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.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineFord Thunderbird 90 Degree V8
position$14,950 USD
valvetrainPushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed4 Barrel Autolite Carburetor
displacement7030 cc / 429 in³
bore111 mm / 4.37 in
stroke91 mm / 3.58 in
compression10.5:1
power268.5 kw / 360 bhp @ 4600 rpm
specific output51.21 bhp per litre
bhp/weight210.53 bhp per tonne
torque650.79 nm / 480 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
wheel type5-Spoke Forged Aluminum
front tires205VR15 Pirelli Cintureto
rear tires205VR15 Pirelli Cintureto
front brakesGirling Discs
f brake sizex 279 mm / x 11 in
rear brakesGirling Discs
r brake sizex 254 mm / x 10 in
front wheelsF 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15 x 7 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15 x 7 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionWishbones w/Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionLive Axle w/Trailing Arms, Panhard Rod
curb weight1710 kg / 3770 lbs
wheelbase2997 mm / 118 in
front track1537 mm / 60.5 in
rear track1537 mm / 60.5 in
length5207 mm / 205 in
width1930 mm / 76 in
height1270 mm / 50 in
transmissionFord 3-Speed Automatic
gear ratios2.46:1, 1.46:1, 1.00:1, :1
final drive2.75:1
0 – 60 mph~7.5 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~15.5 seconds