Having just looked at an example of a now-rare Ford coupe, let’s take a look at another less-common coupe from the same manufacturer. Eighteen years makes enough of a difference that if you looked up “complete opposite of the Ford EXP” in the dictionary, you’d probably find a picture of a Ford LTD XL. Funny enough, the LTD XL coupe was never that much of a success either, in spite of its interesting styling, which showed that Ferrari is not the only F-brand that could make cars with a flying-buttress roof. Let’s take a closer look at this 1970 Ford LTD XL for sale for $3500 in Battle Ground, WA.
The seller did a good job with the basic shots, showing the four essential views of the car (front 3/4, rear 3/4, engine, interior). White works well on this car, especially with the black vinyl top and Rostyle-looking hub caps. It’s certainly far from perfect, but the overall impression is that of a straight, complete car without too much rust. Apparently, it was the seller’s daily driver for a while, and has no bondo and very mild rust, which is good since these are known to be rust-prone.
This shot does show some weathering, particularly of the sportsroof’s vinyl and the paint. The rear window setup mimics what was seen on some period Mustangs – were the components shared? With the vinyl roof’s issues, you can expect some rust underneath, so plan to peel the old thing off, treat the rust underneath, and then put it back together with some new material.
The LTD XL was a true large muscle car. This car is said to have been equipped with the 429 Thunderjet from the factory, good for a monstrous (likely gross) 360hp and 480 lb.-ft. of torque. With a car of this size, that power is necessary, and probably doesn’t produce stunning acceleration, though once it gets going it likely feels unstoppable. With only 126,000 miles, this engine should be good for a while yet, and the automatic transmission and powersteering mean using the power should be effortless, at least in dry conditions!
The cockpit-styled interior is cool, and now we know where Alfa Romeo got the idea for the handbrake on the Milano/75. Bucket seats are probably squishy, but in good shape and original-style material. The only visible downside is the large crack in the center of the dash. How quickly could you drain the gas tank driving one of these? Looks like it would be fun finding out.