03 MUS­TANG MACH 1 GEN­ER­A­TIONS

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1. 1969 MACH 1: THE ORIGINAL

The 1969 model year of the original gen­er­a­tion Mus­tang had engines rang­ing from Wind­sor and Cleve­land 351 (5.8litre) V8s, to the mas­sive 427 (7.0-litre). Broke 295 speed and en­durance records and won SCCA Man­u­fac­turer’s Rally Cham­pi­onships in 1969 and 1970.

2. 1974 MACH 1: ‘MUS­TANG II’

Though there was a facelift for the first-gen Mus­tang, this is tech­ni­cally the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion and thus Mach 1 Mk2. Not as well-loved or well-re­mem­bered, the ‘II’ was built on the Pinto plat­form as a down­size. The Mach 1 could be had with a V6 or a 4.9-litre V8, but was dis­con­tin­ued in ‘78.

3. 2003 MACH 1: ‘NEW EDGE’

After the 2001 Bul­litt, Ford must have re­alised old things were cool again, bring­ing back the retro-in­spired Mach 1 for the ‘New Edge’ gen­er­a­tion Mus­tang. As a bridge be­tween the GT and Co­bra mod­els, the Mach 1 came with a few dif­fer­ent ver­sions of Ford’s 4.6-litre mod­u­lar V8.

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