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Super Clean 1969 Mustang Mach 1 Looks Like A Stellar Driver

Today is a historic day for the beloved Ford Mustang Mach 1 nameplate, as the latest iteration of Ford’s long-running machine debuted following a 17 year absence. It’s also bound to spark up a bit more interest in older examples, like this very nice 1969 Mustang Mach 1 that recently crossed the virtual auction block over at Bring a Trailer. And while we often drool over perfect, number-matching, fully-restored muscle cars, the truth is, a good driver like this is probably the better buy.

We say that because we certainly would’t be afraid to get out and use this 1969 Mustang Mach 1. It isn’t perfect, by any means, and it likely won’t win any concours trophies. But unlike some polished piece of jewelry, we wouldn’t be afraid to tarnish it, keeping the car stowed away in some climate controlled vault, either. And isn’t that what cars are built for in the first place – to drive them?

We certainly can’t think of a much cooler driver than this 1969 Mustang Mach 1, that’s for sure. It was treated to a cosmetic and mechanical overhaul back in 2004, but really looks no worse for wear. A few changes were made during that process, including fresh Mercedes-Benz Bahama Blue paint to replace the original Gulfstream Aqua hue.

The suspension received an overhaul as well with the installation of lowering springs, KYB shock absorbers, traction bars, and upgraded sway bars, along with new bushings, control arms, and front ball joints. Power steering and front power disc brakes make this classic Mach 1 a little easier to drive as well.

The original 351 V8 in the classic Mach 1 was removed in favor of a bored and stroked 392 cubic-inch V8 fitted with aluminum GT40X cylinder heads, a Comp Cams roller camshaft, a high-rise single-plane Victor Jr. intake manifold, 600 cfm Holley carburetor, Hooker Super Comp tubular headers, an MSD ignition system, and an upgraded radiator and fan. The original 351 was included with the sale of the car, too.

That upgraded engine sends power back to a 3.50 geared 9 inch Ford rear end via a close-ratio Toploader four-speed manual transmission, as it should. After all, grabbing gears in car like this only increases the fun quotient.

Despite its many virtues, this old Mach 1 is obviously far from perfect. But that will only make the new owner want to drive it even more. And with a bargain sales price of just $31,250, we’re betting they’ll do just that.

We’ll have more cool classics like this soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mark L Bedel

    Very nice! Always one of my favorite body styles…


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