About the Ford Mustang Grandé
The Grandé derivative of the Mustang was introduced by Ford in 1969 as a luxury variant:
“This was Ford’s answer to the buyer who wanted T-Bird luxury in a smaller, sportier package. Available as a coupe only, it provided as standard equipment the Deluxe Decor Interior, plus simulated woodgrain instrument-panel trim, deluxe three-spoke steering wheel, special door panels, padded interior quarter panels and special cloth-inserted bucket seats. Outside, wire wheel covers, dual mirrors, C-pillar logo, duo-toned paint stripe under the fender line, and a chrome trim molding along the fender well set the Grande apart from other Mustang Coupes.” (Taylor, Don & Wilson, Tom, Mustang Restoration Handbook, HPBooks 1987).
According to Taylor & Wilson, only 22,182 Grandé models were produced in 1969 and 13,581 in 1970.
1970 saw no major changes to the Mustang lineup. Most of the changes were in the way of subtle refinements. The headlights became dual units again instead of the quad units used in 1969, front side marker lamps were moved up onto the fenders, the quarter panel “scoops” were deleted, and the rear taillights were now recessed into their housings. On the inside, high back buckets became standard equipment with the seat back release moved to the lower part of the seat, a new “oval” steering wheel (supposedly to ease entry and exit), and the ignition switch was moved to the steering column which locked the steering wheel when turned to the off position.
“Wild, Wild, Mustang”
Many say Dick Dale invented sixties surf rock. His band, Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, performed the song “Wild, Wild, Mustang”.