1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 given 986bhp twin-turbocharged V8

A pair of turbochargers and a modern Coyote V8 turn this ’69 Ford Mustang into a near four-figure quarter-mile hero 

Shoehorning a pair of turbochargers under the bonnet of a muscle car isn’t an awfully rare sight, with the likes of Fathouse Performance tuning even the track-oriented, flat-plane crank GT350 to levels usually reserved for small-scale hypercar makers. What’s less common, though, is doing the same to a model from over half a century ago.

Assembled by Oklahoma-based Classic Recreations, the ‘Hitman’ build began with an original 1969 Mustang Mach 1 body, which was painstakingly restored to factory condition by the coachbuilder. Normality ends there, as the powertrain was next on the agenda.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

> Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 tuned to over 1000bhp with twin turbochargers 

Out went the original 286bhp, 290lb ft small block V8, and in went the 5-litre Coyote V8, a modern unit first seen in the 2011 Mustang, various other Ford products, and the one destined for the new TVR Griffith. Though respectable power can be extracted without forced induction, no custom-built muscle car would be complete without snails.

Advertisement - Article continues below

A pair of liquid-cooled Garrett turbochargers push the Coyote to just shy of 1000bhp, and to help turn that power into speed is the very latest ECU technology, for optimum traction and efficiency. Sending power to the 315-section rear Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres is a six-speed Tremec manual gearbox.

Though a twin-turbocharged, 986bhp Mustang is never going to handle like a Caterham, power steering, modern coilover suspension and Total Control anti-roll bars have been implemented front and rear, aiming to provide more desirable handling characteristics. To help bring the Mach 1 back down to sane speeds are six-piston Wilwood brakes, sitting behind 18-inch lightweight wheels on all four corners.

Custom turbo manifolds, uprated MagnaFlow mufflers and the unmistakable sound of turbochargers might give the game away, but aside from the sound, this Mustang could be mistaken for almost any other restored classic. Its two-tone grey and black paint job, OEM-style front and rear spoilers and Mach 1 badging all pay homage to the original. 

> Police-spec Dodge Charger given 1500bhp, widebody kit and AWD 

Straying a little further from standard is the (cosmetic) roll bar, pair of five-point harnesses, upgraded gauges and new speaker system, though a period-correct wooden steering wheel and gearlever keep things in check. 

No pricing information has been provided, but given the apparent polish of the build, and ability to specify almost anything one could think of, we can’t imagine Classic Recreations’ offerings come cheap.

Advertisement - Article continues below


Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Mach-E makes UK debut

14 Feb 2020
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 tuned to over 1000bhp

27 Jan 2020
Ford Mustang

Ford plans a hot Mustang Mach-E Shelby

20 Nov 2019
Ford Mustang

2020 Ford Mustang GT350R updated with performance tech from GT500

12 Aug 2019

Most Popular

used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
27 Mar 2020
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S coupe UK review

The more stylish version of eCoty 2019’s bronze medallist is as impressive on UK roads as it was overseas
28 Mar 2020
Porsche 911 Turbo

New Porsche 911 Turbo gains Lightweight and Sport packages 

The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo hasn’t been with us for long, but a raft of packages and optional extras are already in the pipeline
26 Mar 2020
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019