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Rare Classic Car Found in Coolidge, AZ

In Dec. 1969, over 47 years ago, Sears Roebuck held a promotion to help generate customer traffic to their stores over the Christmas shopping season. Separate drawings were held in 12 different locations across the state of Arizona. The 1st place prize for each drawing was a 1970 Ford Torino GT.

Sears ordered twelve identical Bright Yellow Torino GTs from Ford with 351 Cleveland high performance 4 V engines, Close ratio 4 speed transmissions with Hurst Shifter, black vinyl interior with bucket seats, A/C, power front disc brakes, heavy duty suspension and factory tachometer among other options. They were all manufactured in the Ford plant in San Jose, California.

Ruth (Spain) Hill, a resident of Coolidge, was one of the original recipients. She was living in Yuma, when she won the Torino. Ruth still owns the car and says that it runs great, is original and unrestored. Ruth said she and her husband Charles, who has since passed away, drove the Torino for years as their primary family car. It is now driven occasionally for short trips and to car shows. It has never been in an accident and being an Arizona car has never acquired rust. 

Ruth wants to know if anyone else remembers the Sears drawings or knows of anyone who may have also been a winner of one of the other 11 Torinos. “It would be great to have a reunion of any of the original owners or current owners.  I'd love to see the cars, if they still exist, or just hear their stories", said Ruth. "That would be fun. Or who knows, I might have the only one left? That would make it about as rare as you can get, having 'the lone survivor'."

If you think you might have information about the drawing, the cars or someone who may have owned one of the Torinos, contact Ruth at 480-540-8084. She would love to hear from you.

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