69 Mustang For Sale

Published: 21st July 2010
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Ford had beaten all other automakers to the punch when they introduced the Ford Mustang in 1964. The Mustang was an immediate success, and Ford was generating a fortune in a market with so little competition. However, within three years, that all changed. The Mustang was facing stiff competition from the likes of the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird among others.

While the 1969 Mustang was in the design phase, sales of the Ford Mustang had plummeted, and it was clear that the company had lost its muscle car crown, at least temporarily. Therefore, the upcoming Mustang was critical, so Ford focused a great deal of resource toward putting a 1969 Mustang for sale on the market that would once again change the automotive landscape.

The 1969 Mustang for sale to the public had to be what some in the company referred to as a "killer street car". In other words, while Ford may have innovated muscle, they rested on their laurels while GM defined it. Ford now had to get back to what had made the original Mustangs so exciting, and give the 1969 Mustang for sale the muscle and vibe it needed to draw attention away from the Camaro.

Perhaps the 1969 Mustang's greatest aspect is that it managed to be new and exciting visually while still being instantly recognizable as a Mustang. Automotive critics of the time called it "more adult" and "more serious" than the Mustangs referred to as the "late 65s". Even today, it's tough to argue with that assessment. The 1969 is a mean machine, and it looks it. This is a bullet ready to smoke that car you're driving right off the line.

Advancement for the Mustang in 1969 also came in the form of living up to the company vision of "models for specific segments of the market". In doing so, the 1969 Mustang for sale offered the widest choice of models and powertrains not only among Mustangs but also among all muscle cars. Perhaps at the time no one except visionaries within the Ford fully appreciated what that would mean. In retrospect, it is clear that building the Mustang presence throughout the automotive market helped establish it as the de facto sports car of choice in the U.S.

Under the hood, Ford started with the 200- and 250-cubic-inch V6 motors that generate 115 and 155 horsepower, respectively. The base V8 option was a 302-cubic-inch motor that produces 220 horsepower. The big-block 390 hammers out 320, down five horsepower from the version that Ford included in the 1968 model. The top option was once again the Cobra Jet 428 that Ford conservatively rated at 335 horsepower with or without the optional ram-air induction.

There were also four distinct special models of the 1969 Mustang for sale. These included the Mach 1, the Boss 302, the Boss 429, and the Shelby. While the standard models sold best, these models forged the Mustang's iconic status. The Mach 1 fastback boasted a 351 V8 with dual exhausts, and it had the handling suspension to match. Ford designed the Boss 302 as a "killer" fastback called the Trans Am until Pontiac claimed the name. The 302 Boss V8 produced 290 rated horsepower at 4600 rpm, but actual horsepower was a lot closer to 400. The Boss 429 was the costliest non-Shelby to date, but this one never lived up to the hype due to a chassis that couldn't live up to the car's maximum output. Likewise, the Shelby, while winning style points, lost performance points due to weight that limited performance. Modern enthusiasts are able to overcome these limitations though.

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