Contemporary automobiles utilize a 7-10 year design life, with perhaps a mid-cycle refresh around year five to boost sales. Back in the day, car designs changed dramatically from year-to-year with an example like the Mustang going through three significant sheet metal changes in six years with a few small changes between each year. This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has been restyled to look like a 1970 version and is now bidding on ebay for the surprisingly low price of $10,100 with a few hours to go.
According to a copy of this Fastback’s Marti report it was originally a 1969 Mustang Fastback Mach 1 with 351W (2 barrel carb), automatic transmission and B5 Royal Maroon paint with blacked out hood treatment. The intervening years have been…well…interesting for this car. Today it is white, looks like a 1970 Mustang and its engine/trans has been swapped for a late model 302-V8 and 5 spd.
The previously mentioned 302 is probably from a Fox-body Mustang and is attached to what we can only assume is a Borg-Warner T-5. Expect somewhere between 200-300 horsepower out of the engine depending on selection of internals, but given the stock looking heads we’d expect closer to 200 hp.
The interior looks pretty nasty; the new owner is going to need to spend some time with the plethora of available Mustang parts catalogs finding and ordering all of the corroded and missing trim pieces.
We did a quick search for a local advertisment to understand what this seller thinks his car is worth, because the ebay auction is well below what even a basket case 69/70 Mach 1 will go for, and we expect the new owner will get a deal on…something. The new owner could drive as-is and letting everyone assume it is a 1970… or start the process swapping back the 69 front/rear pieces and sourcing a 351W and re-adding the Mach 1 appearance package.
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