1969 Ford XL SportsRoof: Extra Dirt And Parts

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This 1969 Ford XL SportsRoof was about as fancy as a Ford could get back then. I had the “pleasure” of driving a brand new one into a ditch on purpose once. I was working at a gas station in Yellowstone and it had terrible fuel tank venting. We were lectured about the danger and the importance of not smoking anywhere near the pumps. When a guy pulled in in one of these saying his car wouldn’t turn off and smoke was pouring out from under the dash so thick you could hardly see the flames, the ditch across the highway seemed like a lot better idea than the little fire extinguisher we had. I stepped out as soon as that Ford was pointed away from the gas station. Fortunately, the trunk popped open on impact so I was able to toss the nice folks suitcases out. As for collision damage, it was hard to tell. There wasn’t much left when it burned itself out. I didn’t see how Hertz could complain.


This XL is a long way from that pretty yellow rent-a-car. The owner doesn’t say anything about the state of the interior, engine or any of the mechanicals and the pictures are of mostly extra parts. He does say the car is bondo free and 95% rust free (I hope that doesn’t mean it’s 5% rust by weight!). Mostly, what he does say is he has a lot of extra parts that include not only trim, glass and 3 sets of hub caps, but almost enough parts to build another car. These include front fenders and quarter panels, bumpers, an extra transmission and much more. These fastbacks were only built for 2 years, so the quarter panels must be pretty hard to find. At $3,800 this could be a good deal, but you’d need a lot more information and a good hard look. It’s in Charleston Ill and listed here on craigslist. Thanks to Robert R for this interesting find! Do you think it’s worth a look?


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  1. don

    probably worth saving, but i would say since the hood is off, it had/has engine problems or was getting for an engine rebuild. good price.


    Other than the interesting story, this post was a waste of time. There has bound to be SOMETHING out there that is more interesting than this!

    • dj

      I’ve sent in several links to interesting cars. Such as this one yesterday. 1962 Jaguar XKE with fresh dirt on it. But none of them ever get posted. That was the last one I will ever send in.

  3. Ed P

    These were classy cars in their day. I think it deserves saving.

  4. MikeW

    To bad the seller doesn’t say what engine it has, the 429 ci would be nice.

  5. randy

    I love these posts and emails, that is one car that I’d desire. Keep up the good work!

  6. james burton

    i had one of these. mine was a 429 4spd.sp, ord. one owner, except mine didn;t have vin. top. mine was even the same color. man what a cruzer 100 mph was nothing for this ride. i was going home one nite in a snow storm and i wrecked it. hit a lite pole right in the door post. right were you couldn.t fix it. this was in 83. the first one i’ve seen since mine and i’ve been looking. look up one of these on google and you’ll have zero luck so don’t badmouth it. this is a rare breed and mine was probbly a one of one car. i gave $250. for it

  7. Karl

    Judge not others’ taste in cars, and ye shall not be judged.

  8. warren

    Think it is a Y code 390 2V….

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