2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1
When Ford introduced the Mustang in 1964, it forced its main competitor, Chevrolet, to get to work. Chevrolet responded quickly with the Camaro in 1967. From then on, a merciless battle between the two brands debuted, a conflict that remains today as these eternal rivals continue to offer their two flagship models.
While the Chevrolet Camaro was taking its first steps and was making headlines because of its performance and handling, Ford was working on a version that would push the boundaries in ths segment, of course if we exclude everything with a Shelby badge. In 1968, the Dearborn company announced the arrival of a Mach 1 livery. This was added to a very impressive lineup for 1969 which included the GT, the Boss 302, the Boss 429 as well as the Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500. The popularity of the Mach 1 would mean the end of the road for the GT that disappeared the following year.
The legend, from yesteryear until now
In 2003, Ford decided to pay homage to the original model by adding a Mach 1 version to the Mustang family. The latter offered fans a golden opportunity to go back in time with a modern car carrying elements that gave birth to the mythical model. For example, there is a functional Shaker hood inspired by the original plans, as well as the original Mach 1 signature : there is a matt black racing stripe, a black front splitter at the front, a spoiler (also black), side air intakes and five-spoke rims. Ford even offered in 2003 classic colors that were offered back in the day. Mechanically, the modern Mustang Mach 1, which was introduced in 2003 and 2004, boasted a 4.6-liter V8 engine that was delivering 305 horsepower and 320 foot-pounds of torque with the help of some modifications performed to the internals of the engine as well as the exhaust system. As with all variations of the model, special attention was given to the exhaust system, which delivers an intoxicating sound.
The gearbox is manual and has five gears. The modern Mustang Mach 1 also benefits from a reinforced suspension that allows it to remain more stable on the road. Brembo disc brakes with a 13-inch diameter are remarkable at the front while 11.6-inch ventilated discs sit at the rear. A total of 7,182 Mach 1 were assembled and only 2513 came out of the factory in this shade of red. As for this one, it’s never been registered. If you missed your chance in 2003, here’s an unexpected second chance to get it.
|Type||Classic cars, Muscle cars|
|Engine||4.6L V8 32 valves|