Wicked 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Plays All the Right Tunes

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Second-generation Mustang Mach 1 doesn’t need a fancy stereo. Its rear pipes play our favorite kind of music.

The simple things in life can bring so much joy. A hot shower in the morning can be the start of a great day. Kind words can put a smile on your face. At its core, the Ford Mustang is all about joyful simplicity. It’s grown more sophisticated and technologically advanced in the past 54 years. It can handle curves with an ability once only associated with European cars. But none of that changes the fact that going fast in a straight line in a Mustang – whether it’s a GT, Bullitt, California Special, or Mach 1 – is pure bliss.

Even when it’s not moving, the white and blue ’72 Mach 1 in this video from YouTuber Retro Classic Car is a treat. It looks as if it was buried in a giant time capsule. The white paint is pristine. The stripes are true and blue. Whoever owns this second-generation Mach 1 didn’t fowl it up with garish aftermarket wheels or tastelessly low-profile tires. It looks fresh and hungry for asphalt.

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That’s the good news and there is no bad news because this Mach 1 sounds even better than it looks. No word on which code the 351 Cleveland in this beaut of a brute has, but that doesn’t really matter. There’s still 5.8 liters of American firepower under the dual-scoop hood. At idle, the V8 sounds as if it’s waiting to unleash a pent-up rage. With each blip of the throttle, it gets closer to letting out its anger on the road. It fires an angry, metallic roar of out the rear pipes. When the moment of violent catharsis comes, the rear tires scream in pain, leaving behind streaks of rubber as the Cleveland yanks them and the rest of the Mustang with it down the road. The Mach 1 tears down the country lane, the 351 blaring the entire way.

mustangforums.com 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback

The footage may not show the newest Mustang or the fastest one out there, but it shows a handsome classic doing what we all love seeing (and making) a Mustang do. It’s satisfying to watch – pure and simple.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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