In 1969 Ford produced the performance model of the Ford Mustang called the Mustang Mach 1. This particular model featured performance styled Mustang offerings until the end of the Mustang II in 1978. In 2003, the Mach 1 title re-emerged as part of a Ford heritage program. It is a high performance version of the model and includes numerous visual connections to the originals.
Following the 2004 model year Ford decided to discontinue the Mach 1, as the Mustang was once again replaced with a newer, different model. In 1959 the name “Mach 1” was used by Ford for the first time for the use of its display of a concept car called the Ford Rotunda. This concept vehicle used a cushion of air as propulsion on a circular dais. The Mach 1 was successful for the Ford company, so much so that the GT model was discontinued after 1969 as a result of poor sales. For reference, the the GT sold just 5,396 units opposed to the 72,458 sold units of the Mach 1.
The Mach 1 could be purchased in the “Sportsroof” body style. Ford did not offer the Mach 1 as a convertible or coupe, however it was not uncommon for a Mach 1 owner to style and modify the car to look like one.
The original version of the Mach 1 was simple. It began with a V8 powered ‘Sportsroof’ body and added various visual and performance enhancing facets such as competition suspension, revised wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires matte black hood treatment with hood pins, hood scoop (including optional Shaker scoop), deluxe interior, chrome pop-open gas cap, chrome exhaust tips (except 351W 2V), unmissable livery and dealer optional chin spoiler, rear window louvers, and a rear deck spoiler.
More aspects of the model include: 351 cu in (5.8 L) Windsor (351W) 2V motor with a 3 speed manual transmission, and a 9″ 28 spline open rear axle, a 351W 4V is optional as was a 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE, and the 428 cu in (7.0 L) Cobra Jet 4V with or without Ramair. A “traction lok” rear axle was available, and the 428 CJ/SCJ included a “traction lok” with a 3.91 or 4.30 ratio, 31 spline axle shafts and a nodular case. Also, a 4 speed manual or 3 speed FMX (small block)/C6 (big block) automatic transmission was optional, and the 428SCJ added a cast iron tailshaft in place of the regular aluminum one to the C6.