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With the sagging performance of the 390-powered Mustang on both the drag strip and the showroom floor in late 1967, Ford developed the 428 Cobra Jet engine package at the suggestion of Rhode Island high-performance Ford dealer Bob Tasca and Hot Rod magazine editor, Eric Dahlquist. Released on April 1, 1968, the reliable, high-torque 428 Cobra Jet was an inspired combination of proven and readily available high-performance components already found within Ford’s parts bin. Among them were 427 low-riser heads and 427 intake, a 735-cfm Holley four-barrel carburetor and 10.5:1 compression. Heavy-duty underpinnings included reinforced front shock towers and staggered rear shock absorbers to minimize rear-axle hop under hard acceleration.
Capable of low 14-second quarter-mile times in stock trim and mid-11s in full-on NHRA Super Stock racing tune, Cobra Jet Mustangs quickly established a fearsome reputation. In their landmark racing debut, Ford launched a massive six-car Cobra Jet assault on the 1968 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. Ford-sponsored drivers included such legends as Gas Ronda, Jerry Harvey, Hubert Platt, Don Nicholson, and Al Joniec. All six cars were race-prepped by Holman-Moody-Stroppe in Long Beach, California. A number of classes were contested, including C/Stock Automatic (C/SA), Super Stock E (SS/E), and Super Stock E Automatic (SS/EA). When the smoke cleared, four of the six Cobra Jet Mustangs reached the final rounds of their respective classes. Incredibly, the all-CJ SS/E final round found Joniec and Platt at the starting line, with Joniec taking the class victory with a 12.49-second ET, going on to win Super Stock Eliminator.
The 428 Cobra Jet was a huge success for Ford, both on-track and on the showroom floor, with the option continued for 1969 and 1970. Accompanied by a Deluxe Marti Report, this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is an exciting example of the “R-Code” Ram Air-equipped 428 CJ with just 200 miles’ use since a complete restoration was performed on this original, rust-free example. It is a very early-production vehicle, ordered through Ford’s Eastern Canada DSO (District Sales Office) on July 17, 1968 and built on September 10, 1968 at Ford’s Metuchen, New Jersey assembly plant. Interestingly, this Mach 1 was not documented as being sold until March 03, 1969 via Sud Automobiles Inc. of Longueil, near Montreal, Quebec. Factory-finished in Silver Jade (Ford Code 3230-A) paint, it was equipped with features and options including black vinyl Mach 1 high-back bucket seats, Ford’s C-6 automatic transmission, 3.50:1 Traction-Lok rear axle, the Sport Deck folding rear seat, power front disc brakes, “Shaker” hood scoop, and an AM radio. As offered, it is simply beautiful throughout and as one of the hottest Mustangs – and American factory ‘supercars’ – ever built, this R-Code 1969 Mustang Mach 1 “ticks all the boxes” for a great muscle car purchase.