Ford first used the name “Mach 1” in its 1959 display of a concept called the “Levacar Mach I” at the Ford Rotunda. This concept vehicle used a cushion of air as propulsion on a circular dais. Late in the 1968 model year, Ford introduced the 7-litre Cobra Jet FE engine in a small group of Mustang GT’s and into the 1968 Shelby GT500 KR. This was a strong performer and indicated the direction of the 1969 Mustang. However, “GT” wasn’t a name that would initiate images of street screeching performance; hence the introduction of the Mach 1 title. The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a performance-oriented option package of the Ford Mustang, originally introduced by Ford in August 1968 as a package for the 1969 model year. 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 V8’s were available in the 1969/1970 models; most of these also available in the new Mach 1. The Mach 1 title adorned performance oriented Mustang offerings until the original retirement of the moniker in 1978. The Mach 1 started with a V8 powered ‘Sportsroof’ body and added numerous visual and performance enhancing items such as matt black hood treatment with hood pins, competition suspension, chrome pop-open gas cap, revised wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tyres, chrome exhaust tips, 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.
The Mach 1 offered here starts and runs perfectly having recently had an £1,800 tune up and gearbox rebuild at a Mustang specialist in Oxford. Holley 4 barrel carburettor with electric choke fitted last year with a new battery, brake discs and pads and full new exhaust system. An exceptionally collectible variant of the ever popular Mustang and very reasonably priced.