Owned by five-time MLB All-Star Pitcher Jack Morris, over $400,000 and 6,000 hours to build
1969 Ford Mustang 'SportsRoof' Fastback Coupe
Chassis no. 9F02F103182
The all-new 1969 Mustang once again showed the rest of the muscle car market that it was time to play catch-up again. The 1969 Mustang was more massive than before the days of being a rebodied Falcon were gone - yet it couldn't be confused for anything other than the Mustang. Scalloped outboard headlights and an open-mouth grille continued to be a Mustang trademark but new dual headlights.
The GT package continued as before, being offered on the coupe, fastback (now called "SportsRoof" in Ford-speak), and convertible. The GT Equipment Group included the new 351ci 2bbl. V-8, dual exhausts, meaty tires with GT wheels, upgraded suspension, and more. However, the GT was overshadowed by the brand-new Mach I. Standard equipment was similar to the GT' but the Mach I was only available as a SportsRoof and had different stripes. Both performance cars had the same motor upgrades: 351ci 4bbl., 390, and two versions of the 428ci Cobra Jet, including one with the pioneering "Shaker" hood scoop.
These features contributed to Mustang's continued success, so it stands to reason why the 1969 Mustang is a favorite among collectors. So what would happen if one of the hobby's favorite Mustangs was given the modern treatment? This "Jack Morris Custom" is the answer. You may recognize Jack Morris as the guy who spent 18 seasons as a MLB pitcher, including four for World Series championship teams. Thirteen of those years were in the Motor City, exposing Jack to the automotive culture that only a Detroiter can understand. He spent four years and 6,000 hours working with craftsmen to build a modern iteration of a car that would be true to Detroit's automotive history.
Power comes from a Roush-prepared 625-horsepower small block Ford V-8 punched out to 454ci that runs on premium fuel. Hand-made stainless steel headers and exhaust carry the fumes. A Tremec 6-speed coupled to a nine-inch Ford "Detroit Locker" rear puts the power to the ground, and a Heltz front end with rear four-link coil-overs keep it there. BBS wheels with Michelin 285 x 18 up front and 355 x 19 tires in the rear plus Wilwood six-piston calipers all around complete the package.
The Jack Morris Custom Mustang is finished in PPG Mercedes Silver with black interior. Power steering and brakes, air conditioning, five-point harness, and a full roll cage make the driving experience comfortable and safe. It also has sequential taillights, custom bumpers, and trick license plate.
Jack Morris had a remarkable career, winning 254 games with close to 2500 strikeouts. The 1969 Ford Mustang that he has produced is equally remarkable and reflects the exacting perfectionism that he achieved throughout his baseball career.