1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback (LHD)
|Engine||5.8 litre V8|
The original Mach 1 was introduced in 1968 as a concept car with a hatched fastback, aggressive hood and side scoops and a unique paint scheme. In 1969, the Mach 1 was one of three new Mustang models that made it into production. It featured the familiar fastback body with simulated side scoops high on the quarter panel, an aggressively raked air dam on the front and a spoiler on the rear and the now famous, 'shaker' air scoop mounted directly onto the carburettor and fitting through an opening in the bonnet. The Mach 1 continued in production with a number of minor changes to available power train components and styling until 1974, when the much smaller Mustang II model was introduced by Ford as a knee-jerk response to the nation's 'energy crisis'. Thus the 1973 models, with their revised colour schemes, subtle styling changes and optional 351 Cleveland-built V8 engines were the last real muscle models of the original Mach 1 era. The 1973 model year cars can be distinguished by a restyled grille and colour-matched high-impact bumpers. The Mustang was again available with three distinct body styles - SportsRoof, Hardtop or Convertible - and a range of engines, starting with the base 250ci six-cylinder through to 302ci or 351ci V8s. The Mach 1 pack consisted of distinctive body treatment, with a NASA bonnet scoop on cars specified with the 351ci engine, competition suspension package, whitewall tyres, blacked out grille and tail panel, the option of a vinyl roof and high-back bucket seats inside. The Mustangs built from 1971-1973 were big, bold and beautiful and represented the end of an era. Far better value than earlier Mustangs, the early ‘70s models have great appeal, both visually and from behind the wheel.