2021 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 S-Code Fastback (RHD)
|Engine||390ci 4V V8|
|Gearbox||Three-speed C6 automatic|
|Colour||Candy Apple Red|
|Wheels||Styled steel sports|
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Launched in mid-1964, Ford hit on a winning formula with the first-generation Mustang and it was soon selling like hot cakes, becoming one of the most successful model launches in American automotive history. Based on the compact Falcon platform, the Mustang featured a sexy new body and a vast array of engine and transmission options, giving birth to a whole new market segment known as ‘pony cars’. Facing stiff competition from a new generation of rivals from Chevrolet and Plymouth in 1967, Ford stuck to its winning formula, making only evolutionary changes to the original design. In 1969 the styling underwent the most comprehensive overhaul yet, reflecting the trend towards larger cars across the board. Once again sold as a two-door hardtop coupe, convertible or fastback, the latter was restyled under Larry Shinoda’s direction and billed as the ‘Sportsroof’. Introduced in 1969 and based on the Sportsroof, the Mach 1 package had effectively taken the place of the GT, adding a long list of exterior and interior upgrades to the Mustang. For 1970 a revised grille with twin driving lights, aluminium rocker moldings and revised paintwork and graphics were among the new features added to the Mach 1, with the 351ci V8 as standard. For many enthusiasts, the 1969 and their mildly restyled 1970 cousins represent the final year of the original and true Mustangs, which saw a gradual decline thereafter thanks to emissions, the fuel crisis and model downsizing. Those concerns were only addressed by the advent of the current generation of Mustangs, which ironically and not coincidentally take their styling cues from those 1969/1970 models.