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1964 - 1966
1967 - 1968
1971 - 1973
Early Mustang performance comparison


The 1969 Mustang

the 69 Mustang Mach 1

1969 was one of the most productive years for good performance Mustangs. This was the year of the mighty Boss 302  ( 290 hp & 290 lb-ft), Boss 429 (375 hp & 450 lb-ft) and the 428 Super Cobra Jet Mach 1  (335 hp & 440 torque).
By this year the rivalry between Mustang and Camaros was well defined, If you liked Fords Mustang was your car, if you liked Chevs than Camaro was your car (if u didn't mind being second - just joking, there was some fast Camaros too).
Ford was second in Trans. Am racing in '69 in a classic close race, only to reclaim it the
following year.
The famous Mickey Thompson took three 69's to the Bonneville salt flats and broke 295 Us & international speed records.
The 1969 Ford Mustang changed a lot this year. it became bigger, heavier but it gained lot's of performance options. As it increased in height it increased in horsepower.
The most improved mustang quality for '69 was it's handling. It wasn't bad to start with, but with time passing, engines becoming bigger, the usual was for cars to became nose heavy, not a very good handling quality. The designers and engineers did a wonderful job in the 69,even by today's standards.

1969 Mustang style well we already said it was bigger, wider, a bit lower. It looked more aerodynamic than it's pre-decessor. The famous side scoop was removed and replaced by a simple reversed air extractor - (fake).  The famous running horse in the grill was replaced by a much smaller three stripes and running horse emblem, offset to the right of the grill. The main head lights now four, two placed inside the grill area. The interior was more rounded off, with two different "cockpit" for driver and passenger. High back seats were standard in the Mach 1's
Ford was slowly taking charge of the Shelby, while Carrol Shelby was busy racing.
Shelby Mustangs were a lot different than their stable mates, their front end treatment as not as pointy as current Mustangs, the grille now encompasses the whole front end. To make it different it only had two headlights, as opposed to four in the Mustang. It had all the scoops and air extractors that were missing in the "normal" 69 Mustang, on the hood alone it had three scoops and two air extractors, two more per side, one in the front fender and the other just behind the door handle (like the 68).
Other performance specials were the Mach 1, the Boss 302, Boss 429. Some Mustang aficionados call '69 on of the Best year for Mustang performance. Looking at the engine options I tend to agree.
The 1969 Mustang performance

ENGINE CODE HORSE POWER
200
T
120 HP
250
L
130 HP
302 2V
F
225 HP
302 4V Boss
G
290 HP
351 2V
H
250 HP
351 4V
M
290 HP
390 4V
S
325 HP
428 4V CJ
Q
335 HP *  - *2
428 4V CJ-Ram air
R
335 HP * - *2
429 4V Boss
Z
375 HP *
 * Performance figures are underestimated
* 2 Even though rate the same engines were different.

The 1970 Mustang

The 70 Boss 302

Ford continued with the  70 Mustang "renewed" the previous year with not many changes. The old saying still applied don't try to fix a good thing if it's not broken! (I said that before I think!)
The most noticeable change was the front end treatment. In 69 the Mustang gained a extra pair of headlights inside the grill area, in 1970 the Mustang lost the pair of lights on the outside of the grill area (now a bit bigger) - replaced by a twin air intake. The running horse emblems now was centered in the grill.
 Other important changes in styling were; the fake reversed side scoops were deleted, a side marker was incorporated into the front fender, the rear end was revised by recessing the rear lights. The interior gained the Mach 1 seat as standard equipment, automatic seat back release, new passengers belts. This year was a first for semi oval tires, locks for the steering wheel, transmission and ignition.
A new 351 engine was also available using a canted valve system ala 429.
The Shelby Mustang didn't change very much from it predecessor, Carrol Shelby and Ford weren't working together anymore. This was to be the last year for the Shelby Mustang, Cobras were to return, but the Shelby Mustang legacy was to end in 1970 - Thank you Carrol for the great six years!
1970 a new decade for the Mustang was a successful year.
Trans. Am racing was to change but Ford was to triumph in one of the most talked about racing seasons.
This year was also a year of change for the auto industry. New regulations, insurance cost, gasoline cost and over all change in attitude towards powerful cars were taking an effect on sales.
Ford as well as other manufactures knew that. Change was to came!

The 1970 Mustang performance

 
Engine
CODE
HORSEPOWER
200 CI
T
120 HP
250 CI
L
130 HP
302 CI
F
225 HP 
302 CI 4V
G
290 HP
351 CI 2V *
H
250 HP 
351 CI 4V
M
290 HP
428 CI 4V
Q
335 HP
428 CI 4V CJ Ram air
R
335 HP
429 CI 4V Boss
Z
375 HP
* Booth Windsor and Cleveland

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