The 1958 Fairlane body lines has been freshened up with a similated hood scoop, revised grill and two head light per side configuration, but the biggest changes are mechanical. There is a new three speed automatic transmission added to the options list alongside the basic three speed manual and the two speed automatic. The basic engine offer is now a new generation 292 CID (4.78 L) putting out 205 hp (153 kW) with the two barrel or upgrading to the new 332 CID (5.4 L) will give 240 hp with the base two barrel or the "interceptor" 4 barrel version develops 265 hp. The ultimate power for '58 is an all new 352 CID (5.77 L) "interceptor" V8 producing 300 hp (224 kW)
Vehicle shown 332 CID V8 2 Speed Automatic
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The Mustang 289 and the 390 were not as competitive as Ford would like, by '68 along-side the models biggest rival; Chevrolet Co. and its Camaro. The Ford Motor Company raises the bar a few notches with two new "Boss" V8 power plants-a 429 cobra jet and the 302. The engines are introduced in the middle of the 1968 model year in a successful effort to improve the Mustangs results on the track and its image to prospective owners. The 429 cobra jet would leave the Chevy big blocks in its dust, while the Boss 302 engine option for the Mustang, in 1969/70 meets all the criteria required to compete in the Trans-Am series for those years, as well, it is formidable competition for the Chevy small block series.
Semon (Bunkie) Knudson is the new President of Ford, he was formerly with G.M. and he brought designer Larry Shinoda with him. Larry is the man responsible for the ‘69/70 Mustang which was an undercover project. When asked by fellow employees what he was working on Larry would reply the “boss’s car”. When he referred to his project he would call it the “boss” and this moniker stuck. The 302 is a combination of the Cleveland engine heads and the tunnel port Windsor block. The redesigned body lacks the non-functional rear fender scoops of earlier Mustangs and now features a front spoiler and a wing on the rear deck. Another added touch is the reflective “C” stripe while a blacked-out hood and a black louvered rear window shade are both options.
The 1970 Mustang has some minor revisions with the “hockey stick” stripes on top of the hood, the four headlights are replaced by a two light configuration mounted inside the grill which now has a vent on each side of it. The engine has smaller intake valves topped with chrome valve covers rather than the aluminium ones. Standard fare in the ’70 Mustang is the Hurst shifter, redesigned dual exhaust, riding on a finer tuned competition suspension. Front disk brakes, heavy duty spindles, thicker sway bars, beefed up shock towers are standard on the Boss 302, with the car riding a little closer to the ground for the 1970 model. The 302’s free breathing Cleveland style heads have solid lifters to motivate the large valves. This “G code” engine can be bolted to a four speed transmission which according to Ford specs will deliver 290 hp (216 kW) but this is an under rated figure with modern dyno tests showing up to and in excess of 380 hp (283 kW). The Boss 302 can do 0-60 in 6.9 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.6 seconds achieving 98 mph (158 km/h) in the process. The Ford Mustang with a standard interior carried a suggested sticker price of $3,720.00 with 7,013 units sold in 1970. The deluxe interior could have been optioned which would have upped the above price should it have been chosen. Two fully restored Boss Mustangs sold in 2007 for $530,000 U.S. for the pair however many clones are around which are created from a regular fastback unit.
The option most coveted by collectors of the Mustang is the “drag Pack” and was most often included if you chose the 4.30:1 rear axle gear ratio. This very rare package can be recognized by the vertically mounted oil cooler sitting in front of the radiator when you open the hood.
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Cruising around Adelaide, Australia, possibly on Seaview Road near Henley Beach is a likely spot to see a very pretty, red 1965 Chevy II Nova SS. Say g’day to Alf. If time permits, he may want to show you around his pride and joy.This car sports its original California plates, as first installed, in the dealer frames supplied by Hovey-Dallas Chevrolet. He imported the muscle car in 2008.
Alf has taken great pains to keep the ’65 Chevrolet Nova SS, powered by a 283 with the two-speed PowerGlide transmission, as close to original showroom condition as possible, which includes the still near-perfect interior. The car is complete and even has the original owner’s manual in the glove box with the VIN plate still attached. Alf acquired this gem of a vehicle with its pedigree included. The Nova SS had two very old original owners, and Alf is the third. The car was repainted, thanks to some paint damage by unruly birds while in storage for 15 years. Alf also took the high road by flushing, then recoating the gas tank, and he replaced the complete brake system, as well. The Flowmaster mufflers with dual exhaust, added for a slight increase in power plus a better sound on acceleration, and a new set of mags are the only variations from the car as it rolled off the assembly line. One major change Alf did make was to remove the dealer-installed air conditioning to keep the car as it was from the factory, which he may regret during the summer.
Chevrolet created the Chevy II, introduced for the 1962 model year, in short order with the mandate of “maximum functionalism with thrift,” according to then-Chevrolet general manager Ed Cole. Ford introduced the Falcon in 1960 into the small car market, and it took top prize for sales that year over the revolutionary Chevy Corvair, which was the only car Chevrolet had in this category.
Chevy designer, Clare MacKichen, quipped “no time for experimenting or doodling around with new ideas. We had deadlines to meet. This was possibly the quickest program ever to go from the exec offices to the showrooms,” only 18 months after the idea was first formulated. The Chevy II is a basic compact of conventional design (engine in front with rear-wheel drive) that went from the drawing board to production quickly with the designers and engineers working 24/7 to complete the new project. It reaches the assembly line in August 1961 at Willow Run, Michigan, for its September 29 release into dealerships. The new Chevy II rides on a 110-inch wheelbase, and the Falcon’s wheels are 109.5 inches apart.
The name for the new compact, first-generation Chevrolet was a problem, but finally Chevrolet chose the moniker Chevy II because of the “C” at the beginning of the word to keep in line with other Chevrolet products. One of the names that did make it to the end was “Nova,” which Chevy chose as the name for the luxury version of the Chevy II. In the 1969 model year, Chevrolet dropped the Chevy II badge entirely, and Nova finally became the nameplate and not a luxurious variation of the compact model.
Chevy designers had their eyes on the Falcon. With the ’62 model came the choice of many power combinations and a full range of body styles. Made available from the start were a two-door hard-top, a convertible, and a full choice of sedans and station wagons, as well. There were 23,741 Chevy IIs produced the first year, but the top of the line is the Nova 400 Chevy II, whichwent in ’62 for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2,475.