Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cars in the Park, Ford Muscle Cars, July 2, 2011

DSC_0220p
1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. It is candy apple red--I asked the owner. There's a sign in the grill that says 427 Stroker.

DSC_0225
He told me that when the sun hits it just right, it sort of glows. I think it looks pretty good here in the shade.

DSC_0358
A couple of hours later, more sunshine, and it does seem to glow.

DSC_0240p
1969 Ford Mustang

DSC_0243
The same 1969 Ford Mustang, different perspective.

DSC_0308p
Now for something out of the ordinary, at least to me.

DSC_0306
Here's the recreated 1964 Thunderbolt, about which the Wikipedia says that a stock one (with the 427 cu. in. engine) could run a quarter mile at a drag strip in 11.76 seconds (122.7 mph).

DSC_0309
The 427 Thunderbolt engine came with special exhausts which were not street legal, technically, so that the car made too much noise for the street, had massive traction bars, asymmetrical rear springs, and a trunk-mounted 95-pound bus battery that added traction. The car had Plexiglass windows to save weight and its base price was $3,780. Only 111 of the lightweight car that utilized a Ford Fairlane body were built.

DSC_0311

DSC_0313

DSC_0314p
It sort of looks like a family car from the back, doesn't it?

DSC_0351
1967 Ford Shelby GT500, listed in the Wikipedia article as a pony car muscle model. The facts on this particular car--color, dark moss green; engine 428 cu. in. Police Interceptor; 355 hp with dual Holly 4 barrel; C-6 Tranny with 3.25:1 no slip diff.; power steering; power disc brakes; roll bar; shoulder harnesses; deluxe Shelby wheels; manufactured by Shelby American, Inc. on Feb. 22, 1967, # 0561 of 2,050 GT 500's produced.

DSC_0383p

DSC_0353
Wonder if the owners are Oregon Duck fans?

DSC_0390p
1964 Ford AC Cobra--I couldn't find this particular car in the Wikipedia article, but I imagine anyone would think the word Cobra denotes muscle when it comes to cars.

DSC_0391

DSC_0394

DSC_0400p

DSC_0440
1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1, listed in the article as a pony car muscle model.

DSC_0438

DSC_0437

2 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Oooooh, how fun! I still have a 1968 Mustang that I bought new. ;) There have been plenty more in the meantime.

*Honest Abe said...

We had a 1964 Ford like your color but it wasn't a thunderbolt.

Nice photos.