Choose of the Day: 1969 Ford Mustang SportsRoof


Everybody desires the mannequin with the picture, it appears. Take the 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I for example — it was a brand new mannequin for a well-liked pony automotive that seemed racy and featured modern stripes. Nevertheless, the hardcore of us who needed to go quick and didn’t care about wanting quick might go for one thing like our Choose of the Day, a 1969 Mustang SportsRoof with the 428 Cobra Jet engine. It’s listed on the market on by a dealership in Lithia Springs, Georgia. (Click on the hyperlink to view the itemizing)

The Mustang was redesigned for 1969, following the business development of being longer/decrease/ wider. Although not having the light-on-its-feet look of earlier Mustangs, the brand new beefy pony automotive was well-liked with fans each then and now, typically making the checklist of fans’ favourite Mustang. Actually, the charms from Mustangs of the previous weren’t misplaced with the redesign, however now with the added attraction of a number of new fashions.

Most significantly, the all-new Mach I mannequin was the best automotive on the proper time for Ford, and it bought very, very properly. One purpose for that was due to a regular 351 two-barrel that belied its efficiency seems, although the extra performance-oriented 351 four-barrel bought properly too. The Mustang GT continued to be provided, sharing many of the identical gear that was commonplace on the Mach I, however the GT appeared extra refined and appeared like from a bygone period, though it was just a few years previous. The distinction in manufacturing between the Mach I and GT was over 60,000, so are you able to guess which mannequin was discontinued for 1970?

Ford additionally provided the Boss 302 and Boss 429 fashions, every serving a special homologation objective and having a special picture. And, for the coupe, Ford launched the Mustang Grandé, an opulent pony automotive that closed the hole between the Mustang and its cousin, the Mercury Cougar.

Whereas many people favored (and proceed to love) to seem quick, there have been fans who most well-liked going quick and didn’t care about seems or attracting consideration. These of us would have opted for the common Mustang and ordered it with efficiency gear. Whereas a lot rarer than an equal Mach I, additionally they tended to be quicker as a result of lack of deluxe options and sound-deadener that was a part of the Mach I.

A type of Mustangs, a 1969 SportsRoof outfitted with the 428 Cobra Jet, is what you see right here. The unique proprietor ordered this Acapulco Blue car from the Atlanta district and specified the 428 CJ with ram air (coded R within the VIN), four-speed guide, commonplace bucket seat inside, and non-locking 3.50 gears. Ford constructed 10,130 SportsRoofs in whole with the R-code CJ, with over 9,000 estimated to be Mach Is and GTs, so you possibly can see that almost all of us needed to look the half. “This explicit 1969 Ford Mustang … is powered by a period-correct 428 Cobra Jet V8 engine [with] a date code of 8J25 (November twenty fifth, 1968), including to its authenticity,” says the vendor. “The automotive’s restoration, accomplished in March 2023, has been a labor of affection, primarily undertaken by the consignor. It options aftermarket date-coded glass and seat belts, and a Holley carburetor that’s a period-correct copy from Holley.”

Different options included AM/FM radio, Scott Fuller exhaust system, drum brakes throughout, and in depth documentation together with Marti Report. “The 1969 Ford Mustang R-Code 428 Cobra Jet is a outstanding mix of uncooked energy and basic fashion. Its era-correct restoration and a spotlight to element make it a standout piece for collectors,” provides the vendor. For those who agree, you’ll should pony up $124,995.

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