I One - Boss 302 - 428 - 429 - Coba Jet
The 1965 Mustang was introduced at the Worlds fair in Flushing Meadow, Queens NYC in April 1964 . Ford purchased advertising time on all three major networks for an advertiseing blitz that began three days later. From an engineering perspective the car was not revolutionary; the engine, and drivetrain were based on the Ford Falcon chassis from the previous year . The car distinguished itself in design. The sculpted side panels, long hood and short rear deck gave the car a fast, crisp look that distinguished it from may thing the Big Three automakers had presented before. The car could be outfitted to suit with a wide choice of engines and options, allowing excited buyers to mull over their choices. 1965 Mustang set a record for first year sales
The 1969 Mustang was significantly restyled . The car was lower and had more aggressive lines. In the coupe the standard model was offered along with the Grande. The Grande was the most sedate of the three, and incorporated many creature comforts such as padded interior quarter trim and cloth insert seats. Standard features on the exterior of the car include wire wheel covers and dual mirrors with aerodynamic outer shell. 55 Pounds of extra sound insulation helped give the car a quiet comfortable ride.
The makeover was particularly radical on the 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback , called the Sportsroof . All the high performance Mustangs were had the fastback style. The lineup included the Mustang Mach I and Boss 302. Mach I is a reference to the the speed attained by fighter jets when they fly faster than the speed of sound.. The car came equipped with a choice of five high performance V8 engines; they included Windsor (or Cleveland in 1970) version of the 351 . The Cleveland version had larger ports , higher compression and put out more horsepower.
At the top of the line were the Boss 302 and 429 models.. The 302 used a strengthened version of the production block with forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods. This was done to handle the increased power produced by the oversize intake and exhaust valves, and the 780 CFM cubic feet per minute Holley carburetor.
The Boss 429 was the race model for 1969 . It was made to satisfy a NASCAR rule that 500 units of a car had to be made available to the pubic in order to be race legal. The car enhanced Fords performance reputation. The engine was a big block hemi. Ford sent 1969 Mustang bodies to Kar Kraft where they moved the shock towers to widen the engine bay to accommodate the monster big block engine. The car and its 428 Cobra jet cousin are highly collectible 1969 and 1970 Mustangs.
1971 to 1979 Mustang
1970 Similar to '69 cars, 4 headlight arrangement updated to two headlights
1971 Body restyled, longer and wide stance, larger engine compartment accommodate the race breed 429 engine. Other engines available include 250 CI six cylinder, 302, 351 Cleveland . Look for Mach 1's , Boss 351, and 429 cars.
1972 429 engine dropped. For most of the line the engines were set up for low emissions and sacrificed horse power, low compression , used regular fuel. During this time the major auto makers were scrambling to meet government regulations, and added smog pumps, changed ignition timing etc. These patchwork solutions to the smog problem marked the end of the performance car era. It would be a long time until computer controlled, fuel injected cars delivered performance with fuel economy and acceptable emissions
1973    Last year for "First Generation" Mustangs
1974 Mustang II introduced. Major restyle, The car is marketed as a compact with a 4 cylinder 2.3 liter engine standard, also offered with a 2.8 liter V6
1975 302 V8 Cobra engine offered
1979 Third Generation Mustang major restyle
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