The first John Wick film took the world by storm as Matric actor Keanu Reeves became a badass assassin for this revenge-driven film. And while Reeves made a huge impression with his stunt driving and fighting, the car a mark, too.
This is everything you need to know about the 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 from John Wick.
What Happened In The John Wick Film?
John Wick is a retired assassin living in New Jersey. As his wife Helen is dying from cancer, he receives a puppy named Daisy as a gift from her. He then leaves his dangerous life behind but soon gets pulled back in when his 1969 Ford Mustang is stolen by Russian gangsters. This leads to a violent and brutal death of those that wronged him as he hunts down those responsible for stealing his car.
How Was John Wick’s Car Stolen?
With his new puppy, Daisy, in the passenger seat, John pulls up at a gas station and starts to fill up. Three men then pull up beside him and begin to talk to him about his car, which they call a ‘Boss 429’, despite it being a Mach 1.
John corrects one of the men, saying it’s a ’70, before rejecting his want to purchase the muscle car.
Without John realising, he’s followed home and the men break into his house, kill his dog, and steal his car. And while John isn’t able to get the car back, this begins his rampage of revenge.
What Is John Wick’s Car?
Although the car is referred to as a ‘Boss 429’ by the men, John Wick’s 1969 Ford Mustang is actually a Mach 1. The Mach 1 was released from 1969-1971 and included plenty of features such as wire wheels and an optional Drag Pack which allowed for even more aggressive performance.
However, it also meant that less safety features were included in order to save weight and not affect the power of the muscle car. Less standard equipment meant that this model came cheaper than other models but increased its exclusivity among buyers who didn’t mind buying such a powerful car without many of the then-modern-day options available on similar vehicles.
In the second film, we see that John’s vehicle has an automatic transmission, denoting a Mach 1. When John reclaims his prized possession from the gang, he grabs the StarShifter Automatic shifter handle and slams the car into reverse. This demonstrates that it is definitely not a Boss 429.
The hood scoops on the 1969 and 1970 Mach 1s are also non-functional. They differ from the prominent hood scoop seen on the Boss 429, which is functional. On top of this, John Wick’s variant has a chin splitter and rear spoiler that were not available on the Boss 429.
Last but not least, the interior of the automobile appears to be that of a Mach 1, although it has a steering wheel from the Shelby Mustang for added excitement. While
How Many Mustangs Were Used During The Production Of John Wick?
According to Screen Rant, Reeves was actually in the driver’s seat for most of the takes, and he did the majority of the stunts himself. According to Darrin Prescott, the movie’s stunt coordinator, “he’s one of the best actor-drivers in the business.”
However, while praising Reeves’ driving abilities, Screen Rant claims that he wrecked a Mustang on the first take. In total, he damaged four Mustangs for the sequence.
Despite this, the scene looked incredible and you’ve got to respect Keanu Reeves for doing his own stunts.
The Specs Of John Wick’s Mustang Mach 1
The 1969 styling make this a beautiful, vintage Mustang and it’s clear that there was a lot of thought put into the design.
John Wick’s Mach 1 includes:
– Hood scoop and side scoops that were on-functional.
– A rear window slant spoiler, also only featured on two other models including the Boss 302 and Boss 429 models.
– Flat black stripes around the rocker panel area and over the hood over a metal grey paint color.
– The classic black interior with high-back seats.
– Magnum 500 wheels with Firestone Wide Oval tires.
– Shelby 3=Spoke steering wheel.
How Much Is A Mustang Mach 1 Now Worth?
The Mustang Mach 1 was never known to be a fast or flashy car like the Camaro, Chevelle, and Firebird models of its time.
So while these cars are quite rare and can be worth a lot of money when restored correctly, most cars would start at around $70-80,000 today with a few miles on the clock.