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1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake

1969 Ford Torino Talladega

1969 Mercury Cougar RX7

1970 Ford Gran Torino

1971 Ford Boss 351 Mustang

1971 Mustang Super Cobra

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1969 Ford "Boss" Mustang

Ford caught the automobile world off-guard when it released the Mustang in April 1964. The competition sprang into action almost immediately. General Motors quickly produced the Chevrolet Camano (first released in September 1966) and Pontiac the Firebird in 1967. Plymouth answer was the Barracuda, which beat the Mustang to market by two weeks, was in reality a Valiant with upbeat trim. Even AMC developed the Javelin and ultimately the AMC AMX. However, by 1965 the nation was overcome by Mustang mania. Ford could not build them fast enough to keep up with the demand. The fastback model was added to the stable in 1965, and the dash/gauge cluster was redesigned to help mask the fact the Mustang was actually a Ford Falcon with a new skin.

Ford crushed its muscle car competition when the GT model, then the Shelby Mustang 350 were introduced. Carroll Shelby had his engineers rework the base 350 ci. in V-8, bringing the horsepower from 271 to 306. The suspension, brakes and exhaust were all retuned, the backseat was removed and a functional induction fiberglass hood was installed. The result was a street-legal, race-ready vehicle that beat its competition in just about every racing division each week. Spawning the phrase: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday was born!

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1969 Ford Mustang

1966 Ford Fairlane GTA

1967 Ford Thunderbird

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