There Was A Time...
For 1967, the Mustang was widened by 2.7 inch to accommodate the big blocks. Although the 390 @ 325 hp engine was a step-up from the small block 289, they still didn’t have the “get-up and go” to out run the big block competition on the drag strip. That changed in April of 1968. After countless efforts by car dealer and major “gear head” Bob Tasca of Tasca Ford in Providence Rhode Island, Ford Motor Company finally introduced the 393$ Cobra Jet option in the Mustang, which included a signature black strip on the hood. The first eight were white, lightweight fastbacks, built to meet the NHRA’s (National Hot Rod Association) production minimum. The new 428 Cobra Jet featured competition-brewed 427 heads, a 735 cfm Holley 4 barrel carburetor and ram-air induction. April 1968, Hot Rod Magazine tested a stock 428 CJ Mustang GT, they ran a 13.56 second E/T at 107 mph, quoting: “the fastest regular production sedan ever built”. Factory backed 428 CJ ‘Stangs dominated their class at the ’68 NHRA Winternationals. CJ vs CJ final round went Al Joniec hitting the traps in 11.49 seconds at 120.6 mph.
Robert J. Cuillerier
Voitures Classiques de l’Outaouais