Before The 2021 Mach 1 Took Flight, Ford Refined Its Retro Style

When it comes to releasing hopped-up horses with years of heritage, the team at Ford knows that getting it right is in the eyes of the beholder. To ensure those discerning enthusiast eyes aren’t disappointed, the pressure is on the company’s design team. As such, the Blue Oval artists didn’t quit on the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 styling until production kicked off at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

“This team just kept pushing and pushing for perfection…” — Anthony Colard, Ford

To ensure that the Mach 1 badge stood out on some of the darker paint options, designers added a silver border (right) to the final design. (Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company)

To that end, designers tweaked a few styling elements that were previously displayed when the car was officially revealed last year. So, if you studied all the initial photos of the new Mach 1, you might notice a few subtle changes on the production machines — including freshened badges, a new lower grille finish, and restyled fender stripes.

With an eye toward amping up the aggression of the front fascia, designers decided to switch the lower grille’s color from Magnetic Gray (left) to low-gloss black.

“With any program, you want everything to be perfect, but when you’re bringing back a classic like Mach 1, it is imperative,” Anthony Colard, senior advanced designer, explained. “This team just kept pushing and pushing for perfection.”

If that commitment to the car’s ethos is any indication of the company’s dedication to creating the “pinnacle of Mustang 5.0-liter V8 style and performance,” the latest iteration of the Mach 1 should really be something special.

Designers even tweaked the shape of the front edge of the fender stripes (right) for better quality and ease of production.

 

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Steve Turner

Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge in the world of Ford performance, having covered it for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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