The ’67 Mustang: Added Power And Size
The Ford Mustang hit the ground running and it was so influential that it spawned a number of vehicles that were designed in an effort to cash in on the success of the “pony car” concept. The Ford Barracuda was one of the competitors, along with the Mercury Cougar and the Pontiac Firebird.
General Motors was also adding the Chevrolet Camaro to the fray in 1967, so Ford was motivated to take steps to improve the Mustang and they chose to make it bigger and more powerful for the 1967 model year.
1967 was the first year that Ford was able to put a big block engine inside the Mustang because of the fact that the body size was increased. There was an optional 320 hp, 390 cubic inch V-8 offered, and this engine certainly provided the pony with some pretty considerable muscle. The models that were equipped with the 390 V8 were capable of top speeds of 115 mph and the recorded zero to 60 time was 7.4 seconds.
There were a total of more than 472,000 1967 Mustangs produced by Ford, with the highest seller by far being the standard coupe; there were 325,853 of those sold. The rarest of 1967 Mustangs is the convertible with bench seats as only 1,209 of those were produced. If you can add one of those to your garage you will be in rare company indeed.
1967 was also notable for the Mustang in that it was the final year that the 289 Hi-Po engine would be offered. This is something to look for if you’re trying to tell the difference between a 1967 and 1968 Mustang.