Lot 4158

Auburn Fall 2021

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special

The Favazzo Collection


$82,500 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana



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US Title
  • Offered from the Favazzo Collection
  • 1 of 96 Mach 1 Twister Specials produced
  • Specially ordered and consecutively numbered; made exclusively for Ford Kansas City sales district dealers
  • One of 48 Twister Specials equipped with a 351 Cleveland V-8
  • Original Grabber Orange paint
  • Former Mustang Monthly cover car
  • Highly detailed and original car

With head-turning graphics and a healthy sounding 351 Cleveland engine, this 1970 Mach 1 is one of only 96 Twister Special Mustangs produced. The legendary Twister Special story begins when American Raceways International requested 1970 Mustang convertibles for use as pace cars and limited editions. Ford’s Special Promotions Division was tasked with creating unique side stripes and graphics for the project. But when ARI went bankrupt, Ford offered the package to the Kansas City dealer sales district as a special regional promotion for Mach 1s and Torino Cobras.

Named after the frequent Midwest tornados, the Mach 1 Twister Specials were numbered consecutively. All were delivered in Grabber Orange paint with a black interior, functional Shaker hood scoop, power steering and power front disc brakes. Externally, the Twister Specials were identified by their black midlevel side stripes and “tornado” rear quarter-panel decals. As Mach 1s, the Twister Specials were top-of-the-line Mustang SportsRoofs with grille-mounted fog lights, aluminum lower rocker panels, black honeycomb rear panel, Competition Suspension, 3.50 Traction-Lok differential and the Mach 1 deluxe bucket-seat interior with molded door panels, console, woodgrain trim, and three-spoke Rim Blow steering wheel.

This striking Twister was once owned by Terry Fritz, creator of the Twister Special Registry and has graced the cover of the July 1989 issue of Mustang Monthly. Extremely well detailed, this highly original survivor is believed to still be wearing its original paint and upholstery and presents beautifully.

Rarer than California’s Mustang GT/CS or Colorado’s High Country Special, this Grabber Orange Twister Special presents a rare chance to acquire a highly desirable and sought-after Mustang from the pinnacle of the muscle car era.