1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The history of the Ford Mustang is well known (visit the first generation Mustangs on display in this museum to learn their story). For 1971, the Mustang underwent a complete redesign and grew bigger in every way. Compared to the first generation model, the second generation was 7.1 inches longer, 6.8 inches wider and 500 pounds heavier. Mostly it seemed bulkier, and hardtops had a high trunk and a tunnel back window.
The Mach I was a performance oriented package of the Mustang and was introduced in August 1968 and ran until 1978 (it reemerged in early 2000‘s via Ford’s Heritage program). The Mach I used a different grille than the regular Mustangs. They also had a urethane-covered bumper in body color, two driving lights in the grille and non-functional air vents. The hood and the lower body were black or silver, depending on the body color. Interior decor featured wood applique, molded door panels and knitted vinyl high-back buckets. Stripes and Mach 1 decals were applied to the exterior side panels. Also, the Mach 1 package was only available in the SportsRoof body style (previously known as the Fastback), never on the hardtop or convertible.
Many restomod’s have since been performed by owners and enthusiasts, but are not Mach I’s by VIN code. Mustang sales in 1971 were 149,678 units. Of that, 36,449 were Mach I cars. This particular Mach I was donated to the museum in October 2017 by Joseph Ruffner of Ventura. It is an excellent running car, and promotes the museum at various car shows and events throughout the year. We are glad to have it as part of our permanent collection.