Wicked 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Plays All the Right Tunes
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.
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.
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.