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Ford Mustang (1969–70)
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Ford Mustang. 1969–70 (prod. 494,334). 2-door coupé, 2-door fastback, 2-door convertible. F/R, 200, 250 in³ (I6 OHV), 302, 351, 390, 428, 429 in³ (V8 OHV). Enlarged Mustang as muscle-car battle heats up, losing its compact origins. Wheelbase unchanged but car longer and wider. Fastback called Sportsroof. Ford attempted to lure buyers from the personal–luxury market of the Pontiac Firebird with the Grande, with Cobra Jet 428 at top of range vying for muscle-car market. Semon ‘Bunkie’ Knudsen, new Ford president, ordered that Mustang had to be the ‘killer street machine’, with Boss 302 and Boss 409 models. Mach I and Boss models became collectible additions. Styling cleaned up for 1970, though sales fell considerably, to 191,363—performance bent, which seemed right for ’69, seemed to suit the new decade less.

Manufacturing locations: Dearborn, Michigan, USA; San Jose, California, USA; Metuchen, New Jersey, USA

Marque: Ford | Model: Ford Mustang | Predecessor: Ford Mustang (1967–8) | Successor: Ford Mustang (1971–3)

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