Factory Ford Sleeper
Juducious use of the order form created this Cobra Jet-powered 1969 Fairlane 500.
In 1969, most manufacturers reserved their top engines for performance models. Not Ford. Want a 428 Cobra Jet Torino 4-door sedan? Ford would build it with a minimum of fuss (and, yes, one was built with the Q-code 428). So when something like this 1969 Fairlane 500 2-door hardtop pops up, my ears perk up.
Ford introduced the 428 Cobra Jet in April 1968. Not many CJ Fairlanes/Torinos were built before the 1969 model year, with the Torino GT fastback being most popular (661 built). When 1969 came up, Ford introduced a new Fairlane-based performance model called Cobra, available as both SportsRoof fastback and hardtop body styles. A standard 428 CJ and few frills marked Ford's entry to compete with the successful Plymouth Road Runner.
A decent number of Cobras were built (14,885), but the people who truly wanted to be sneaky ordered a Fairlane or Fairlane 500 to slip under the radar. Both the Q-code (without ram air) or R-code (with ram air) were available, but the hood scoop for the latter could easily give the secret away.
According to Marti Auto Works, only 15 Fairlane 500 2-door hardtops were built with the Q-code Cobra Jet and a 4-speed. Additionally, 21 of these cars were equipped with the Drag Pack, with this Presidential Blue example receiving 3.91 gears with Traction-Lok. Other options include F70 x 14 white letter tires, body side molding, AM radio, and Competition Suspension. Big thanks to Tom for the pics and Dave for permission.