429 Powered Racer: 1969 Mustang Grande

While this ’69 Mustang Grande looks rather interesting, it’s packing a 429 V8 with dual quads, but I’m more curious about what else is hiding in the barn behind it! It looks like the kind of barn I’d like to rummage through. As for the Mustang, it clearly has seen use as a drag car, with a worked over 429, NOS and at one point had a full roll cage installed. The engine is said to run and the car goes into gear, but it’s going to need work to be a driver. You can find it, and more photos of the barn, here on eBay in Cameron, Wisconsin with an opening bid of $6k.

Given the condition, the starting bid seems rather hopeful to me. If it were a factory built 428 Cobra Jet car, it would be a different story, but this V8 came out of a Thunderbird. With all of the performance bits mounted to it, I’m sure it’s a powerhouse of an engine and is capable of moving this Mustang quite well. That doesn’t necessarily increase the value though, at least not more than having the factory original engine would.

This Grande is going to need a lot of work inside and out. The paint has been sanded off, there is rust in floor and rockers, and most of the interior is missing. If it still had the roll cage and you were looking to go racing, you could get away with just replacing or restoring the bare essentials, but if you want to have a comfortable street car you will need to find a complete interior for it.

For the right kind of money, I’d love to have this Mustang, but I would struggle to pay $6k for a Grande. The 429 makes it more interesting for sure, but I’d be nervous to buy an old drag car without knowing more about the engine’s condition or history. It would definitely be worth a closer look though, if for no other reason than to see what else is in that barn!


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  1. Billy

    There used to be a real nice restoration shop in Cameron, Wisconsin…wonder if it is still there?

  2. Tom Guggino

    I like this as a foundation for a race car. A full rebuild of the engine will cost at least $7k.Tranny $2k. Rear is about $1k. Roll cage $1k. Tires $1k. Interior $2k.
    Other stuff $3k.
    Total =$17k.
    Depending on condition of engin, cost of car should be about $3k. Otherwise, get a different platform.

  3. Dan

    Hey Fido, what condition is this car?

  4. Jack

    Looks like a C5 Vette and a Cadillac hiding in the barn

  5. stillrunners lawrence Member

    Ok….I’m scared…..

  6. mark

    buy it leave it beat it race it.

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