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How Ford’s Budget Supercar – the 1969 Cobra – Compared to the Competition

Posted February 08, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Cobra Ford muscle car

Ford’s new-for-1969 response to the budget-muscle Plymouth Road Runner was the Cobra, and it piqued the interest of road testers.

The Blue Oval crew stuffed into the midsized and unitized structure a standard 335-hp FE-series 428 CJ engine; four-speed; competition suspension with coil springs, shocks, and an anti-roll bar up front and multi-leaf springs and staggered shocks in the rear; and 14 x 6 wheels and F70 x 14 tires; and they added hood pins, blacked-out grille, and Cobra callouts. There was also a choice of a Sportsroof (fastback) or a formal-roof hardtop.

A 428 Cobra Jet Ram Air engine was optional (hp rating remained 335), as was a SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, power front disc brakes, Traction-Lok differential for the 9-inch rear with various gear ratios, a tach, bucket seats, and more. A 428 Super Cobra Jet engine featuring durability upgrades could be obtained by ordering 3.91 or 4.30 rear gears, and the Drag Pack name was later applied to that parts grouping in February 1969.

The first Ford to be dubbed Cobra has a interesting history as this segment's littlest brother.

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