This 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is sporting some pretty awesome original features. The yellow gold paintwork is looking great and is only emphasised by the bold hood graphics and those fashionable stripes on the side panels. The enlarged front bumper was introduced as part of the 1973 regulations and features the updated sportslamps that now included the turn signals.
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 was originally introduced in 1968 and was geared for performance-orientated Mustangs until it’s official retirement in 1978. But that wasn’t the end of the Mach 1, Ford’s heritage program reintroduced the package in the form of the high performance SN95 in 2003 to pay homage to the legendary original.
In 1969, Ford produced 6 factory performance models and the Mach 1 stole the show, outselling the GT by some 67,000 units. Now the Mach 1 was somewhat limited in its style. It featured the signature SportsRoof body style – also known as the ‘Fastback’ – but was never a hardtop or convertible.
The customization options for the Mach 1 were simply endless. You could have everything from matte black hood treatment with hood pins to chrome exhaust tips and rear window louvers. The 2V 351 Windsor was the standard engine but your standard options include the 4V 351W, the 390FE and the massive 428 Cobra Jet 4V.
By 1971 the Mustang Mach 1 hadn’t changed much except for a few visuals: dual-beam headlights, recessed taillights, the removal of the side scoops behind both doors, new side and rear badging and revised bucket seats. They also replaced the 351W V8 engine with the 351 Cleveland V8 which produced 300 bhp.
For Mustangs produced between 1971 and 1973, one of the most recognisable features is the NACA hood with dual scoops. This new feature created a more badass look for the Mach 1 and could also be made functional with the Ram Air option that increased the standard bhp of the engine. So the hood scoops didn’t just look good, they worked too.
This 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 features some of the visual improvements brought about by changing regulations. We can see the enlarged front bumper and the updated sportlamps that now have a vertical orientation, as well as the turning signal function. Although we can’t see it in this image, the rear bumper is also enlarged due to it being mounted on a new impact-absorbing extension.
It’s safe to say the Mach 1 was pretty popular car back in the day, and it’s popularity has only increased over time as the classic Mustangs have become some of the most iconic cars out there. And if we wanted to add to the ‘cool factor’ it wouldn’t be hard as a Ford Mustang Mach 1 was not only driven by Richard Hammond in Top Gear’s Patagonia special, but also featured in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. These aren’t the only moments where the Mach 1 is in the limelight, a yellow 1973 Mach 1 was used in the original Gone in 60 Seconds and a black one appeared in the 1990 film Marked for Death.
I’m not gonna lie but the Mustang Mach 1 is perhaps one of my favourite classic cars. I’m a big fan of the incredibly powerful and customizable muscle cars and the Mach 1 is perhaps the Godfather of muscles with some pretty awesome features.