- Written by webmin
One of the most subtle set of images we ran across in the Facebook photo collection posted by the sons of Fran Hernandez in recent months depicted a pair of Ford Mustangs, circa 1970, one painted Grabber Blue, the other painted Candyapple Red, both with white interiors. No engine shots, but from the Shelby-ish front sheetmetal and the square-shouldered Goodyear Polyglas tires, you could tell there was some sort of performance angle to them. Besides, if Fran Hernandez was involved with them enough to get these shots, you knew they were no run-of-the-mill ponycars.
As it turns out, these were the two so-called “quarter horses,” or as Ford executives called it, the Composite Mustang. Both terms were apt: Ford had Kar Kraft start with a pair of Boss 429 Mustangs, add Mercury Cougar dashboards, fit 1969 Shelby G.T.500 front sheetmetal, close off the hoodscoops and mount a regular Mustang galloping horse to the center of the grille. Ostensibly built as a potential mid-year 1970 replacement for both the Boss 429 and the proliferation of Shelby Mustangs (Carroll Shelby asked Ford to discontinue the Shelby Mustang program after 1969, and contemporary critics were bashing Ford’s teeth in for having so many performance models), the program never got off the ground. The Shelby G.T.500 sold so poorly in 1969 that the leftover models were re-titled as 1970s, thus destroying any justification for the Composite Mustang’s production.
At least one of the two, possibly both, were subsequently fitted with 429 Super Cobra Jet V-8s. Both remain in the hands of collectors.