1969 Ford Mustang
1969 was an impressive and important year for the Ford Mustang - and a memorable year for the pony car overall. The Mach 1, Boss 302, and Boss 429 Mustangs came onto the scene to join the Shelby GTO350 and GT500. The Boss Mustangs were intended for road racing and NASCAR racing respectively. The competition from Chevrolet, Dodge, Oldsmobile, and others was not backing off, so Ford set its sights on a powerful line of Mustangs. The first improvement made under this pressure? An overall expansion. The standard 1969 Mustang was expanded by 4 inches in length and half an inch in width - bigger and more powerful was the answer for the 1969 pony car.
Other than the increase in size, the other big change for this year overall was the introduction of so many new options for the Mustang. They were customizable to a huge extent, and there was a Mustang for everyone from NASCAR racers to the everyday working man. There were ten different choices for engines alone in this year. The Fastback option was replaced with the “SportsRoof” Mustang, also known as a Mach 1. This, among other new choices, led to the demise of the GT Mustang which would be removed from the lineup by the next model year.