If you see it, get out of the way.
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 proved a success for the automaker at the tail-end of the 1960s, introducing a performance variant to an already well-received range. Over the years, Mustangs and rival muscle cars have often been tuned to deliver even more scorching performance, but few could have imagined a 1,000-hp tune in a car that's half a century old.
That's what the guys at Classic Recreations in Oklahoma ended up with when they began their 'Hitman' build on a '69 Mach 1. Originally fitted with a 286-bhp (290-hp) V8, a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with two Garret turbochargers and a special ECU job resulted in a power hike to 1,000 hp, eclipsing even the current Mustang Shelby GT500. If this were a facelift, the marketing department would be able to put "a power increase of 245 percent" in their glossy brochures.
The revitalized Mach 1 also gets 315-section Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, with the pair at the back tasked with handling that monstrous power output. A Tremec six-speed manual gearbox is used. You can't labor an old Mustang with that much power and expect the rest of its components to keep up, though, so the tuners also added a coilover suspension, front/rear anti-roll bars, and more powerful Wilwood brakes with six pistons.
Thankfully, the gorgeous bodywork of the original wasn't molested with excessive intakes and flairs. The two-tone paintwork and lightweight wheels measuring 18-inches are the only embellishments needed when the basic proportions are just so spot-on.
Inside, reminders that this isn't an untouched original are the five-point harnesses and fresher gauges, but the thin-rimmed wooden steering wheel uncorrupted by a gazillion cruise control and stereo buttons is an undeniable throwback. Performance figures haven't been revealed for this brute, but we imagine that it would be hard to see this Mach 1 blasting off the mark when so much smoke is bound to be elicited from those rear wheels as they battle for traction.