The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a performance-oriented option package originally introduced by Ford in 1968. The Ford Mustang was successfully introduced in April 1964 as a sporty "pony car" to attract younger buyers into Ford Products. After a few years of development, Ford saw the need to create performance Mustangs to compete with GM and their release of the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. 1969 was the benchmark year for Ford Mustang in its proliferation of performance names and engines. No fewer than six factory performance Mustang models were available (GT, Boss 302, Boss 429, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500 and the Mach 1).