The 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
For many of us, the 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is as much a monument to Ford's horsepower wars as the 69 Boss 302. It was also much more available and affordable.
In fact, there was a total of 72,458 of these cars in the 1969 model year, compared to just over 2,000 of the 1969 Boss 302 Mustangs produced.
With it's sleek sportsroof (fastback) lines, stripes and spoilers, the 1969 Mach 1 had a look that was fast and furious. Just the way we like it!
Exterior Styling and Identification
Some of the design cues you find on most Mach 1 cars, are the same as those on the Boss, including, an optional black, textured front lower chin spoiler and rear tail spoiler and distinctive styling stripes. Added to that were realistic looking rear fender ducts and a special Chromed gas cap and chrome exhaust tips.
The favorite of some, and the scourge of others, was the availability of flat black rear window louvers or slats.
Other differences between the Mach 1 and the Boss included the addition of a circular Mustang logo on the sail panel behind the front window and a simulated brake air scoop cut into the haunches of the rear quarter panels, while the Boss had neither.
The Mach, however also sported a matte black hood, a distinctive hood scoop and a round trim ring behind each rear window.
Also available, were some slick looking Magnum 500 wheels
The interior was also distinctive from both, the regular 1969 Mustang fastbacks and the Boss 302, with it's special colored inserts in specially tufted seats.
All cars had the knitted vinyl, high back bucket seats, deluxe interior with simulated teak inserts, extra sound deadening material and a wood grained rim-blow steering wheel.
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Engine and Drivetrain
While he standard v8 engine i other Mustang models (excluding the Boss 302) was a 302 cubic inch 2 barrel engine, which produced 220 horsepower, the base engine for the Mach was the new Windsor 351 cubic inch V8 two barrel carbureted engine rated at 250 horsepower.
Also available for those seeking even higher performance, were the availability of several optional big block motors, including a 390 cubic inch v8 and two versions of the 428 CobraJet.
The CobraJet 428CJ-R , although rated at 335 hp, like the standard 428 Cobra Jet engine, included the special Ram Air package, which included a special hood scoop poking out of the hood, which allowed cold air to enter the engine under full throttle. Well enough, to get this big gun into the 13's in the quarter mile with stock tires.
Since it was attached directly to the engine air cleaner assembly, it "shook" slightly from the engine's idle and was commonly known as a shaker hood scoop.
Tony's First 1969 Mach 1
The 1969 Mach 1 that you see above in these pictures are those of a long time Mach 1 fan, named Tony, whose first, original big block Mustang Mach l met an unfortunate fate on rain slick roads, back in 1983. .
But his love for the Mach, ultimately led to the beautiful red rocket you see in these pictures.
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