1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 2-Door Sports Roof with original R-code 428-4V Cobra Jet Ram Air V-8 engine
Absolute stunning early first generation Mach 1 Mustang is great original condition including its factory Candy Apple red paint with black-out hood treatment a close ratio 4-speed manual transmission, 3.50 traction-lok rear axle and Black Knit vinyl March 1 hi-back bucket seats.
The car was imported to Denmark in 1987 from California and underwent a restoration including engine, electronic ignition, Hurst gear shifter, never Cobra wheels and conversation by unleaded gasoline the same year. The original Danish owner sold the car in 2016. The car has Danish papers and registration. Included in the sale is the original Cobra wheels and steering wheel and extra seat covers and door trim. The car drives fantastic and was measured at 511 brake horse power after the restoration in 1987.
The car was built in San Jose, California on March 12 1969 by order of Ford dealer Don Rose Ford in Los Angeles, California. The car was schedule for build on March 21, 1969 but was actually build nine days ahead of schedule. Don Rose Ford sold the car to the first owner on April 14, 1969 and the car remained in California until being imported into Denmark in 1987.
Odometer: 28,554 miles
Model: Mustang Mach 1 2-door Sports Roof (Trim code 63C)
Engine: Original R-code 428-4V Cobra Jet Ram Air V-8 (Trim code R)
Transmission: 4-speed close ratio manual (Trim code 6)
Axel: 3.50 traction-lok rear axle (Trim code S)
Trim: Candy Apple red paint (Ford paint code 2008-A) with black-out hood treatment (Trim code T5)
Interior: Black Knit vinyl Mach 1 hi-back bucket seats (Trim code 3AA)
District Sales Office: Los Angeles, California (Trim code 71)
Build date: Schedule for build March 21, 1969 (Trim code 21C)
Factory Equipment: Traction-Lok Differential, Spot Deck Rear Seat, Front Disc Power Brakes, Power Steering, AM/FM radio, Tinted glass-complete
History of the Ford Mustang Mach 1 first generation (1969–1970):
1969 was the benchmark year for Ford Mustang in its proliferation of performance names and engines. No fewer than six 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.
The Mach 1 package was only available in the 'Sports Roof' body style (previously known as the 'Fastback'). The Mach 1 started with a V8 powered 'Sports Roof' 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, livery and dealer optional chin spoiler, rear deck spoiler, and rear window louvers (Sport Slats).
Standard equipment was a 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 was optional as was a 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE, and the huge 428 cu in (7.0 L) Cobra Jet 4V with or without Ram Air
Mach 1s came with upgraded suspension to varying degrees dependent upon powertrain choices. Big block cars had front shock tower reinforcement, thicker sway bars (no rear bar for 69), and heavier springs and shocks. 428 CJ/SCJ 4 speed cars also came with staggered rear shocks. Standard on Mach 1s was a fierce but cosmetic hood scoop that had integrated turn-signal lights mounted in the back. A more functional option was the signature "Shaker hood", an air scoop mounted directly to the top of the motor, used to collect fresh air and so named for its tendency to "shake" above the rumbling V-8 below. The interior came complete with teak wood grain details, full sound deadening material and high-back sport bucket seats.
In 1969 endurance driver Mickey Thompson took three Mach 1 Mustangs to the Bonneville salt flats for a feature in Hot Rod magazine, in the process setting 295 speed and endurance records over a series of 500-mile and 24-hour courses.
Ford kept the Mach 1 alive into 1970 and little changed other than the visuals. The 1970 body included dual-beam headlights with the previous inner headlights becoming sport lamps and recessed taillights on a black honeycomb rear panel, side scoops behind both doors removed, revised bucket seats, deep dish sports wheel covers, as well as new side and rear badging and striping were the main visual differences. 1970 saw the previous 351W V8 engine options replaced with a new 351 cu in (5.8 L) Cleveland (351C) V8 in either 2V (for use with 2-venturi carbs) or 4V (for use with 4-venturi carbs) versions. The 351C 4V (M code) engine featured 11.0:1 compression and produced 300 bhp (224 kW; 304 PS) at 5400 rpm. This new performance engine incorporated elements learned from the Ford 385 series engine and the Boss 302, particularly the poly-angle combustion chambers with canted valves and the thin-wall casting technology.