Ever since the official re-conjuring of the Mustang Bullitt for the 2019 pony lineup (unveiled at the North American International Auto Show this past January), the rumor mill has been churning up every conceivable nameplate for the next specialty mustang to be released into the Ford corral.
Various websites have been reporting a new mustang prototype galloping around Dearborn Heights as of recent. But just before the novelty and nostalgia of the Bullitt return can settle in as a reality, Ford has begun to tease us with the possibility of another bucking mule. Online spy shots show a similar body style to the current 2018, but cloaks the rear fascia and wheel braking system. This has sparked redirected speculation and new debate: 'What is to come next?'
The Mach 1 was last seen in 2004 and is likely most due for a revival, as it is perpetually adopted by mustang enthusiasts and has successfully survived multiple generations.
Since resurrecting heritage models seems to become a fashionable car industry craze, it may be prudent to bet on the return of the Mach 1 signature foremost. The Mach 1 was last seen in 2004 and is likely most due for a revival, as it is perpetually adopted by mustang enthusiasts and has successfully survived multiple generations. The re-introduction of a mustang with a shaker hood scoop, matte black stripping, factory hood pins, and marquee tailback spoiler is all too tantalizing for us. But remember, the Dark Highland Green Bullitt was not the only mustang to secure its place into move history and fan lore. The Bright Red 1971 Mach 1 pony was seen galloping on only two shoes when driven by James Bond in 'Diamonds are Forever.' Could we see Sean Connery repeat the stunt with a novel Mach 1 reveal at the 2018 London Motor Show? While the later is unlikely, the foremost of a Mach 1 revival could become reality.
The Bright Red 1971 Mach 1 pony was seen galloping on only two shoes when driven by James Bond in 'Diamonds are Forever.' Could we see Sean Connery repeat the stunt with a novel Mach 1 reveal at the 2018 London Motor Show?
Other contenders are the BOSS 302 and 429 badges. The 302 lineup was among the last of the 5th generation stangs (2012-2013) that pushed the envelope of the solid rear axle to new heights. This 429 only saw production from 1969-1970 and was limited to only 1,358. Logic would dictate that 429 would have a shot at a second run, but likely limited again, in order to keep the bloodline pure. Have it either way, the new S550 platform is an excellent launching pad for either of these proven racing breeds.
Is it crazy to think Ford would supplement the Bullitt launch with another mustang icon in 2019? It might not be that far fetched. Introducing another model into 2019 production may not exist to reinvigorate the already successful 6th mustang generation, but rather serve to expand its overall growing success with the global market; in addition to filling the racing niche between the GT Performance Package and Shelbys. While my crystal ball is hazy at the moment, I expect Ford to make an announcement late this year to coincide with the quinquagenarian birthdays of both the Mach 1 and BOSS 302/429. Regardless of Ford's decision, it will be interesting to see if this renewed nameplate will offer the 1st ever production of its right hand drive, or remain exclusive to North American buyers.