This Super Cobra Jet 428 Ranks High Among Dennis Collins’ Top Barn Finds

A 1969 R-Code Ford Mustang being towed, black, front quarter view

Nestled in the back of a garage is a 1969 R-Code Mustang that’s sat idle for more than 30 years.

Significantly, this is no ordinary R-code vehicle – the 428 cubic-inch V8 is of the Super Cobra Jet variety, meaning its beefed-up crankshaft, rods, pistons, and other components are well-suited for high-rev racing.

This now black but formerly lime gold fastback is well-optioned with power steering, power brakes, and a four-speed gearbox.

Retrieving A Faded Candy Apple Red M-Code Mustang

A 1969 M-Code Ford Mustang Fastback being towed on grass, red, side profile

Collins comes across another 1969 Mustang, but this one is an M-code version – its 351 Cleveland V8 came out of the plant making 290 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque.

M-code Mustangs only appeared from 1969 to 1971, usually in Shelby GT350 and Mach 1 models.

While the car’s Candy Apple Red exterior has seen better days, factory-installed air conditioning, power steering, and power brakes add to the car’s appeal.

A 1965 A-Code Ford Mustang Fastback Completes The Quartet

Rear/Side view of a 1965 A-Code Ford Mustang Fastback, rusty red

Sitting in a separate building like an undiscovered treasure is a three-speed 1965 A-code fastback.

An A-code designation (offered from 1965 to 1967) signifies it has a 289 V8 with a four-barrel carburetor once rated for 225 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque.

Its maroon exterior isn’t perfect, but 30 years of storage has undoubtedly helped to preserve things.

Unfortunately, the decades haven’t been as kind to the parchment interior, which is in need of a do-over

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