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1000 horses for specialist-built Ford Mustang

YUKON, Oklahoma – Oklahoma-based custom coach builder Classic Recreations has created a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, nicknamed it “Hitman”, and packed a 750kW, twin-turbo, 32-valve, Coyote V8 engine under the bonnet.

The car rides on modern coilover suspension components and is the first Mach 1 to be built under the Classic Recreations’ licence from Ford Motor Company.

The car is said to be the first Mach 1 produced as part of an exclusive licensing deal with Ford that includes iconic Mustangs such as the Boss 429, Boss 302 – and the Mach 1.

Its build began with a real 1969 Mustang Mach 1 body restored to factory-new condition before receiving its intercooled, twin-turbo, V8. A Tremec six-speed manual transmission, tubular sub-frame connectors, and state-of-the-art engine management systems work together to put that power to the tar while exhaust gases escape throughcustom stainl ess-steel  manifolds and dual stainless-steel MagnaFlow performance exhausts.

Fuel is delivered through an electric Vaporworx fuel pump housed in a Rick’s Tanks 68-litre fuel cell.

WHO’S THE BOSS NOW? This 1969 Ford Mustang has had some serioius work done under that long bonnet. Image: Supplied

The suspension setup uses coilovers up front, a Total Control rear coilover system and Total Control front and rear sway bars. A power rack-and-pinion steering system handles the direction of travel.

For maximum traction, Classic Recreations has mounted light 18” American Racing Wheels rims shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 225/40 tyres up front and 315/30 at the back behind which are six-piston Wilwood callipers with slotted and cross-drilled rotors.

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Adjustable rear proportioning valve gives enthusiasts complete control over brake bias to their intended use and driving style.

On-the-road entertainment will come from a Kicker amp, speakers and sub-woofer. A woodgrain aluminum steering-wheel, five-point seat belts, 320km/h (in mph) speedo and Mustang interior panels.

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