The Mach 40 was designed to be a car that could have been built when the original Mustang Mach 1 was designed. The major exceptions were that it would use low profile tires and an engine computer that weren’t available in 1969; Minor exceptions were LED tail lights, carbon fiber substrates in the interior, and a touch screen audio system. As the name suggests, it would be a combination of Mach 1 and GT40 styling, and a GT40 inspired, mid-engine power train. Its basic type would be what is now called a Pro Touring car, with a clean, understated visual design, and “high spec.” performance characteristics. Almost 300,000 Mustangs were built in 1969, and Mustangs are one of the most commonly modified vehicles in the world. A goal for the Mach 40 was that it be noticeably different from any other Mustang, but still resemble a 1969 Mach 1.
The project started with a Mach 1 Mustang, but very little (possibly 10%) of the original car was kept, and what was kept was extensively modified. The new metal was shaped to be low like a GT 40 and have open wheel wells like a modern Mustang. It is 4 inches wider and 10 inches lower than a stock Mach 1. The engine, trans-axle, and shifter came from a 2006 Ford GT, and they are the only Ford GT parts on the car.
This three year build was done by the team at Eckerts Rod & Custom Inc.
Special Thanks to:
Mike Miernik - Miernik designs for the wheel, exterior and interior designs
Colton Hardison - Hardison Metal shaping
The team at Griffin Interiors
Ben Conley - Bens Custom Paint
Brad White - City Machine shop
Last but not least the owner of this beautiful MACH FORTY.