There’s something special about the firsts. First loves, first glances, first Mach 1. Fords first Mach 1 appeared in August of 1968 with numerous engine options. It did feature a very popular engine, 428 cubic inch 7.0L Cobra Jet big block having 335 horses. However, the standard was the 351W-2V V-8 having 250 horsepower. It had twin-set headlamps, a mouthy grille, and sleek lines that made it an all around loved car. The inside of this beast featured a vinyl Sports Interior, which included high-back bucket seats, a console, molded door panels, and twin-pod instrumentation. A tachometer was optional.

The Mach 1’s optional Drag Pack was available only with the 428 Cobra Jet. It included 3.91:1 or 4.30:1 Traction-Lok gears, a remote engine oil cooler, and staggered rear shocks in thefour-speed version.

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1969 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 FASTBACK

In 1971 It changed with a new look for the public eye. It featured two-tone paint, NACA hood with dual scoops, although the Shaker hood scoop was popular. The headlamps were moved inside the grille mouth. The side scoops and styled steel wheels were removed. In place of the steel wheels sport wheel covers were standard with Firestone wide ovals. A few other changes included honeycomb tail panel and recessed, three-element tail lamps.

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1971 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 FASTBACK

The Mach 1 for 1972 was virtually unchanged, retaining the visual features.

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1972 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 FASTBACK

The ’73 Mach 1 had a grille and graphics update. The most powerful engine that year was the 351C-4V Cobra Jet.

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1973 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 FASTBACK

The Mach 1 name was revived after 25 years, this new variation on the GT coupe carried a naturally aspirated twin cam Cobra V-8 tuned for 300 horsepower and topped by a functional “shaker” hood scoop straight from the Sixties.

The 2003 had a slightly lowered suspension, Brembo brakes, a black hood stripe and other unique cosmetics, and “comfort-weave styled” leather upholstery.

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2003 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1

2004 brought minimal changes since it was the last year on the SN-95 platform. Only 10 extra horses for the Mach 1.

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2004 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1

 

 

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