PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford America has announced that the iconic Mustang Mach 1 fastback will come back to life in 2020.
The original arrived on American roads – initially as a ”wife’s car” – during early performance days in 1969 but was snapped up eventually as the wheels to have after the movie ”Bullitt” was screened. in the US.
Now, says Ford America, it will come back as ”the epitome of naturally aspirated five-litre V8 performance” in what the brand is calling ”a new golden age of power as a new choice in the line-up of the world’s best-selling sport car”.
Dave Pericak, director of Ford Icons, told The Corner in a media release: “Mach 1 has a special place in Mustang history and it’s time for this special edition to claim the top spot in our five-litre V8 performance range to reward our most hardcore Mustang enthusiasts who demand that next level of power, precision, and collectability.”
Like the original, Ford US says, the all-new Mustang Mach 1 will be true to its heritage with ”great looks and as the most track-capable five-litre Mustang yet”.
Continuing the legacy of Mach 1…
Mach 1 debuted for the 1969 model year and immediately carved out its place in the Mustang line-up, Ford US says, ”with its performance and improved dynamics and GT suspension”.
In the years that followed, Mach 1 saw improved performance versus Mustang GT and was more attainable than Shelby and Boss variants.
Ted Ryan, heritage brand manager of Ford Archives recalled: “Mach 1 has always been that bridge between base Mustangs and the Shelby models.
“From style and handling perspectives, the original Mach 1 managed to stand out as unique, even in the Mustang line-up – as the name implies, it could really move.”
Two years after the 1969 debut a Mach 1 with a competition suspension hit the streets: longer and larger than the original and with various powerful engines. More changes came in 1974 as a hatchback to start a five-year run with beefed-up handling from an optional Rallye suspension package.
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For 2003/04 model years Seventies nostalgia took hold to deliver modern power with the nostalgia of 70’s-era Mach 1 design elements. Its unique suspension with larger Brembo front disc brakes improved on-road performance; a black spoiler and bonnet stripe helped with identification.
Which brings us to 2021 and the Mach 1’s return as the most track-ready five-oh Mustang yet. Be ready, you South African Mustang fans…