1971 Ford Torino GT

351 Cleveland C6 3-Speed Automatic


351 Cleveland C6 3-Speed Automatic



Stock #535-FTL
Price: $68,000
Year Make Model: 1971 Ford Torino
Sub-Model/Trim: GT
Engine: 351 Cleveland
Transmission: C6 3-Speed Automatic
Mileage: 200 ( since rebuilt )
Body Style: Convertible
Rear End: Trac Loc Posi
Gears: 3:25
Exterior Color: White
Interior Color: Black

  • AM/FM Radio
  • Cassette
  • Automatic Convertible Top
  • Glass Top
  • Hub Caps
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Steering
  • Radial Tires
  • Rally Wheels
  • Seatbelts
  • Vinyl Interior
  • Numbers are Matching

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Gateway Classic Cars of Fort Lauderdale is excited to present this rare 1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible.

The Marti Report certifies this Torino as 1 of only 13 with M Code 351, C-6 transmission, and Color/Trim Options.

This Super rare Torino GT Convertible with highly desirable options is freshly and fully restored. Ford only produced 1,613 Torino GT Convertibles in 1971.

***Marti Report states 1 of 13 with specific paint and trim Options.

*** 1 of 262 with the High Compression 351 M-code Cleveland engine and 4V closed chambered heads.

*** 1 of 164 with factory white paint #1619-A. Originally an extremely rare factory triple white car, that has been restored to factory white with new black top and interior.

*** 1 of only 30 cars ordered from 43 Milwaukee DSO.

*** Rarer still, Factory installed Select-Shift C-6 Automatic transmission. Heavy-duty trans almost never seen with 351’s.

*** Factory 9” Posi-Rear optional 3.25 gear ratio.

*** Factory Bucket Seats with Center Console

*** Hideaway Headlights

*** Power Steering,

*** Power Front Disc Brakes

*** Heavy-Duty Battery

Prior to a fresh restoration, this was a complete running well-kept car. Just completed extensive two-year, no expense spared highly detailed professional restoration to stock factory condition, with the addition of some very popular chrome engine and bolt on aftermarket parts for modern drivability, reliability, higher performance, enhanced driver comfort, and show car appeal. This GT performs much better than the day it left the factory, without permanently effecting originality. Can be return to 100% stock in a weekend.

During the meticulous restoration everything, including the entire drive train, was disassembled and properly restored, show quality re-chromed, and professionally polished to factory condition. Current odometer reading approx. 36,000. Documentation shows this was only driven 3,000 miles in last 12 years. This Torino has only been driven few test miles since complete engine and transmission rebuild to ensure all is fresh and working perfectly. Best suited for a serious collector wanting a great investment that is sure to increase. Dependable enough to drive daily, or gently as a weekend warrior.

The "351 Cleveland" is generally considered a high-performance engine. However, the truth is 92% of North American 351C engines were basic, 2V, low-compression, medium horsepower engines. Only 8% of all Ford cars came equipped with this high-performance M- Code 351 Cleveland engine with 4V carbureted configuration. (NADA adds 25% price premium for this option.)

This GT being offered for sale possesses the correct factory block with casting DOAE-L and casting date “1D21”. This is the real deal conservatively rated from the factory with 285 HP. However, it is now completely rebuilt using high performance internal components, by renowned Ford engine builder. This torque monster is now rated over 425 HP and designed to run modern unleaded fuel. It always starts, idles, and runs well with amazing bravado.

***Correct factory heads identified by "4*" casting and eight bolt valve covers. These closed chamber (quench) style cylinder heads w large exhaust valves give very high flow capacity and are the real trick to the engine's performance. With 10.7:1 high compression and monstrous free breathing ports, 61.3-64.3 cc combustion chambers, 2.198" intake valves and 1.715 exhaust valves.

An article in Super Stock and Drag Illustrated tested a Torino equipped with the 370 HP 429 CJ, C-6 automatic, stated "this car would really respond to a good ignition system, a better intake manifold, a larger carburetor and a set of headers." This convertible GT’s restorers took their sage advice and kept the car mostly stock but installed these high-performance upgrades and a bit more, detailed below.

*** Entire engine bay highly detailed and painted correct factory semi-gloss black.

*** Engine painted correct Ford blue.

***Block professionally cleaned, sonic tested, balanced, blueprinted, align bored, and cylinders honed .030 over.

*** Heads received all new Light Weight Valves with Crane Roller Rockers.

*** Cig-Erikson Performance Cam and Lifters produce a mild awesome muscular lope. (Not aggressive.)

***New True Double Roller Timing Chain and Gears.

*** Stock Crank Shaft re-profiled.

*** All new Forged Aluminum Pistons.

*** New Moly rings.

*** New Forged 5140 steel connecting rods rated to 500hp were magna-fluxed and shot-peened.

*** New Chromoly Connecting Rod bolts.

***Restored Factory 4 bbl Air Cleaner Assembly, with all correct reproduction decals. New air Filter, PCV Hoses and filter, grommets, clips, and working vacuum actuator flapper valve.

*** Additional aftermarket chrome air filter assembly and filter. (Store original safely.)

*** New 670 Holley Street Avenger Carburetor

***New Edelbrock RPM Air-Gap high performance aluminum 4-barrel Intake Manifold. (Original Ford 4 bbl cast iron intake manifold code # DOAE-9425-L included.)

*** New high flow Aluminum Radiator. Never overheat with 50% more capacity than stock.

*** New Radiator Hoses with show Chrome Covers.

*** Original factory oil pan

*** New aftermarket chrome radiator cap with built in temperature gauge.

*** Original Stock wiring harness. All factory connections and electrical relays and switches work properly.

*** New MSD Electronic Ignition System

*** New modern Mallory Distributor and high-performance Ignition Coil.

*** New Spark Plugs, Ignition Wires, looms.

*** New distributer Cap

*** All New Fluids.

*** All new Filters.

*** New HD Battery and Hold down.

*** New Chromed Brake Master Cylinder and booster.

*** New Chromed Heavy-Duty Alternator w/ Internal Regulator.

*** New chromed Power Steering Pump, Hoses, and Lines

*** New Ford Motorsports chrome oil breather Cap

*** Stock chromed Dipstick.

*** New Electric Fuel Pump.

*** New High-Volume Water Pump

*** New High-Volume Oil Pump.

*** Ford Motorcraft High Output Starter Motor

*** Original Chromed Pulleys and brackets.

*** Chromed original Valve Covers, new gaskets, and PCV grommet.

*** New Freeze Plugs.

*** Under hood Aftermarket fuel pressure gauge.

*** Restored original hi-low horn.

*** Factory plastic windshield washer fluid canister and lid.

*** New correct replacement windshield washer pump.

*** New Aftermarket radiator overflow canister.


*** Ford C-6 Select Shift Automatic Transmission. Completely rebuilt with performance shift kit, new torque converter, kick down cable, seals, gaskets, fluid, filter.

*** Fully Restored and Very Desirable Console with Select-shift’

***New console bulb and reproduction lamp lens.

***Restored re-chromed and repainted original shifter plate

*** Shift linkage adjusted for smooth shifting through all gears.

Rear Axle

*** Sturdy and reliable factory optional Ford Posi/Traction-Lok rear with 3.25 axle ratio functions properly and painted correct black.

Exterior Body and Paint

Highly documented owner history. Originally sold at Bill Gawne Ford, located at 425 West Main St, Sun Prairie WI. Then early in its life this highly maintained. no accident car was sold to documented owners residing in Arkansas and Florida, were it currently still resides. After over 45 years of well-maintained use, this running survivor underwent a full restoration by documenting and disassembling the entire care and drivetrain. Ensuring every nook was addressed. For originality, all factory parts, wiring harness, welds, clips, switches, and little doo-dads that make it original were retained and restored.

*** Retains all original body panels, including factory quarter panels, doors, and fenders. The only exception is Torino hoods are long and prone to separating where attached at the hinges. So, original hood intentionally replaced with 1970 NOS hood with exhaust vents at rear, for better cooling & more muscular looks. However, retains correct 1971 rear of hood fender moldings professionally show polished. Under hood painted correct semi-black. Factory 1971 Hood scoop with original block off plate. Factory hood hinges and springs.

*** Freshly professionally painted original Ford Factory White with PPG Brand base coat/ clear coat, for outstanding show quality paint. Painstakingly wet sanded. Very uniform panel alignment and body gaps and no orange peel appearance. Looks amazing.

***All new weather-stripping, seals, and gaskets installed on entire car. Including factory quarter and fender end caps with correct NOS body to cap weather stripping for concourse appearance.

*** The complete underside of car, torque boxes, floors, trunk and additional C-section used on all Torino convertibles to box the sub frame rails are rust free with the small sections of front floor and lower rails restored. Undercoated with black POR-15 for superior rust protection, over red oxide primer.

Exterior Trim

Retains all rare and expensive original exterior trim parts. All chrome has been triple plated and factory stainless professionally polished to amazing brilliance. Including front and rear bumpers, inner and outer door handles, knobs, clips, lights, screws, brackets, and window and convertible stainless trim, and etcetera

*** Black Factory Hide-Away Headlights in perfect working order. (NADA adds10% value for this option.)

*** New NOS headlight actuator pump installed with correct factory paint.

*** NOS grill molding surround.

*** All New headlamps.

*** Original exterior lamps and bezels. lenses, with new bulbs in great working and visual condition.

*** Working factory trunk accessory light.

*** Original polished wheel well moldings.

*** OEM amazing condition grill GT center emblem. Not reproduction.

*** Restored original factory tail lamp assembly in great condition.

*** Door sill plates are new exact reproductions with licensed Ford Logos and new chrome screws.

*** Re-chromed factory door handles with New Outside Door Handle Pad Set.

*** Original factory side view mirrors in excellent condition with new pedestal mounting gaskets.

*** New driver/passenger front and rear side window, door, and convertible rubber seals, felts, and caps, and door jamb vents, and seals.

*** All New door locks, trunk and console locks with Ford keys.

*** All New reproduction emblems.

*** New optional black front reproduction spoiler.

*** Factory Rocker panels covers in amazing undented condition reflect the cars easy life. Freshly painted with correct dark grey paint.

*** Original re-chromed and painted center GT logos.

*** Original 6-piece lower trim moldings show quality professionally polished.

*** New black exact reproduction cowl vent screens and screws.

*** Original front and rear license plate brackets.


*** New black top with original clear rear Glass Window.

*** All convertible top motors, pumps, and switches work to raise and lower top properly.

*** Header bar, latches, and all trim re-chromed and polished.

*** (Original white factory boot included in trunk, but not perfect condition.)

Glass and all new weather-stripping

*** All original factory tinted glass w exception of New Front windshield with correct gradient tint.

*** Doors, trunk, and hood shut solidly. No window wobbles with smooth window operation.

*** All new side, front, rear window, door, A-Pillar, trunk, and hood correct reproduction weather stripping.

*** Stock wiper motor and arms function.

*** New windshield wiper blades with factory arms.


*** Restored with original inner quarter panel sealer/coating preserved for authenticity.

*** Very rare and expensive factory NOS Gas Tank with factory greenish primer. (Not cheap reproduction.)

*** New fuel tank sending unit.

*** Ventilated Gas Cap.

*** New gas tank vent hoses.

*** Correct rare working OEM trunk courtesy lamp, wiring, clips, and new bulb.

*** New correct reproduction plaid heavy-gauge vinyl trunk mat.

*** New carboard trunk drop off covers. Prevent mat from sinking into trunk floor corners.

*** New trunk weather stripping.


*** All expensive and hard to find original interior parts including bucket seats, interior door panels and trim, dash components, gauges, controls, rearview mirror, interior lights, seat belts, sun visors, mounts, new rubber nubs and stops, screws, doors locks, and switches and controls.

*** All original Interior chrome pieces professionally show chrome plated and/or polished and look awesome. Including, the door handles, lock knobs, trim, window cranks, convertible header bar, convertible latches, coat hooks, visor arm and mounting brackets and small decorative clips, rear view mirror, and etcetera.

*** New correct thick black loop carpet with correct driver’s side rubber insert.

*** New sound and temperature carpet underlayment.

*** Original white vinyl knitted bucket seat interior replaced with new reproduction black vented & knitted seat material.

*** Original front and rear seat frames with comfortable and supportive springs with new Seat Foam.

*** Fully restored factory Center Console with rare unbroken factory compartment hinge and new reproduction plastic lamp lens and bulb.

*** Factory shifter in great condition and Original re-chromed Shifter plate correctly painted.

*** All functioning factory gauges, dash controls, and A/C vents w Clear bezels and silver gauge surrounds.

*** Original steering wheel restored with NOS horn pad.

*** Functioning glove box with original door.

*** Optional factory Clock

*** New Dash Pad

*** New Ford logo/vintage looking AM/FM radio with stock knobs.

*** Two under dash mounted modern speakers. No non-factory speaker cutouts.

*** New High/low beam dimmer switch.

*** All new lock cylinders with correct matching Ford keys.

*** New door lock knobs.

*** New aftermarket under dash interior lamps and bulbs illuminate cabin well.

*** Three Auto Meter gauges in the lower dash panel are the only exception to all factory interior. These additional temperature, oil pressure, and alternator gauges enhance diagnostic performance, but easily convert to stock using obtainable lower dash panel, with, or without, air condition vents. If aftermarket or stock A/C installation desired.


*** All Suspension and steering components and bushings completely rebuilt to mostly stock condition with some high-performance upgrades.

*** Factory independent coil spring front end completely redone with all new bushings.

*** New thermo-plastic performance sway bar bushings on stock heavy duty factory sway bar.

*** New front High-performance shocks.

*** New stock upper and lower control arms.

*** New stock ball joints.

*** New stock inner and outer tie rods and sleeves and couplers.

*** Factory rear leaf spring suspension with new stock shackle mounts, and new front and rear bushings.

*** New rear High-Performance Air Shocks greatly improve handling and ride height adjustability. In seconds, suspension can be tweaked to hook up, handle like it’s on rails, or comfortable highway drivability.

Power Disc/Drum Brakes

*** Entire stock system completely restored with OEM power front disc brakes and large rear factory drums.

*** New brake lines, hoses, pads, rotors, drums, wheel cylinders, and fluid.

*** New original style brake booster/pump chrome plated.

*** Fully functioning stock emergency brake.

Exhaust System

*** Free flowing Hooker Headers lead into dual exhaust and Flow Master Mufflers for added horsepower.

*** New reproduction style Hooker polished stainless exhaust tips.

Low menacing bum-bum rumble at idle that gets passersby’s heads turning when the throttle is mashed. Not intrusive at cruising speed.

Wheels and Tires

*** Only 1 of 71 cars special ordered with F 60 Wide Oval wheels and 15” Magnum 500 rims. However, car currently wears factory original black 1968-69 Torino GT wheels to nicely capture the era.

*** Trims Rings & Center Caps look amazing, a combination of excellent originals and new reproduction.

*** Center Caps have new reproduction chrome and black GT Emblems.

*** Performance Futura GLS Super Sport RWL radial tires with full tread life, increase wet/dry handling.

Currently registered and insured with clear Florida title. Detailed photos, videos, paperwork, and restoration records available showing provenance. Ready to rumble and enjoy.

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