AJ’s Car of the Day: 1970 Ford Mustang Convertible

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1970 Ford Mustang Convertible

Car: Ford Mustang Convertible

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The 1969 model year saw the Ford Mustang getting a beefier body, it was now longer, wider and heavier. The 1970 Mustang was restyled to be less aggressive-looking, and now had headlights moved inside the grille, with fins adorning each side of the grille. The rear fender air scoops were removed for ’70, and the taillight panel was now flat, rather than the prior year’s concave panel.

What made it famous: For the 1970 model year, the 351W V8 engine options was replaced with a new 351 cu in Cleveland, or 351C V8 in either a 2V or 4V version. The 351C 4V M-Code engine sported 11.0:1 compression and put out 300bhp @5400 rpm. The new performance engine used elements from the Ford 385 series engine and the Boss 302.

Why I would want one: Although admittedly, I do like the 1969 model year’s front grille better, I’d still own a 1970 in a heartbeat.

Fun fact: Ford made special variants of the Mustang in late 1969: 96 “Mustang Twister Specials” in Grabber Orange that were Mach 1’s with special Twister decals for their Kansas dealers, and “Sidewinders” which were built in Dearborn, Michigan, shipped to Omaha, and sold in Iowa and Nebraska.
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