1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet Is a Rare Gem in Special-Order Purple Paint

hace 5 meses - 22 diciembre 2023, autoevolution
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet Is a Rare Gem in Special-Order Purple Paint
Like most muscle cars from the golden era, the Ford Mustang was available in a wide range of flashy colors in the late 1960s.

The 1969 palette is particularly interesting, thanks to hues like Calypso Coral, Gulfstream Aqua, Lime Gold, and Grabber Blue.

Ford also had a fetish for blue at the time because the Mustang came in no fewer than eight different hues that year. If you want to check them out, they're called Silver Jade, Aztec Aqua, Gulfstream Aqua, Grabber Blue, Winter Blue, Acapulco Blue, Beatnik Blue, and Sierra Blue.

The Mustang was also dressed in pink long before Chrysler unleashed Panther Pink / Moulin Rouge as a Spring color for the 1970 model year. It happened as early as 1965, but pink was still a factory color in 1969. It was called Hot Pink, and it was a nice companion for the light purple option called Lilac Frost.

The 1969 color palette included no fewer than 38 hues, but it wasn't diverse enough to satisfy all 299,824 customers who bought a Mustang that year. Some went with special colors, and at least one buyer commissioned the company to dress a Mach 1 Cobra Jet in a very bright shade of purple. Yup, the pony you see here left the assembly line in this very unlikely color.

Documented by YouTube's "DezzysSpeedShop," this spotless Mustang is obviously the result of a thorough restoration, but it was revived to factory specs. And the purple hue detail isn't just speculation from our host or the owner; this Mach 1 has a Marty Report to prove it.

The latter documents the "5" digit on the door tag. t stands for "Special Paint," and it's further noted as "purple, Ford # WT9106 per paint chip" in the report. It's one of 1,926 Mustangs ordered with special paint in 1969, but there's no info on whether it's the only one finished in this purple or not.

But as you might have already guessed, this pony is super rare based on its options list. While it's one of 5,853 units fitted with the 428-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) Cobra Jet Ram Air V8 engine and the four-speed manual transmission, it's one of only 94 painted in a special-order color and black-out hood combo.

The white knit vinyl bucket seats narrow that number even more to just 15 examples, while the deluxe seat belts make the car one of six made like this. It's also one of four equipped with tinted glass and one of just two that also got the AM radio. Is this cool or what?

We also can't ignore the fact that it's a fully-fledged Mach 1 packing one of the most potent engines Ford offered at the time. Rated at 335 horsepower and 440 pound-feet (597 Nm) of torque, the Cobra Jet was second to only the 429-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) Boss V8 (375 horsepower) in 1969. Hit the play button below for a detailed walkaround of this purple beast. 

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