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August 27, 2013

Now that we are approaching the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, Ford has been reaching into the old archives and resurfacing gems such as this 1966 Mach 1 concept. This is what the Mach 1 Mustang could have turned into if Ford followed through with this concept.

The 1966 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Concept was a two-seater, sporting a chopped roof with the rear pillars featuring a flip-open race-style gas cap. Check out the flanks of this Mach 1 concept and you’ll see larger-than-life air scoops. Running pony tri-bar emblems grace the rear fenders. The sloped rear seen here featured a hatchback, a feature that wasn’t seen until the 1974 Mustang II.

As you know, the 1969 Mach 1 looked nothing like the concept shown here. The actual production Mach 1 came in “Sportsroof” only (previously known as the “Fastback”). The Mach 1 was never offered in a convertible or coupe version, but many vintage Mustangs have been styled by their owners to look like the mighty Mach 1.

The production Mach 1 featured many visual cues that are not seen in the concept. For visual mods the hood was painted matte black and tied down with hood pins. It featured a hood scoop with an optional shaker scoop, complete suspension, pop-open chrome gas cap, revised wheels wrapped with white-letter Goodyear Polyglas tires, chrome exhaust tips (except on the 351W 2V), deluxe interior, optional chin spoiler, rear deck spoiler, and rear window louvers. The actual ’69 Mach 1 featured a 250 hp, 351 Windsor V-8 or a 335 hp, 428 Cobra Jet V-8 engine.

How do you feel about the Mach 1 that never was?

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