Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 19th - 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steele's 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Please contact us for more information. Developed at the suggestion of Rhode Island Ford dealer Bob Tasca and Hot Rod magazine editor Eric Dahlquist, the soon-to-be-famous 428 Cobra Jet Mustang was released on April 1, 1968 using a masterful combination of proven and readily available high-performance components found within Ford's parts bin. Among them was a pair of 427 low-riser heads and a 427 intake for improved breathing. The CJ package also included a 735-cfm Holley four-barrel carburetor and 10.5:1 compression. Heavy-duty underpinnings included reinforced front shock towers and staggered rear shock absorbers to make full use of the Mustang's newfound power. Capable of low 14-second quarter-mile ETs in stock trim and mid-11s in racing tune, CJ Mustangs quickly established a fearsome reputation. For the CJ's landmark debut, Ford launched a six-car assault on the 1968 NHRA Winternationals, with Ford-sponsored drivers including Gas Ronda, Jerry Harvey, Hubert Platt, Don Nicholson, and Al Joniec. All six cars were race-prepped by Holman-Moody-Stroppe in Long Beach, California and a number of classes were contested, including C/Stock Automatic (C/SA), Super Stock E (SS/E), and Super Stock E/Automatic (SS/EA). When the smoke cleared, four of the six Cobra Jet Mustangs reached the final rounds. Incredibly, the all-CJ SS/E final round pitted Joniec against Platt, with Joniec taking the class victory with a 12.49-second ET and going on to win Super Stock Eliminator over Dave Wren's Hemi 'Cuda. The 428 Cobra Jet was a huge success for Ford, both on-track and at dealer showrooms, with the option continued for 1969 and 1970. Further developments included functional Ram Air induction with a through-the-hood "Shaker" scoop. The 428 Super Cobra Jet upped the ante with heavy-duty internals including a stronger crankshaft and "Le Mans" connecting rods, plus a specific flywheel and counterweight, as well as a crankshaft harmonic balancer. For the truly committed, the Drag Pack option included an engine-oil cooler and automatically kicked in when 3.91:1 or 4.30:1 rear-end gears were selected from the Mustang's many factory-available options. To say the SCJ/Drag Pack Mustang was a potent performer is a severe understatement, a fact confirmed by "Fast Mustangs" author and marque expert Alex Gabbard, who declared it the "fastest-running pure stock in the history of man." Purchased brand new at Bob Rice Ford in Boise, Idaho and remaining in Idaho as a show car for much of its life, this very rare 428 SCJ/Drag Pack Mustang Mach 1 Sportsroof (fastback) retains its numbers matching drivetrain with correct date codes and casting numbers. An MCA-level rotisserie restoration was performed to factory build specifications with all chrome either refurbished or re-plated. The floor is pristine and the torque boxes and jack points are in like-new condition. The glass and even the seats in this car are the original items from new. Finished in Light Ivy Yellow, a very rare Ford paint color, this Mustang is one of only 2 1970 428 SCJ Mach I cars so finished. Additional factory options included: Documented 1 of 1 on Deluxe Marti Report; one of two in Light Ivy Yellow. Original Ford Factory Invoice - Eminger Report Ownercard: Ford Identification Card with metal strip 428 Super Cobra Jet engine 4-Speed Close-Ratio Manual Transmission 3.91 Traction-Lok Axle Ratio Drag Pack option with externally mounted oil cooler. Shaker Scoop with black hood stripe Front Spoiler Rear Deck Spoiler Rear Sport Slats Magnum 500 Wheels with F60x15 Goodyear Polyglas GT Tires AM 8-Track Stereo Radio Power Disc Brakes Power Steering Pop Top Gas Cap Twist-in Hood Pins This show-quality Mustang is one of only 857 Mach 1 428 Super Cobra Jet/Drag Pack cars built for 1970, making it far more rare than any Boss 302 and rarer still than the 1969 Boss 429. Excellent documentation includes a copy of the original window sticker and an Elite Marti Report confirming it is 1 of just 2 1970 Mach 1 Mustangs built with Light Ivy Yellow paint. As one of the hottest Mustangs - and American factory 'supercars' - ever built, this 428 SCJ/Drag Pack 1970 Mustang Mach 1 simply "ticks all the boxes" for an investment-quality muscle car purchase.