This is CarGurus’ first Car Blog Showdown. tgriffith and jgoods were each invited to select their favorite 1969 American sports car and tell us 5 reasons for their choice. Each also noted 3 reasons why they disagree with the other’s choice. We plan to run this feature weekly – let’s get our first Showdown started! (And please tell us which is your favorite 1969 American sports car!)
tgriffith’s 5 reasons why the 1969 Mercury Cougar is the best ’69 American sports car:
- The available 428-cubic-inch V8 with 335 horsepower could rocket from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. Booyah!
- The front grill is intimidating, unique, and stronger than other cars of the same year.
- This car could squeal the tires between 2nd and 3rd gears with an automatic transmission.
- 1969 was the last year Cougars were true performance machines; this car is a legacy of American Muscle.
- Mercury infused the Cougars with a touch of class that Mustangs, Camaros, and GTOs didn’t have.
jgoods’ 3 reasons why it isn’t:
- The interior is cheesy.
- The rear styling is bland and boring.
- Do you like Merc-o-Matic transmissions?
jgoods’ 5 reasons why the 1969 Pontiac GTO is the best ’69 American sports car:
- The muscle car that started it all in 1964, the ’69 GTO beats out all its competition with a 400-cid producing 366 hp, later a 400 block Ram Air V that could take you to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
- “The Judge” option with its phony hood scoops is one of the great chick magnets of all time.
- Values (for good ones) keep climbing in the used-car market.
- The GTO has the sleekest styling of all the muscle cars and charisma like no other.
- Arrogance: Pontiac stole Ferrari’s sacred GTO name.
tgriffith’s 3 reasons why it isn’t:
- It’s a money pit – if you buy one, you’d better open a second checking account, because a GTO will drain it faster than it burns through a gallon of gas.
- The original build quality was questionable at best.
- It’s a good-looking car…until you see it from behind. Why buy a muscle car that looks weak in the rear? After all, on the road that’s what people will be seeing.
What’s your favorite 1969 American sports car? Why?