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From Fastback to Boss 1967 – 1969 Ford Mustang

1967 Mustang and the 1967 Mustang Fastback

In 1967, the Mustang was introduced to a new concept: competition. Chevrolet had the Camaro, Pontiac had the Firebird, and even Plymouth had revamped the Barracuda so that it fit more with what we now call “muscle cars.” Ford responded with a Mustang that was slightly larger although the chassis was still pretty much the same. While the wheelbase remained at 108 inches, but the total length was upped two inches.

From Fastback to Boss 1967 – 1969 Ford Mustang. They also exaggerated the styling features, making the grille opening larger, the tail became larger and were made concave, the side scallops were made deeper and other stylings made the ‘67 model sportier and a worthy opponent against its peers.

Overall, the ‘67 Mustang was a better car. It was more stable, the instruments were easier to read, and the seats were more comfortable.

Even though the Mustang was not the official pace car of the 1967 Indianapolis 500 race, Ford still came out with an Indy Pacesetter Special. There were also the Gran Turismo and Shelby specials to feed a growing hunger for the Mustang.

In 1968 Ford Introduced Us to the Monster 1968 Mustang Cobra Jet

The 1968 Mustang experienced a performance facelift. Ford replaced the 225hp V-8 with a 302 cubic inch engine that was rated at 230hp. The 390 cubic inch motor was boosted to 325hp to take over the ‘67 model that was 320hp.

There was very little that was changed in the Mustang body. The long hood and short rear deck did not change. However, some safety features were incorporated per government regulations. Special editions highly complex options packages were offered to buyers.

The Mustang Cobra Jet

The Mustang took a significant performance turn in April 1968. The 1968 Mustang offered a powerful 428 cubic inch engine, which packed a 335hp punch and was introduced in the Mustang Cobra Jet. It was the Cobra that eventually overtook the Shelby in popularity. This is what started the Shelby’s decline after 1968.

In 1968, a Federal mandate caused the Mustang to get side marker lights. That, with the revised grille, are what distinguished the ‘68 from the ‘67. Buyers of the 1968 Mustang convertible were offered the option of a power top and folding glass window.

Nevertheless, it was the big, glamorous engines like the 427 and 428 cubic inch that set the 68 Mustang apart from the rest and solidified its devout fan base. Replacing the small V8s, these were versions of the “big block” V8. It was the beginning of the big engines with which with the Mustang would soon come to be associated.

1969 Boss Mustang vs. 1969 Mustang Mach 1

The 1969 Mustang entered to market as the third generation of Mustangs and celebrated with a larger body that featured four headlights and a grille on the sharper nose that was simpler, dispensing of the famous running horse. The fastback model featured nonfunctional scoops that sat high on the rear fenders. The one real throwback that reached all the way to the first generation of Mustangs was the front suspension that was borrowed from the Falcon. Ford still kept the solid rear axle situated on the leaf springs.

While the base power still came from the straight six 200 cubic inch engine, the power options were impressive. The Cobra Jet still sported the 335 horsepower, but the Super Cobra Jet sprang onto the landscape with a massive 360.

Ford also introduced the “Grande” model for Mustang enthusiasts who wanted more luxury than sport. To cater to those who wanted more of a performance image, Ford also answered that call with a Mach 1, which was a version of the 2+2 fastback. The only engines available with the Mach 1 were the 351, 390 and 428 engines.

The Boss 302 and the Boss 439 were both created by Ford to compete on the track. The Boss 302 was designed to go against the Camaro Z28 in the SCCA Trans Am road racing series while the Boss 439 featured a 429 cubic inch hemi-headed V8 enabling it a competitive edge in the NASCAR stock car competition.




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