1969 Murena 429 GT
Called the “fastest wagon in the world” the Murena used American underpinnings and a unique wagon body from Intermeccanica of Italy. The Murena was built as sports wagon with luxury appointments, yet had the power of an American V8.
The concept was dreamed up by Jospeh Vos, the president of Murena Motors. He had Intermeccanica built the first prototype which was displayed at the 1969 New York Motor Show.
Inside was an executive affair with four bucket seats. An ample stereo, air conditioning and automatic rumble window, which separated the rear from the passenger space, made the car certainly habitable.
Seating four people comfortably, the Murena weighed in at 3770 lbs which was 1000 less than the Thunderbird. This was paramount, since the Murena used the Thunderbird’s V8 engine and 3-speed automatic transmission. In 1970, Road & Track was able to reach 60mph in just 7.5 seconds and the ¼ mile in 15.5 seconds.
At $14,500, way more than a thunderbird, the Murena was a tough sell. Although over 35 orders were reported, under ten of these specialist wagons were ever made.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|engine||Ford Thunderbird 90 Degree V8|
|valvetrain||Pushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl|
|fuel feed||4 Barrel Autolite Carburetor|
|displacement||7030 cc / 429 in³|
|bore||111 mm / 4.37 in|
|stroke||91 mm / 3.58 in|
|power||268.5 kw / 360 bhp @ 4600 rpm|
|specific output||51.21 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||210.53 bhp per tonne|
|torque||650.79 nm / 480 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm|
|body / frame||Unit Steel|
|wheel type||5-Spoke Forged Aluminum|
|front tires||205VR15 Pirelli Cintureto|
|rear tires||205VR15 Pirelli Cintureto|
|front brakes||Girling Discs|
|f brake size||x 279 mm / x 11 in|
|rear brakes||Girling Discs|
|r brake size||x 254 mm / x 10 in|
|front wheels||F 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15 x 7 in|
|rear wheels||R 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15 x 7 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||Wishbones w/Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Live Axle w/Trailing Arms, Panhard Rod|
|curb weight||1710 kg / 3770 lbs|
|wheelbase||2997 mm / 118 in|
|front track||1537 mm / 60.5 in|
|rear track||1537 mm / 60.5 in|
|length||5207 mm / 205 in|
|width||1930 mm / 76 in|
|height||1270 mm / 50 in|
|transmission||Ford 3-Speed Automatic|
|gear ratios||2.46:1, 1.46:1, 1.00:1, :1|
|0 – 60 mph||~7.5 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~15.5 seconds|