West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptional example of this very rare and highly factory optioned 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet 335HP Ram Air V8 'R' Code Sportsroof with a Deluxe Marti Report and refinished in Ford period correct 'Indian Fire Red Metallic' factory color from it's original 'Black Jade' with it's original 'Black Knit Vinyl Mach 1 Hi-Back Bucket Seats' interior and loaded with factory options including Visibility Group, Power Front Disc Brakes, Power Steering, Tinted Glass and which was built and born with:
428/335HP CJ Ram Air 4V V8 engine ($357.46) C-6 Select Shift 'Cruise-O-Matic' Automatic transmission ($222.08) Power Steering ($94.95) Power Front Disc Brakes ($64.77) Stereosonic Tape System ($133.84) Tinted Glass ($32.44) 3.50 Conventional Rear Axle Visibility Group ($11.16) Blackout hood treatment, Black Clarion Knit/Corinthian Vinyl Mach 1 Bucket Seats Luxury interior, Shaker Hood Scoop, Racing Hood Pins, Tachometer Body side & rear deck tape stripe, Deluxe 3-spoke Rim-Blow wooden steering wheel, Molded door panels with simulated wood grain inserts and courtesy lights, Simulated wood-grain instrument panel appliques, Chrome styled steel wheels, Handling Suspension, NVH Sound Package Visibility Group White Sidewall Tires Color keyed racing mirrors, Color keyed carpeting, Power Front Disc Brakes, AM Radio, Intermittent Windshield Wipers, Deluxe Belts, Warning Lights, Electric clock, Bright pedal pads, Tinted Glass - Complete, Pop-open gas cap, Instrument Gauges, Rear Deck Lid Tape Stripe, Dual exhaust, Bright Rocker Panel Molding.
The car was produced on December 2nd, 1968 and originally delivered to the 'Jack Dykstra Ford' dealership of Lansing, MI and sold on 12/5/1968. This is a rare example of only 5,194 cars built with these engine & transmission codes. There are no signs of any significant accidents or rust and the car has very straight body with solid doors underneath and undercarriage. The car was repainted to a period correct and very striking and desirable 'Indian Fire Red' color and will be sold with it's original dealer invoice and window sticker and a copy of the Deluxe Marti Report. The car boasts both its original Vin tag still present as well as the car's original door tag. Originally ordered at 'Jack Dykstra Ford' of Lansing, MI with options on this 'R' code Mustang totally over $4k.
The Mach 1 debuted in 1969 as the mainstream high performance Mustang, taking over from the GT. Two and four barrel 351's were offered plus the four barrel 390 and the 428 CJ and CJ-Ram-Air. Unlike the GT option, the Mach 1 model included a special interior that featured many of the Deluxe decor Group items plus high back bucket seats and special carpet. The Mach 1's original recipe was simple: It started with a V8 powered 'Sportsroof' body and added numerous visual and performance enhancing options which the car proudly boasts including the Blackout hood treatment with hood pins, hood scoop (including optional Ram Air Shaker scoop), competition suspension, chrome pop-open gas cap, Magnum 500 wheels, chrome exhaust tips, deluxe interior with in dash tachometer, dual color keyed racing mirrors, unmissable livery and chin spoiler and rear deck spoiler.
Through 1968 the Shelby's had been recognized as racier looking Mustangs with higher output V8's but in 1969, as Shelby began using their own unique fiberglass front ends, Ford began a 'duplication of effort' and responded with the Boss Fastbacks and Mach 1's to compete against the higher priced Shelby's. The optional and top-of-the-line rarely ordered 428 Cobra Jet 'Big Block' Ram Air engine was the ultimate incarnation of the Mach 1 and in Mustang enthusiast circles the 428 CJ is legendary for grabbing the Stock Eliminator title at the 1970 National Hot Rod Association Winternationals. This was the race of the year for high performance enthusiasts and the 428 CJ was the winner that season. In his book 'Fast Mustang', marque expert Alex Gabbard observed that 'The 428 Cobra Jet engine has been called the fastest running pure stock engine in the history of man!"
Standard on Mach 1s was a fierce but cosmetic hood scoop that had integrated turn-signal lights mounted in the back. A more functional option was the signature 'Shaker Hood' with an air scoop mounted directly to the top of the motor, used to collect fresh air and so named for its tendency to "shake" above the rumbling V-8 below. The interior came complete with teak wood grain details, full sound deadening material and high-back sport bucket seats. This particular example has the optional shaker hood scoop that attaches to the top of the engine air cleaner and protrudes up through a cutout in the hood. The scoop is functional, operating on engine vacuum - a vacuum valve inside the scoop opens the air inlet valve when the engine vacuum drops during acceleration; at idle and low speed operation the inlet valve remains closed but opens when the engine is shut off. The cold air introduced into the engine through this functional hood air scoop provides more efficient operation and a measurable increase in horsepower. The amount of increase depends on the temperature differential between the under hood temperature and the ambient air.
This particular example turns heads wherever she goes in it's 1969 Ford 'Indian Fire Red Metallic' paint which when matched to the 'Black' interior is even more striking and a real head turner! The engine is extremely strong and responsive and sounds absolutely magnificent and the transmission shifts smoothly through the gears and the engine temperature always remains cool. This must be one of the finest highly optioned example's of a 1969 Ford Mustang 428/335HP 4V V8 Cobra Jet Ram Air Mach 1 Fastback in turn-key and daily head-turning condition of an all time classic America muscle car icon!