Mustang is the original Pony car, still the fastest selling car of all time. Even those who steer clear of Yank classics make an exception for the Mustang. What made the Mustang so popular — apart from those great looks of course — was that there was a model to suit everybody.
Running gear options ranged from the ci straight-six engine through to the ci V8, with either four-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while there are fastback, coupe or convertible body styles. Successive generations of the Mustang never quite matched the original, which is still the version to own.
Prices increasingly refl ect this. Cunning marketing, of a type never seen before, provided the blueprint for user-chooser car buying ever since. An amazing 22, orders were placed for the Mustang on the very fi rst day of the show. It was hoped that sales for the fi rst year would be around , but in fact , were sold and the millionth car was built in ! The fi rst concept model emerged in and this was a two-seater convertible with a mid-engined Ford Taunus V4.
The fastback body styling arrived in and all cars came with standard or deluxe vinyl trim. The Cobra range was bolstered by the awesome bhp ci GT A year later a full fat bhp ci seven litres! Another restyle for saw the Mustang become too bulky and lardy, while a Grande luxury version saw the car become soft in its advancing years fake wood, vinyl roof etc.
The Boss fastback, with its bhp, redressed the balance — a good thing as Carol Shelby had dropped his hot-rod range. Sadly, as the s dawned, the Mustang was losing some of its charm. The line up saw the car a lot bigger and more than lb heavier than the lithe original, while increasing detox equipment hindered performance, despite a fancy Mach1 moniker.
A thriving aftermarket scene now sees old cars modded with new up-to-date mechanicals. The Mustang story has come almost full circle in its neigh on 50 year history, as the current model looks and feels much like the original. Does the Mustang go as good as it looks? Probably not. Mustang has often been compared to our Capri when it comes to driving. You have to remember that these cars are coming up to the big 50 and are pretty basic in design — while the Falcon was never the greatest handling car of all time!
Handling is somewhat soft and soggy, but most cars were back then. Also, the tail can be slip-slidey in the wet. A well maintained car will handle decently enough, especially with new springs, uprated dampers, bushes, front disc brakes, radial tyres etc. As with so many classics, without PAS it can be heavy at slow speeds, and with assisted steering it becomes very light and woolly. Power-wise, only certain Mustangs are race horses. Entry models relied upon a 2. These are as brisk as a Fiesta diesel or and old Zodiac but okay for cruising and, if in good tune, will eke out over 20mpg.
All V8s will hit 60mph in under nine seconds, with top ones being Ferrari-quick, plus they boast a soundtrack only a Yank V8 can create. On the other hand, economy can barely scrape into double fi gures. Less than 10 per cent of Mustangs boasted four-on-the-fl oor boxes, the bulk of them being three-speed autos, with the remainder suffering the wide-ratio three-speed manual which is not a pleasing experience. Not many UK mags tested this Ford whennew and you get the feeling that, on skinny x14 cross plies and drum brakes, they were brave souls!
When Motor tested the top 4. Just checking the websites associated with Mustangs will give you a much better idea of what can be done. More modern brakes are available, while the simple suspension a known wear point can be stiffened by using uprated springs and dampers and a thicker front anti roll bar.
Actually, this spec apes the Special Handling Package option which was offered, although the ride will suffer as a result. Most go-faster folk will go the V8 route, where more than bhp can be eked out. Two good mods for all Mustangs are electronic ignition and an uprated radiator.
Period cross plies are great for drag strip starts… and visiting the scenery backwards on a wet night! According to specialist Bill Shepherd of Surrey , values have increased on average 20 per cent a year and his company is now buying cars back what it sold them for!
The least loved six pots are the cheapest and, quite frankly, if all you want is to own a Mustang, they make the wisest buys, being cheaper to run than a Capri 3-litre. Thanks to its manageable size and clean looks, the Mustang appeals just as much to us this side of the pond. Really, a Mustang is no harder or dearer to keep than its UK sibling, the Capri — just a heck of a lot more expensive to buy.
Share with Facebook. Tweet this article. Share bookmark with Delicious. Digg this article. It was available until , returned briefly in , , and most recently As part of a Ford heritage program, the Mach 1 package returned in as a high-performance version of the New Edge platform.
Visual connections to the model were integrated into the design to pay homage to the original. This generation of the Mach 1 was discontinued after the model year, with the introduction of the fifth generation Mustang. This concept vehicle used a cushion of air as propulsion on a circular dais. The Ford Mustang was successfully introduced in April as a sporty pony car to attract younger buyers into Ford products.
After a few years of development, Ford saw the need to create performance Mustangs to compete with GM and their release of the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. As the performance war continued, the Mustang's platform and engine bay were progressively redesigned to accommodate larger engine blocks. Late in the model year, Ford introduced the cu in 7. This was a strong performer and indicated the direction of the Mustang.
However, "GT" was deemed insufficient to describe performance, thus the Mach 1 model name was introduced. The Ford Mustang featured numerous performance-themes model names and engines. Additionally, seven variations of V8s were available in the to models; most of these also available in the new Mach 1. Due to the Mach 1's success, the GT model was discontinued after following poor sales of 5, units versus the 72, sales for the Mach 1.
The Mach 1 package was only available in the "SportsRoof" fastback body style  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.
All first-generation Mach 1's are distinguished by the body style code 63C on the door data plate. The Mach 1 started with a V8-powered SportsRoof body and added 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 W 2V , deluxe interior, livery and dealer optional chin spoiler, rear deck spoiler, and rear window louvers SportSlats.
Standard equipment was a cu in 5. A W 4V was optional as was a cu in 6. In , the 3. 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 , and heavier springs and 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 engine, used to collect fresh air and so named for its tendency to "shake" with the V8 engine.
The interior came complete with teak wood grain details, full sound deadening material and high-back sport bucket seats. In racecar drivers Mickey Thompson and Danny Ongais took three Mach 1 Mustangs to the Bonneville salt flats for a feature in Hot Rod magazine, in the process setting speed and endurance records over a series of mile and hour courses.
Ford kept the Mach 1 alive into and little changed other than the visuals. The 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. The model year dropped the W V8 engine options by a new cu in 5.
The C 4V M code engine featured This new engine incorporated elements learned from the Ford series engine and the Boss , particularly the poly-angle combustion chambers with canted valves and the thin-wall casting technology.
For , Ford reduced the content of the Mach 1. The standard features of the model were as follows:. Buying the optional "Drag Pak" 3. One of the most recognizable features of the '71—'73 Mach 1s is the hood design with dual scoops. The hood was a no-cost option on the cars and standard on all others. The Ram Air option included a vacuum-controlled door inside each scoop, and a fiberglass under-hood 'plenum' that directed cool, outside air through a modified, rubber-ringed air filter housing and into the carburetor.
The ram-air option also included a pair of Mach1-style chrome twist hood locks and a two-tone hood paint treatment in either 'matte black' or 'argent' matte silver , which coordinated with the decals and striping. This year also produced the fewest Mach 1 sales of the —73 generation. There are no major differences in the '71 and '72 Mach 1s externally. The Windsor remained as the base Mach 1 engine. There were again three Cleveland engine options for The Mach 1 received some significant appearance updates for The lower body accent paint and bright trim were gone and the entire car was one color top to bottom.
The deck lid tape stripe was revised, with the "MACH 1" lettering now incorporated into the passenger side of the stripe, instead of centered above it as in and The valance cutouts and bright tips were no longer available on 4V cars for The front bumper on all models was now a much larger body-colored urethane unit, mounted on impact absorbing struts.
The Mach 1 grille was black with a honeycomb pattern and a small running horse tri-bar emblem. The rear bumper was mounted on extended brackets which caused the bumper to protrude from the body further and yielded a large gap. To rectify this, Ford used a body-colored urethane filler piece at each quarter panel, and a sheetmetal filler panel bolted to the taillight panel.
Engine options remained virtually the same as in , with the exception of the HO being dropped. The V was not advertised in the '73 Mustang as a Cobra Jet engine even though the Ford shop manual and other internal Ford documentation did reference the engine as the V CJ since the "Cobra Jet" nomenclature did continue on in Torino, Cougar, and Montego lines. Due to trouble getting the Ram Air option approved for emissions reasons,  the V was the only engine available with Ram Air.
New for , Ford offered a "Tu-Tone" hood paint treatment option that consisted of the black or argent paint treatment and twist locks, but without the actual functional components of the Ram Air system. The chart does not reflect the Boss variant of the Cleveland or cid I6, as neither were available in the Mach 1 package. The R-code HO package — essentially the solid-lifter Boss engine from with a reduction in compression from The Mach 1 name continued with the advent of the Mustang II in For model years to , the high-performance package was renamed "Cobra II".
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The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a performance-oriented option package of the Ford Mustang muscle car, originally introduced in August for the model. The Ford Mustang Mach-1 is completely customizable in appearance, powertrain & performance. The L Ti-VCT V8 engine comes standard & couples with. Ford Mustang (Mk.I) specs ; Curb weight, kg ( lbs) ; Years built, - ; Origin country, United States ; Gas mileage, l/ km (17 mpg US /