How Has the Body Style of Ford's Mustang Mach 1 Changed Since 1969?


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Between its first incarnation in 1969 and its last in 2004, the Ford Mustang Mach 1's body style has only changed superficially. The car has remained a two-door coupe through every incarnation, though the body itself gradually developed rounder edges, and the headlights changed from forward facing round lights to rectangular wraparound ones.

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The most defining feature of the original 1969 Mach 1 body style is its Sportsroof style, with the roofline continuing all the way down to the back of the car. This feature continued through each Mach 1 model, as did the elongated hood, though the 2003-2004 versions featuree a rounder, slightly shorter hood and a higher angle Sportsroof. The 1971 to 1973 Mustangs were the first to feature the option of a dual scoop hood. This feature was made available as either a purely visual or fully functional option.

After the 1974-78 Mustang II Mach 1 models, the Mach 1 did not resurface until 2003, this time with much more drastic body design changes. Little of the body style of previous Mach 1s remains in the 2003-2004 version outside the basic two-door coupe design. Contrasting with the square-sleek shape of the original Mach 1, the 2003-2004 version has rounder edges and resembles a bullet.

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