The introduction of the Mach 1 Mustang in 1969 was a tremendous success. The Mach 1 replaced the ’68 GT as the showcase performance Mustang. Yes, the Boss 429 and Boss 302 would debut in 1969, but the Mach 1 was the frontline performance Mustang.
The SportsRoof fastback styling was a big hit on all the models that featured it. The Mach 1 could be ordered with two 351 Windsor engines, a 320 hp 390, or one of two 428CJ engines. The 428CJ was differentiated between Ram Air (“R” engine code) and non-Ram Air (“Q” code) versions, although both were rated at 335 horsepower.
The 72,450 that were produced in 1969 is evidence of the Mach 1’s popularity. The production total for versions of the 428CJ was 13,193, of which most found their way into Mach 1 Mustangs. The all-important fifth digit of the dashboard VIN tag is “R”, which decodes to a 428CJ-R (Ram Air 335 hp). Reading from left to right, the “9” means 1969; the first “R” means San Jose, CA assembly plant; the “02” means fastback body style; the second “R” means 428CJ-R; and the rest of the numbers are the consecutive unit number.
The star of our photo walk-around belongs to Rick Parker of Columbus, Ohio. Rick owns Signature Auto Classics. It is a very correct 428CJ-R with an automatic transmission. It has power steering, power disc brakes, and Stereosonic radio/8-track tape player.
Take a look at Rick’s stunning ’69 Mach 1.
The 1969 Mach 1 two-door fastback body style 63C is one of Ford’s most timeless designs. The fastback is also known by the SportsRoof moniker. The straight profile is a particularly handsome view. Dual color-keyed racing mirrors were part of the Mach 1 package.
The 428 Cobra Jet Ram Air engine had a radically new air cleaner known as a Shaker hood scoop. The functional scoop operates on engine vacuum. Ram Air equipped 428CJ engines came with finned aluminum valve covers. Non-Ram Air 428CJ engines have chrome valve covers. A correct Mach 1 will have Autolite electrical components throughout the engine compartment.
The Shaker hood scoop protrudes through the opening in the hood. Cobra Jet script on each side announces that this is no mild-mannered Mustang.
The racing-inspired hood pins serve as added security for the standard hood latch. The pins are attached to plastic covered cables. Note the border stripe for the low gloss black hood.
The reflective Mach 1 side stripe was available in black with gold (shown), red with gold or gold with white depending on the color of the car. Note the bright rocker panel molding. The chrome Styled Steel wheels came with plain hubcaps. As shown here, the 428 CJ equipped cars came with F70-14 Polyglas tires. Cars with non-Cobra Jet engines used E70-14 tires.
The stripe ran across the rear deck lid/spoiler, but the letters were cut out to reveal the body color. The dual exhaust system has chrome double tips on each side.
The pop-open gas cap is hinged at the bottom.
The Mach 1 had non-functional quarter panel scoops, as did all other SportsRoof models except for the Boss 302.
The seats are high back buckets with “Comfortweave” knitted vinyl inserts and red trim inserts. The outer seat bolsters are solid vinyl.
The bright red color of the seat insert was repeated in the front and rear sewn-in floor mats. As part of the Deluxe Interior Group these cars had an extra 55 pounds of insulation.
Also part of the Deluxe Interior Group was the three-spoke rim-blow steering wheel. Notice the simulated wood grain inserts surrounding the gauges on the dual-pod dashboard.
The simulated wood grain appliqués surrounded an electric clock and Mach 1 emblem on the passenger side of the dashboard.
The auxiliary oil cooler meant that both horns had to be mounted on the passenger side of the Mach 1. This auxiliary oil cooler is a very important item on an original 1969 Mach 1. The presence of the oil cooler means this was an original 428CJ-R car.
NATIONAL PARTS DEPOT
It’s a very fortunate person that finds a ’69 Mach 1 (or any other first generation SportsRoof Mustang) that is 100% complete and in great shape. Most cars have lots of compromises caused by decades of wear and tear. The good news is that a little time spent with a free National Parts Depot Mustang catalog or on their website, www.nationalpartsdepot.com, should put you in touch with a huge array of high quality reproduction Mustang parts.
Shown here are ’69-’70 Mustang SportsRoof options that everyone wishes came with their car, but few did. The NPD ’69-’70 rear window louvers (PN 44268-3B) match the OEM Ford parts in both construction and appearance. The louvers are black satin finish aluminum. The curvature, styling, and hardware all duplicate the original slats. All the necessary hardware is included.
The rear deck spoiler (PN 44210-1 for ’69-’70 Mustangs and PN 44210-2 for ’71-’73 cars) is an accurate reproduction, because NPD found several new old stock spoilers and used them as benchmarks for their spoilers.
Modern construction methods yielded a lightweight black ABS plastic spoiler (with a foam core) that has a smooth surface finish. The die cast spoiler pedestals are duplicates of the originals. All the necessary hardware is included.