To be auctioned on
Friday, January 22, 2010
375 bhp, 429 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine with Holley four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension via coil springs and upper and lower wishbones, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 108"
Introduced to rave reviews in 1964, the Ford Mustang invented the “ponycar” genre. As the sixties advanced, the advent of the muscle car changed the competitive landscape, as most of these legendary beasts were created by shoehorning a big displacement overhead valve V8 engine into a lighter weight midsize – or ponycar – body shell.
At the same time, the non-competition pact adopted by the Big Three had essentially disintegrated, as increasingly open support was provided to supposedly independent racers. In particular, Ford was facing stiff competition from Chrysler in NASCAR, by then the most popular racing series of