1969 was the benchmark year for Ford Mustang in its proliferation of performance names and engines. No fewer than six factory performance Mustang models were available (GT, Boss 302, Boss 429, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500 and the Mach 1). Additionally, seven variations of V-8s were available in the ‘69–’70 models; most of these also available in the new Mach 1.
The Mach 1 started with a V8 powered ‘Sportsroof’ body and added numerous visual and performance enhancing items such as matte black hood treatment with hood pins, hood scoop (including optional Shaker scoop), competition suspension, chrome pop-open gas cap, revised wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires, chrome exhaust tips, deluxe interior, livery and dealer optional chin spoiler, rear deck spoiler, and rear window louvers.
Standard on Mach 1’s was a fierce but cosmetic hood scoop that had integrated turn-signal lights mounted in the back. A more functional option was the signature “Shaker hood”, an air scoop mounted directly to the top of the motor, used to collect fresh air and so named for its tendency to “shake” above the rumbling V8 below. The interior came complete with teak wood grain details, full sound deadening material and high-back sport bucket seats.
In 1969 endurance driver Mickey Thompson took three Mach 1 Mustangs to the Bonneville salt flats for a feature in Hot Rod magazine, in the process setting 295 speed and endurance records over a series of 500-mile and 24-hour courses.
This 1970 H Code Mustang Mach 1 comes with the 351 Windsor engine which has been stroked to 408 cubic inches by drag racing specialist Dave Billadeau. The estimated 300bhp (as tested on a rolling road in November 2017) is put down through a 4 speed top loader manual transmission with Hurst Shifter. We understand that the car underwent a full restoration circa. 2010 prior to the current vendor obtaining the car and there is an exhaustive list of extras and expense which has been lavished on the car. This can be seen in the extensive history file and the car also benefits from being authenticated with a Marti report. A wonderful example of this true American muscle car and presented in excellent condition throughout, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a well sorted and appreciating classic.