• The original Ford Mustang Mach 1 was launched globally in 1969.
• Ford collector and dealership owner, Colin Lazarus, owns a 1971 Mustang Mach 1, powered by a 7.0-litre V8 engine.
• The 2021 version draws many styling and performance cues from the original Mach 1.
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Muscle cars don't come more iconic than the Mustang. South Africa had long been deprived of the performance icon ever since it debuted globally in 1964. Over the following few years, a very small number of Pony cars made their way to the country.
The Mustang name has seen numerous versions birthed over its lifetime, and one of them is the Mach 1 that first launched globally in 1969. Fast-forward to the present, and Ford South Africa just recently launched the 2021 rendition of the performance icon.
All 90 models allocated to the country - priced at R1.1-million for the six-speed manual and R1.2-million for the 10-speed automatic - has already found new homes.
Old meets new
Present at the local launch of the new Mach 1 was a pristine 1971 left-hand-drive version that belongs to Ford collector and dealership owner Colin Lazarus. It is powered by a 7.0-litre V8 engine that produces 250kW and sends 597Nm to the rear wheels.
The new version also employs a V8 engine, though smaller in size at 5.0-litres, but produces 338kW and 529Nm.
Ford collector and owner of Lazarus Motor Company in Centurion, Gauteng, says: "By amazing coincidence, my vintage silver Mach 1 arrived on the same boat as my late father's yellow one back in 1971. My father's one was fitted with the smaller 351 cubic inch (5.7-litre) engine, but the one that I now own has a bigger 428 ci (7.0-litre) V8 motor."
Lazarus has been unable to find his father's Mach 1 after it was sold, though he did manage to find the silver Mach 1 eight years ago and, after a long wait, took ownership in 2020.
Lazarus says: "I still haven't driven it. It has only done 24 000 miles (38 624km), and I have all the original papers for the car. With the launch of the new Mach 1, it made a lot of sense to keep it, and having them together for the local media launch is a celebration."
Engine and Transmission:
7.0-litre V8, 16-valve, normally aspirated
250kW and 597Nm
4-speed automatic, Rear-wheel-drive
0-100km/h in under 7-seconds (claimed)
Length: 4 760mm
Width: 1 821mm
Height: 1 285mm
Wheelbase: 2 743mm