon badges. It's a great conversation piece and an awesome car.

    1. Leslie Mutch Avatar
      Leslie Mutch

      I too own one, bought it from a fellow in Louisiana, drove it back home to British Columbia Canada, never got to stop once without at least one person stopping with a bunch of questions. Same thing now when ever I take it out.

  11. Keith Thomas Mason Avatar
    Keith Thomas Mason

    I owned one back in 1974. Mine was a red automatic non ram air with an am radio and bench seats with trim rings and hub caps. It would turn the quarter mile in about 13.5 seconds. I had a lot of fun with it, but when the gas prices went up and I had 2 children I got practical and sold it. I have kicked myself ever since, but such is life.

  12. Lungs_of_Steel Avatar

    “The ’70 1/2 Falcon was a stop gap measure to hold the market until the Maverick was ready for production.”
    The Maverick debuted mid-year 1969.
    Additionally, there were two CJs available, including one with ram air induction (C-code). The numbers you show (69) are for the non-ram air version. The ram air version (J-code), Ford built 90. Of the total for both, I believe 135 had the Drag Pack.

  13. Becky Avatar

    I have a 1970 Ford Falcon Futura 2 dr. It is not a 70 1/2. Its from Kansas City plant. Original 302 block. Door has been changed so there’s no data plate. I only have my VIN. Can anyone give me any info on production numbers for the end of the run? I read somewhere there were 1129 produced from January to June. Can anyone verify this for me? And any other info would be great.

    1. Lungs_of_Steel Avatar

      The production numbers you quoted appear correct but I bet production was from September to December or into the early months of 1970 until the Fairlane-based Falcon was introduced.

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