What Is the Mustang Sidewinder Special?

What Is the Mustang Sidewinder Special?

Last Updated August 4, 2019

Sidewinder Mustang

The 1970 Mustang Sidewinder Special is a vehicle that remains shrouded in secrecy, in large part because of its scarcity and the fact that Ford offers very little in the way of information regarding its brief and relatively undistinguished history. According to AmCarGuide.com, Ford produced only 40 of these vehicles, and only seven remain in existence today. The vehicle was noted for its distinctive stripe kit that included a snake-on-wheels decal on the rear panel.

The Result of a Special Ford Promotion

The available information indicates the Mustang Sidewinder Special was actually intended to be a promotional vehicle. According to Ponysite.de, dealers could order the Sidewinder using a special manufacturer’s code. Standard Sidewinder features included a 351 4V engine, sportsroof, comp suspension and the Ford automatic transmission known as Cruise-o-Matic. Ford built the vehicles in Dearborn and shipped them to the dealers with the stripe kit packed in the trunk, to be mounted by the dealer’s body men. There were only 40 of these Sidewinder Special's that were slated for production, which is why seeing these in today's world is so rare.

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What Is the Mustang Sidewinder Special?

The Sidewinder Special Edition Mustang was supposed to be a promotional vehicle with only 40 vehicles being produced. These special editions Mustangs featured a 351 4V engine and an automatic transmission known as Cruise-o-Matic.