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I'm looking at a '73 mustang at the VIN says that it's a sports roof. It looks just like a Mach1, what's the difference?
 
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sportsroof is just like a fastback in earlier mustangs: more aerodynamic roof. the mach 1 (to the best of my knowledge) has a better engine and special paint scheme... im sure theres other differences but thats what comes to mind, im only used to 64-66 mustangs.
 

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Yeah, what corey2c said. Sportsroof is just another name for fastback. They started using the Sportsroof name instead of calling them a fastback in 1969. Hope that explains it.

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Both the Sportsroof and the Mach 1 were fastbacks. In '69 and '70, the Mach 1 had a more powerful engine as the base powerplant. Where the Sportsroof base engine was the 302, the Mach 1 started with the 351. The Mach 1 also got upgraded seats and interior trim as well as the exterior graphics and additional performance options.

However, for '71-'73 it appears (according to the Mustang Recognition Guide) that the Mach 1 was mostly an exterior trim and graphics option. The Mach 1 interior was an extra-cost option that could be purchased for both the Mach and the Sportsroof. Likewise, the high-performance engines.

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The Machs had a different suspension package..stiffer all around..and a thicker sway bar in the front

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Here we go, FWIW this is out of my 1972 Mustang Spec Manual:

The Mach 1 came w/ the competition suspension and the 302 as base equipment.
It came w/ the NASA hood as a free option, it got special decals, 2 tone paint, and a urethane front bumper. It came w/ a special honeycomb grille and honeycomb taillight panel, as well as front fender moldings that were color keyed.

I'm sure you could "make" a sportsroof pretty close to a Mach back in the day, but of course it wouldn't have the VIN. The Machs, even to this day, command a premium over the other models pricewise, and many of the Mach parts are difficult, expensive, and damn near impossible to find, like the hood and grille (although the one for 73 is repoped). Hope this helps!

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Sportsroof is the body style. Mach 1 is an options package offered on a Sportsroof. Ford started using the Sportsroof name in 1969, because of the significant change in the '69 body style.
In the 1969 model year the Mach 1 was a complete set of options offered on the Sportsroof body style. It offered any of the V8's from the 351-2v on up to the 428CJ. It included a deluxe interior, Mach 1 stripes, blackout hood, scoop, and strange molded-in floormats, among others.

The Boss 302 and Boss 429 were for example Sportsroofs, but not Mach 1's. There were also Sportsroofs with the 200, 250 and 302-2V engines.

When first introduced the Mach 1 was such a popular model that in 1969 there were actually more Mach 1's produced than "plain" Sportsroofs. And although the Mach 1 was not the "official" replacement of the GT, the GT was kind of phased out as the Mach 1 came into its glory.

In 1970 the Mach 1 actually got its own VIN code (05) in '69 it was the same as all Sportsroofs (02).



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