Muscle Cars. Gotta love ’em… and if you were fortunate enough to have been old enough to purchase a 2nd-hand musclecar in the 80’s for a relatively modest sum, then you will undoubtedly be one of those people that have a story (or two) to tell of their commanding power, presence, sound and somewhat terrifying handling traits.
Even during the late-80’s though, values of big-horsepower Mustang models from the musclecar-era were held in-check for the more well-to-do and pretty much maintained their rare and collectable status. Myself, I was able to sample (and own) a few Pontiacs and Mopars that had dipped into the areas of affordability throughout my spritely youth but the hypo-Mustangs always remained out of reach.
The 1969 Mustang Mach 1 (only available in a Fastback body) that came fitted with the monstrous 428 Cobra Jet engine delivered 335 bhp and was optioned with variously assorted suspension and visual add-ons to identify your Mustang above lesser-spec’d models. 1969 was also a bit of a highpoint for the Mustang as no fewer than 7 different factory high-performance models were available to the buying public (Shelby GT350 and GT500, Boss 302 and Boss 429 and the Mach 1 derivatives encompassing 4 different engine alternatives).
All told, there were nine different variations of V8 that you could choose from for your 1969 Mustang… Oh, to have had a license when petrol was a meager 35 cents per gallon…