This '69 Mach 40 With an 850-HP Ford GT Engine Might Be the Baddest Mustang Ever - Maxim

This '69 Mach 40 With an 850-HP Ford GT Engine Might Be the Baddest Mustang Ever

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The Mach 40 rolls on Ford GT-inspired wheels to help link the Mustang body to the GT powertrain.

The Mach 40 rolls on Ford GT-inspired wheels to help link the Mustang body to the GT powertrain.

Die-hard Ford fans love the Mustang, but they know the mid-engine GT40 and GT supercars are the Blue Oval's finest work.

To help move the pony car a little closer to the pedigree of those Le Mans 24-Hour race-winners, the loons at Oregon's Eckert's Rod & Custom have bolted the mid-engine 5.4-liter supercharged dual overhead cam engine, transaxle and rear suspension from a 2004 Ford GT supercar into the body shell of a 1969 Mustang Mach 1.

The Mach 40 makes the '69 Mach 1's dummy scoops functional, providing cool air to the engine.

The Mach 40 makes the '69 Mach 1's dummy scoops functional, providing cool air to the engine.

The GT's engine was originally rated (under-rated, according to experts) at a conservative 550 horsepower, but Eckert's has bolted on a bigger 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger that lets the drive select output ranging between 600 and 850 horsepower with the turn of a dial.

Look, no engine under the Mach 40's hood, thanks to its move to the car's back seat.

Look, no engine under the Mach 40's hood, thanks to its move to the car's back seat.

The Mustang/GT40 mash-up only took 11,000 hours of labor to create, so they probably wouldn't charge too much to build you one like it!

The mid-mounted GT engine now rides in what was the Mach 40's back seat.

The mid-mounted GT engine now rides in what was the Mach 40's back seat.

This classic crossbreed might not spark the ire of Ford's lawyers the way a new Mustang/GT mashup, dubbed the GTT, did, even though we liked that car too.

Ford GTT

Ford GTT