Publish date: 2016-03-14 10:12:24
Name: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (black-on-black)
Year(s) Produced: 1968-1969
Number Built: 184
Class: Muscle car
Body Type: 2-door fastback
Engine: 427 cu in Ford FE-series V8 428 Cobra Jet
Power: 335hp @ 5200rpm
0-60mph: 6.0 seconds
Top Speed: 121 mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 187.4 in./ 71.3 in./ 51.3 in.
Wheelbase: 108 in.
Base Price: US$3,122 (NADA)
Highest Price: US$81,750 (NADA)
While we have our fair share of imports and foreign cars here in the United States, it doesn’t seem to even come close to the affect that American muscle cars have on our friends overseas in European countries. We’ve seen a huge muscle car culture in countries like Finland, but this time we get to see and hear this beautiful black on black killer combo of a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 from a shop that is unique in itself.
First, a little bit of history. 1969 was perhaps the best year for the Ford Mustang in terms of performance benchmarks. The company offered six factory performance Mustang models during that time: the GT, Boss 302, Boss 429, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500 and the Mach 1. There were seven options available for the V-8 package that comes with the 1969-1970 models, with most of these made available for the new Mach 1. The Mach 1 became an instant success with sales of up to 72,458 in 1969 which led Ford to discontinue the GT model with only a mere 5,396 units sold also during that period. The Mustang would not wear the “GT” badge again until 1982.
Though many owners and enthusiasts opted for resto-mod visual conversions for the Mach 1, the model itself only comes in a ‘SportsRoof’ body style, previously known as the ‘Fastback’, and no options were made for a hardtop or convertible. The Mach 1’s original recipe was simple: have a V8 powered ‘Sportsroof’ 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, unmissable livery and dealer optional chin spoiler, rear deck spoiler, and rear window louvers and then you have one exquisitely styled performance car that is sure to make heads turn.
So what makes this German-restored horse unique? Back in 1969 Ford produced less than 6000 Mach 1 Mustangs powered with an optional 428 Cobra Jet engine/Ram Air and 4-speed transmission. To further sweeten the deal, the motoring company had 237 of these muscle cars donned with a exquisitely stylish black on black color combo. As if this is not enough, Ford fitted 184 of these 237 ‘Raven Black’ ‘69 Mustangs with their patented disc brakes. One glorious example from these 184 beauties eventually landed overseas and restored to its original glory, by a shop that is unique in itself.
The Kult Cars shop based in Kissing, Germany is in the business of restoring classic American muscle cars for decades, working with muscle cars from 1960s to ‘70s. Their work is primarily devoted to these performance vehicles assuring the highest degree of restoration.
Having been through a full restoration, this Ford Mustang Mach 1 turned out to be simply amazing. Completing the glorious look of this car is a super straight body design sitting on a rebuilt chassis, new chrome & glass, perfectly aligned panels and 15-inch Magnum 500’s. Surely, it’s not all about looks. The 335 horse power 428 Cobra Jet Ram Air engine and the Manual 4-speed transmission of this 1969 Mustang Mach 1 are all original as confirmed by the Marti Report.
Take a look at this video of this immaculately dark horse, courtesy of Kult Cars of Germany.
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