1969 has become the reference for Ford in terms of the range of powerful models and engines. This year, Ford was producing as much as six sport versions of the Ford Mustang: Boss 302, GT, Shelby GT500, Shelby GT350, Boss 429 and Mach 1. In addition, seven engines were available for the Mustang in 1969-70. With such diversity Mustang had virtually no real competition, for every taste can be purchased a version of the Mustang that would be suitable, for the price and performance. This is the purpose guided at Ford, and when creating a Mach 1 tuning package, in fact, it became interim option at a price between the budget Boss 302 and Shelby models.
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 history
For the first time the name of the Mach I represented the Mustang Mach I concept car in 1966, and later in 1967 was also shown a prototype called Mach II.
Mach 1 also brought great popularity test on Lake Bonneville in 1969. Then known racer Mickey Thompson put as much as 295 speed and endurance records and article about it appeared in the then popular Hot Rod magazine.
In the opinion of many drivers and car magazines, including Car Life, in 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 was named the Magnificent and the fastest Mustang of all time. And this is indeed the case, he is now one of the most legendary and popular classic American sports car.
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 review
From the first year, sales of Ford Mustang Mach 1 soared to incredible for sports cars Heights, 72,458 vehicles were sold in 1969. A recipe for 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 success was quite simple: only the SportsRoof body (new marketing name for fastback), only the V8, a set of external upgrades (matt black bonnet with locks and hump, rear and front spoilers, aerodynamic grille on the rear window, etc…) and the best available technical upgrades (improved suspension, dual exhaust, locking differential, Goodyear Polyglas tires) a large selection of interior filling and affordable price. In general, it was the perfect car for everyday driving, but primarily for street racing in a straight line.
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 performance
Despite the apparent identity with other performance packages of Mustang, Mach 1 had its character, he was set to the fastest possible acceleration, sometimes in the media it was called Mach 1 drag pack, as the largest 7-liter engine Super Cobra Jet on the line, he was one of the best (quarter mile in 13 seconds), and up to 60 mph accelerates in 5.7 seconds.
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 specs
In 1969, for the Mach I was offered a choice of 5 engines: two 351 CID (5.7L) produce 250 or 290 HP, 390 cui (6.3L) with 320 HP output; two 428 of 7 liters both has power of 335 HP. Two versions of 428 engine called Cobra Jet and the Super Cobra Jet, and differed only by reinforced crankshaft, connecting rods and improved oil cooling system in Super Cobra Jet version (the engine can withstand higher operating temperatures and therefore was more reliable).
In addition, Mustang Mach 1 vehicles with Super Cobra Jet engines worn scoop on the bonnet only for decorative reasons, because of its specific location on oil cooler SCJ it would have been useless anyway. Despite the fact that the official power rating of the engine was 335 horsepower, with little set up, they were able to give 410 HP.