The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a performance-oriented option package[2] of the Ford Mustang, originally introduced by Ford in August 1968 as a package for the 1969 model year. The Mach 1 title adorned performance oriented Mustang offerings until the original retirement of the moniker in 1978.

As part of a Ford heritage program, the Mach 1 package returned in 2003 as a high performance version of the SN95 platform. Visual connections to the 1969 model were integrated into the design to pay homage to the original. This generation of the Mach 1 was discontinued after the 2004 model year, with the introduction of the fifth-generation Mustang.

Ford first used the name "Mach 1" in its 1959 display of a concept "Levacar" called the Ford Rotunda. This concept vehicle used a cushion of air as propulsion on a circular dais.

1969 was the benchmark year for Ford Mustang in its proliferation of performance names and engines. No less than 6 factory performance Mustang models were available (GT, Boss 302, Boss 429, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500 and the Mach 1). Additionally, seven variations of V-8s were available in the '69–'70 models; most of these also available in the new Mach 1.

Due to the Mach 1's success, the GT model was discontinued after 1969 following poor sales of 5,396 units - versus the 72,458 sales for the Mach 1.[4] The Mustang would not wear the "GT" badge again until 1982.

The Mach 1 package was only available in the 'SportsRoof' body style[5] (previously known as the 'Fastback'); never on the hardtop or convertible. Many resto-mod visual conversions have since been performed by owners and enthusiasts, but are not Mach 1's by VIN code.

The Mach 1's original recipe was simple: It started with a V8 powered 'Sportsroof' body and added numerous visual and performance enhancing items such as matte black hood treatment with hood pins, hood scoop (including optional Shaker scoop), competition suspension, chrome pop-open gas cap, revised wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires, chrome exhaust tips (except 351W 2V), deluxe interior, unmissable livery and dealer optional chin spoiler, rear deck spoiler, and rear window louvers (SportSlats).



BEFORE...

This car was in good shape and appearance from a distance.  However the customer wanted the car to be in top notch shape with a complete work over on the paint and body. 

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dURING...

 Initially,  we stripped all of the paint off, removed the dash and interior, and media blasted the car.

We then discovered once everything was brought down to the base that there were issues with the body.  At this point we ended up replacing the inner fenders along with the trunk pans, applied body filler, and epoxy coated the entire vehicle.  Then we are going to sand down everything, apply glaze, do a final sand, apply 2 coats of paint along with 2 coats of sealer, then the entire car is wet sanded and buffed.  All of the fasteners were replaced. The final stage we will polish and repair the SS trim.   Run through a final inspection.

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The inner fenders and firewall have been installed in addition to the back end of this Mach 1 Mustang. It is now ready to be prepped and sealed...

Epoxy sealed and body work getting done so it can go to paint. 

Just got a beautiful paint job, now time for wet sanding and buffing. 

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Headliner going in and looking very good.

Got the decals on there and the louver cover on the back windshield. 


AFTER....

Finished up the Mach 1 Mustang, that paint looks great! Now that we have finished our part in this process it is going back home for the client to finish up. This is a beautiful car, that will be even better once it is complete.