A legendary name might be accompanying the redesigned, 2015 Mustang when it finally makes its world debut - Mach 1. Stumbled upon by the team at Ford Authority, the Mach 1 title was found in a trademark filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and would revive a name last used on the fourth-generation, 2003 Mustang.

While the the 2003 vintage was well and good, the Mach 1 is really remembered for a three-year run from 1969 to 1971 - it's best to just forget the emissions-choked 1972 to 1978 Mach 1s - when power output ranged from a modest 250 horsepower with the two-barrel, 351-cubic-inch Windsor V8 to "375 hp" (actual output was rumored to be well north of 400 horsepower) with the righteous, 429-cubic-inch Super Cobra Jet V8.

What does the title hold for the sixth-generation Mustang? It's tough to say. The fanatics at Ford Authority seem to think Mach 1 could take the place of the Shelby GT500 at the top of the Mustang hierarchy, which sounds like a valid argument. At the same time, we could see the SVT Cobra moniker returning for the flagship model, and the Mach 1 doing battle with the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (unless the Boss 302 were to return). Confounding things is the historical precedent - the Mach 1 was responsible for the death of the Mustang GT in 1969, so it might make sense as a volume performance model.

While we can speculate until we're blue in the face, the only thing we know for certain is that all should be revealed when the Mustang finally debuts in December. Until then, let us know where the Mach 1 would be of the most use in the Mustang lineup by having your say in Comments.


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      XDoctor
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...possibly for Mustang." In related news, I'm going to go get a cup of coffee. Possibly for drinking.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do they need to trademark it? The name is pretty much synonymous with Mustangs, so any other company would have to be out of their mind to try and use it. There'd be somewhat of an outcry, like the one there would have been if Mitsubishi had shipped the Mitsubishi GTO here without changing its name to 3000GT in this market.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
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      FRD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mustang Mach 1, I would like to see it, hope they do it right.
      Matt S
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will eat my hat if Ford makes a true liftback Mach 1 Mustang. I will also save up money and try to buy one.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      My guess is just to keep its trademark on the name. I cannot see the Mach 1 going up against the Z/28, it was always more of a straight line car. I actually don't see Ford ever going after the Z/28, that car is meant to be trailered to the track and raced and extremely niche. I could perhaps see the GT becoming a TT V6 (400hp-ish), the Mach 1 using an uprated 5.0 (480hp-ish) and Cobra using a forced induction 5.0 (600hp-ish).
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        With a lot less weight and IRS, you bet the new Mustang is going to go after the Z/28 on track territory.
        stonehunte
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        I sure hope they don't make the GT only available with a V6 (snails or not), I'll be forced to boycott mustangs from then on. The GT has to have the V8 sound and feel, it shouldn't sound like a honda and be a torqueless laggy wonder until you get in the boost.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @stonehunte
          One of the first things Team SVT said about the new Mustang is that the 5.8L won't fit in the engine bay and the hood will not clear it.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @stonehunte
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          Rob
          • 1 Year Ago
          @stonehunte
          Matt-I thought that too. But after digging around for a bit I can't find where Ford or SVT ever actually said that. All that talk seems to stem from auto mags and message boards, mostly due to the under hood spy shots. If you could find a Ford press release, please link it cause I haven't been able to find it. I don't think hood clearance would really be an issue, they can slap a taller, domed hood on. The real issue would be (like I said above) the spy shot shows the 5.0 pushed back with the back of the motor under the cowl. Not to date myself too much, but back in the day, the 2000 Cobra R that 1st saw the 5.4 motor used mounts that allowed to 5.4 to sit 12mm lower, plus a domed hood to allow proper clearance so its not like SVT hasn't engineered some things to get the motor to fit before. Regardless of my BS, it's highly unlikely to return as I'm in agreement with others that the next top motor will likely be a turbo 5.0. But Ford has been really tight lipped about anything and everything 2015, we don't know what it looks like and only know it will have IRS and a 5.0 for sure.
        Tommy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        The z28 can be driven to the track, win and driven home ALL DAY LONG Geez
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        Ford won't need a stripped out dedicated model to beat the Z/28. That's what I mean by 'not going up against the Z/28'. If the GT comes to us with about 475 hp and 3400lbs I would expect the "track pack" model to be damn near capable of hunting down Z/28's. It will do this and be a daily driver, which GM openly admits the Z/28 is not a daily driver. You won't want to drive that car too and from. If Ford does build something in the fashion of the Z/28, I would expect it to carry a Cobra R badge, have no back seats, radio, sound deadening, A/C, a substantial power boost, 21 gallon fuel cell, added downforce and side pipes that **** out Z/28's and ZO6's and make Viper drivers blush.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob
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      rcavaretti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quick show of hands here...who was even born when Fords with 'Mach 1' decals on them were being driven? What age group are they trying to market to? These are serious questions.
        the.fog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        People like me (31). Millennials are MUCH more enamored with classics than most people think.
          EXP Jawa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @the.fog
          Same boat here. My father remembers the originals, but there are a lot of folks in this age group that would interested in a combination of heritage and modern performance. I think Ford has plugged into that rather successfully with Mustang over the years.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        I was born in 1980-- 2 years after Ford stopped putting those decals on the laughably underpowered Mustang II (yes, they had Mach 1 Mustang II's) and I was 24 when they put it on the later model. Don't know what that has to do with anything.... I just bought a 1970 Mach 1 to restore a few weeks ago, so my guess is they're looking to market to anyone who is 16-100 that likes high performance Mustangs?
          ngiotta
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ngiotta
          You wouldn't be jealous if you saw the amount of replacement panels I have to buy.... I guess that's why it was only $4,500. =) I've got a turbocharged 427 small block to put in it (big bore Dart) when it's ready. Should be a hoot.
          bullitt2605
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ngiotta
          Good luck with the restoration I am jealous!
          bullitt2605
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ngiotta
          Yeah well as long as you have the time and patience it will be worth it in the end.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        As a child of the 90s and 2000s, I was obsessed with the muscle cars of the 60s and early 70s because of most of the cars of my generation left a lot to be desired from an aesthetics standpoint, and I was never much of an import guy. Don't get me wrong, a Fox Body 5.0, or SN-95 GT will get my attention, but not in the same that a 1965-1973 Mustang does. People like cars for different reasons, and it's not just about what you grew up with. If that were the case then there would be a lot more cars from the 70s, 80, and 90s going up in value and being restored.
        SteveM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        I was... lusted for them then, and still do. Now I have the income to actually get one new if I wanted to. It's a fair question though.
        Patrick Schultz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rcavaretti
        Uh there were mach 1 mustangs in 2004... So anybody over the age of 9 technically
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      no standard renewal.
      ramairjer
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can't TM a name and then "warehouse" (not use) it. Ford will be making something new called a Mach 1.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ramairjer
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      Vergenbuurg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just keep it away guys in gray wigs, Cadillacs on the freeway, and [expletive] poles!
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would be odd for the new Mustang, which is going to be smaller, lighter and more nimble to carry the name of the Mach 1, a car designed to carry that big 429, but in doing so became enormous, much heavier, and essentially a failure due to the oil embargo.
        the.fog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        1) The original Mach 1 became bigger because of marketing, NOT because of engines. 2) The Mach 1 was BY NO MEANS a failure.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @the.fog
          The longer hood was very much and engineering decision to get a bigger engine. You could drop a big block into a 68, but it was very difficult to service. Not a failure? It only lasted 5 years, in such time they had 3 designs, before they had to call it quits and compete with smaller more efficient cars like the Corolla with the much maligned Mustang II. They never got the sales they expected out of the Mach I and they lost money. Today, nearly every classic Mustang you see today is from the golden era, 64-68. You see a few 69s and 70s, but they are much more rare. The long hooded 71-73 was a piece of crap rust bucket. If you see one today, it's likely in that condition.
        johnb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        I believe most mach 1's used smallblock 351's and the 351 clevelands. they were gone before the oil crisis.
          ngiotta
          • 1 Year Ago
          @johnb
          That is correct. 69-70 Mach 1's came with a: 351W, 351C, 390 and 428 (both flavors). 71-72 Mach 1's came with a: 302 (I think), 351W, 351C and 429.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @johnb
          That's because nearly nobody bought the larger engine it was designed for and that Ford was hoping to make the profit from.
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          @johnb
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        Cyrus Brooks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        The Mach 1 was introduced in 1969 powered by 351W or 428 CJ. 1970 the 351C replaced the Windsor. 71 - 73 while big and heavy still had decent performance. A 351C was still available. The 429 was only offered in 71. The oil embargo era gave us toothless MustangII Mach 1 which was a Mach 1 in name only. Only V6 was offered for 1974 and the 75 - 79 302 V8 only made 120hp....embarrassing.
      darkness
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dude brah I gotta get this stang too
      NoBoost
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree with the other comments here. This is just a trademark renewal. It doesn't mean that Ford has any plans to use the Mach 1 monitor on the 2015 model. They just don't want the mark to expire and then be picked up by someone else. Besides, I can't see Ford releasing variants the first year of a brand new model. I would think that Ford will do what they've normally done with new versions of the Mustang, release a base model and GT model. To be honest I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't have a replacement for the GT500 for 2015 but then again they are slated to built 5k of them for 2013 so maybe they will have a replacement day one.
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