This ’69 Mustang Mach 1 packs a 1,000-horsepower kick

Twin-turbocharged Coyote V8 gives ‘Hitman’ a real punch

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There's 1,000 twin-turbocharged horsepower beneath the hood of the 'Hitman" 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 | Classic Recreations photos

If you bought a Ford Mustang Mach 1 back in 1969, you spent around $3,125 for a souped-up pony car powered by a 351cid carbureted V8 engine that pumped out 250 horsepower. Or for another $26, you could opt for a four-barrel intake rated at 290. Or, for $357, you could equip your Mach 1 with a 428cid Cobra Jet V8 with Ram Air setup good for 335 horsepower.

That was a hot set up 50 years — yes, half a century — ago. 

But that was then and this is now, and while you might still like the look of that vintage fastback Mustang, even 335 horsepower just doesn’t cut it. 

There are, however, folks out there eager to provide you with the vintage look but with modern technology, folks such as Classic Recreations of Yukon, Oklahoma, which recently completed the custom build if the “Hitman” 1969 Mustang Mach 1 for a customer.

Classic Recreations is licensed by Ford to produce re-creations and continuation cars, and it’s turn-key 1969 or 1970 Mustang Mach 1 build, using either a vintage body or a new reproduction and fuel-injected Ford crate engine, starts at $169,000. 

That may be the starting point, but the customer who had the company build “Hitman” wanted something even more special, which explains such things as the twin-turbocharged Ford Coyote V8 that produces 1,000 horsepower.

A photo taken during the build process\

The power moves to the pavement through a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission to a 9-inch rear with Posi-Traction. While the sheetmetal is vintage 1969, the car features coilover front and rear suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, 6-piston Wilwood brakes, 18-inch American Racing Wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

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Inside the air-conditioned cockpit is a modern audio system, 5-point restraints and roll bar. 

The car wears a two-tone gray-and-black color scheme. 

“The Classic Recreations Mustang Mach 1 is a bespoke vehicle, custom-built to its owner’s wishes,” Classic Recreations notes in its news release about ‘Hitman.’ Whether a Mach 1 leaves the shop as a period-correct re-creation or as a resto-mod loosely based on the original car, the final product is fully dependent on the customer’s desire.”

For more information, visit the Classic Recreations website.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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