1969 Ford LTD 2 Door Hardtop

Ford updated its full-size cars for 1969, stretching the wheelbase a few inches and adding an all-new nose. Production of this generation of large Fords continued until 1978, with over half a million units sold in 1969 alone. These cars therefore became everywhere on American roads well into the 1990s. Here’s one of the sportiest models you can buy in the first year, found in a used car graveyard in Colorado last month.

To this day, the 1969-1978 Ford full-size is one of Detroit’s most common pre-1980 vehicles that you’ll find in large self-service yards (especially those in less rusty parts of the continent). ).

In 1969, the entry-level full-size Ford was the modest Custom series, with the Custom 500 being a slightly more luxurious variant. Above you had the Galaxy and Galaxy 500/XL, and then the LTD towered over everything else from its perch at the top of Ford’s great pyramid.

Then there were all the siblings with the Mercury brand (Montereys and Marquesses). America’s most iconic station wagons of the 1970s also belonged to this family, with countless Ranch Wagons, Country Squires, Country Sedans and Colony Parks from 1969-1978 hauling families down the highways.

The door plate tells us that this car was built on February 7, 1969 at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota, just across the Mississippi from where I lived at the time. The #1 song in America that day was the amazing tune by Tommy James and the Shondells, Violet and clover. The exterior paint is Lime Metallic and the interior trim is Gold. The district sales office is, of course, Denver; we can assume this car has spent most or all of its life in the Centennial State.

While the Custom and Galaxie had 240 cu in (3.9 liter) straight-sixes as base engines (hardly any non-fleet buyers got these engines in real life), every 1969 LTD ever sold had V8 power as standard equipment. These engines ranged from a Windsor small-block 302 (5.0-liter) to a big-block 429 (7.0-liter); this car started life as a small block 351 Windsor two-barrel 250 horsepower, and it still looks like it.

Soon after, Ford made two more (unrelated) V8 engines also called 351s, which still cause a lot of problems for parts buyers and sellers.

Along with large LTD badging on all sorts of surfaces, inside and out, the 1969 LTD got these pop-up headlights. They looked cool but still caused reliability headaches later.

The interior is typical 1960s Detroit cheap luxury vinyl and plastic, and would have provided plenty of comfort for the price.

What has been this price? The MSRP for a 1969 LTD 2-door hardtop was $3,264 (about $27,165 in inflation-adjusted 2022 dollars), and this car has many options that would have increased the amount a bit more. Gate. The cheapest possible 1969 Ford Custom Six Series was the two-door sedan with the 240 engine and three-shaft manual transmission at $2,632 ($21,905 now).

Believe it or not, a three on the “Synchro-Smooth” wood was standard equipment on the ’69 LTD, and let us know if you see one equipped. This car is of course equipped with the three-speed automatic transmission “SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic”.

You paid extra for air conditioning in the 1969 LTD; if you wanted these things at no extra cost back then, you had to choose a more prestigious brand.

There is no serious rust, but the bare interior and damaged sheet metal meant that this car really wasn’t a rational choice for a serious restoration project. A Mustang or a Torino fastback, sure, but not a small-block LTD coupe.

Finding unwanted cars in Denver will be difficult does not have stickers of some cannabis-related companies on the dashboard these days. sometimes I find them on steering wheels and even windshields.

If we were to tell you that this 1969 luxury car cost over five thousand dollars, you’d probably believe it.

The Galaxy 500 came with some great stuff that year, but it was no LTD.

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