Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Random Car Wednesday: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

In 1968, the Plymouth Road Runner debuted as a cheap muscle car that could be had with sporty graphics, good looks, and a variety of engines. The formula was a hit, and the other manufacturers were quick to create their own budget muscle cars. The most successful by far was Ford, with the Mustang Mach 1. Arriving in 1969, the Mach 1 was one of several new Mustang trim levels. While not as track-focused as the Boss 302 or as straight-line fast as the Boss 429, the Mach 1 slotted above the GT and the luxury-oriented Grandé. The Mustang was redesigned for 1969, and was now bigger and meaner than before. The Mach 1 package capitalized on the new design, and included a black hood, side stripes, sporty wheels, and optional louvers and front and rear spoilers. The interior also got revised, with sporty seats and steering wheel. But the Mach 1 wasn't just a sticker package, it was a serious muscle car. Engine options ranged from the 351 Windsor up through to the 428 Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet, which boasted 335 horsepower. In the end, the Mach 1 was a smash hit. Sales were strong, and the model survived into the Mustang II era. It even returned in 2003 for a limited run, and was successful then, too. This car in particular is a Wimbledon White example with the 390 V8. It has the optional spoilers and louvers, and the original wheels which were exclusive to the Mach 1. It's a very pretty car, and as I've mentioned before, I'm partial towards the 1969 Mustang models. But can you blame me?

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

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