SEMA 2012: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach Forty by Eckert’s Rod and Custom

Like any trade show, the SEMA show has plenty of companies hawking products which they claim will be the “next big thing.” However, buried amongst the rows of vinyl wraps and import cars lies something truly amazing. Here is a car that was not just modified, but was fabricated based on a truly original idea.

The car you are looking at began life as a 1969 Mustang Mach 1, until it fell into the hands of David Eckert. For more than 25 years, he has run Eckert’s Rod and Custom shop in the little town of Molalla, Oregon. Eckert had the vision to create a one-of-a-kind Mustang like the world has never seen before.

He started cutting up the 1969 Mustang and transformed it into a mid-engine car with a powerplant and transaxle from a 2006 Ford GT, and the front suspension from a C6 Corvette. As if that weren’t enough, he also added a Whipple Supercharger for that extra kick. There is a dial inside to crank up the horsepower from 600 HP to 850 HP as desired.

In order to accommodate the new engine and its placement, the car had to be widened and lengthened. Every panel on the car save for the roof and door jambs had to be modified to make everything fit. The pleasing body lines and proportions of the car are complemented by the amazing fit and finish of the panels, which any fabricator will tell you is no easy task.

This car goes far beyond the traditional world of hot rodding. Hot rodding is about taking whatever car you have and making it faster or personalized – this car is quite a bit more sophisticated than that. Eckert has blended aesthetics, performance, engineering, and fabrication work together into a car that looks and performs unlike any other Mustang out there.

David’s tremendous efforts in building this amazing car were not unrecognized. The Mach Forty won the “Best of Show” award at SEMA 2012. That’s a pretty high honor, and David and his team definitely deserve it. From all of us at Generation High Output, we’d like to wish them a heartfelt Congratulations!

So, um, any chance of hooking us up with a ride? 🙂