Among classic cars, the 1969 Ford Mustang is a favorite, with a loyal following developing over the years. Since the auto is now 48 years old, you will be hard-pressed to find a model in mint condition. Even so, there are still plenty on the road and for sale from automotive enthusiasts; they just might need a little bit of care. Whether you have a 1969 Mustang or just admire it, there is no doubt that this muscle car has earned its spot in history and its status as an all-around favorite.
What They Said at the Time
When the 1969 Mustang was first released, experts like those at Car and Driver agreed that its styling was nearly perfect. In the original review, experts pointed out the fashionable rear spoiler that was also functional. They also admired the authentic hood scoop that went down to the vehicle’s ribs and had a job to do. The 1969 Mustang grew by 3.8 inches, all of which was in the hood or in front of its front wheels, a change that experts were unsure about.
Other Updates for the Model Year
Compared to previous models in the Mustang’s first generation, the 1969 version also had an increase in width by nearly half an inch and a corresponding increase in weight. This was the first of the models that used quad headlamps that were outside and inside the grille opening. Instead of the former pony on the grille, this Mustang got a pony with tribars.
The New Mach 1 Was a Gem
One of the most popular variations of the 1969 Ford Mustang was the Mach 1, which was new for that model year. It offered an extensive list of power plants and different styling. The gas cap popped open and it had dual exhausts and reflective striping. It also featured a matte-black hood complete with a simulated air scoop and NASCAR-style pin and cable tie-downs. That hood scoop was fully functional, visibly vibrating. You could also get spoilers mounted to the chin and wing. The interior of this trim was deluxe, with materials that we’d even find luxurious today, such as simulated wood trim and additional sound deadening.
Other Noteworthy Models
Among the various other Mustang trims of the year, the Boss 302 stood out, with its hockey-stick stripes and ability to meet the Trans-Am rules. There was also a Boss 429 that used the famous Boss 429 engine. The Grande was also new, giving drivers a truly luxurious option with a hardtop. It had, even more, sound deadening and simulated wood, along with other amenities. The Mustang E got better fuel economy than the competition, and the Mustang GT disappeared.
Each of the Ford Mustang trims had its own engine or set of engine choices, such as a new 4.1-liter Thriftpower I6 for 155 horsepower, 3.3-liter Thriftpower, and familiar V8 engines. Just some of the other available engines included a 4.9-liter Windsor for 220 horsepower, a 6.4-liter FE for 320 horsepower, and a 7-liter Cobra Jet with 335 horsepower. Regardless of the powertrain, the Mustang delivered power and thrills that drivers were sure to enjoy.