Ford redesigned the body on the Mustang in 1969. With the new body, came a new high performance Mustang, the Mach 1. While Ford has been using the Mustang GT as a performance model, the GT did not give Ford the street racing performance image that they wanted. The Mach 1 name brought images of supersonic performance. Plus the nation was caught up in the space race at the time and “Mach 1″ offered vision of space-age future. Ford would use the Mach I name for performance Mustangs through the 1978 Mustang II. For more on the Mustang, see our post on the first generation Mustang.
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The 1969 Mustang came in three different models with a variety of factory performance options including the GT, Boss 302, Boss 429, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500 and the Mach 1. The Mach I was only available on the Mustang Sportsroof model. The formula for the Mach 1 was simple: V8 powere, Sportsroof body, and additional performance and visual accessories to complete the street racing image. Some of the additional items included hood scoop, hood pins, chrome pop-open gas cap, competition suspension, and special wheels and tires. The combination worked. The Mach 1 become so popular, that Ford would discontinue the Mustang GT after 1969. (The GT would reappear later.)
The Mach 1 came with the 351 cubic inch Windsor engine with a 2-barrel carburetor and a 3 speed manual transmission. Optional engines included a 351 4-barrel Windsor, a 351 Cleveland, a 390 cubic inch FE-V8, and the a 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet with or without Ramair. Transmission choices included a 4 speed manual or 3 speed FMX. A “traction lok” rear axle was optional. Other suspension upgrades depended on powertrain choices. The big block cars had front shock tower reinforcement, thicker sway bars, and heavier springs and shocks while the 428 Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet 4 speed cars came with staggered rear shocks.
On the exterior, Mach 1s came with a cosmetic hood scoop, a that had integrated turn-signal lights mounted in the back. An optional “Shaker Hood” was more functional with an air scoop mounted directly to the top of the motor. The interior of the Mach I came with teak wood grain details and high-back sport bucket seats.
1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Ford made little changes to the Mach 1 in 1970. What little changes there were included revised bucket seats, Magnum 500 wheels, recessed taillights on a black honeycomb rear panel, new badging on the side and rear and new striping. Last year’s 351 Windsor was replaced with a new 351 Cleveland.
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