1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet
A new trim level for the year, the 1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet lasted just that one model year, but made an impact in the world of muscle cars. Ford made Mercury Cyclones through eight model years, from 1964 to 1971. The 1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet was just one of many trims and option packages to come and go in that time. Others included the GT and the Spoiler II. The Cyclone name merged into the Montego line as an option package by 1971.
For the sixth year of production, the 1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet was a new option. The Spoiler II was also introduced this year and was a special version made for NASCAR. Additionally, Mercury dropped the GT model, but kept it as an option package.
The 1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet was a performance fastback that gave buyers a powerful engine in a very cool package. The sloping back roof was the go-to look of the muscle car era, making fastbacks a popular body style. The 1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet had a wheelbase that was inches longer than some of its competitors. The grille was updated from the previous Cyclone and came in black.
Under the hood, the 1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet could compete with nearly any other car in its class. The standard engine for the model was a huge 428-cubic inch V8 that could generate at least 335-horsepower. For a little bit extra, purchasers good get the Ram-Air induction option. This included a functional hood scoop and hood lock pins. The engine came with a standard four-speed transmission, but a Select-Shift was optional.
The 1969 Cyclone Cobra Jet and its big engine performed extremely well for its time. It could hit 60 miles per hour in just 5.5 seconds and get through a quarter mile in under 14 seconds. Although the Cobra Jet is not as rare as the race-ready Spoiler II, it is still a desirable collectible today.