Some of the cars we find are desirable because of what they are, but sometimes the most desirable car is a tough sale. Condition can really keep a car from being a tempting proposition, but sometimes these cars are worth checking out just because of how cool they look. Take this 1969 Mustang Mach 1 390 we discovered here on eBay, it is a highly desirable model, but its condition keeps it from being a realistic project for us. While it might not be realistic, that doesn’t stop us from wanting it simply because of how fascinating it is to look at. We aren’t sure what exactly is going on with the paint job, but it certainly has us intrigued. If it was cheaper and we had money to spare, we would be tempted to buy it simply for curiosities sake.
Obviously this Mustang has been painted a number of times, which causes concern. We are going to assume that the current yellow and orange paint scheme was done this way intentionally and while we prefer originality over customization, it certainly grabs your attention and leaves you scratching your head. The states that the previous owner drag raced this during the ’70s when funky paint jobs like this were quite popular. Nothing makes us more nervous than racing modifications, as you don’t know what has been changed, whether the work was done properly, and how hard the car was driven. Given the previous owners history of blowing motors, we are going to guess they drove it as hard as possible.
Old drag cars are starting to become collectable, but like any other vintage race car, value is based on event history, condition, the quality of modifications and race preparations, and the make and model. The seller doesn’t provide any history other than that the previous owner worked on Dyno Don’s pit crew. This doesn’t connect the car to any signification history of its own, but does give an idea of the kind of people that may have worked on it. If it had been dragged by Dyno Don that might have an impact on the value, but one of his pit crew doesn’t add much value. The history could turn out to help it a bit, but we think the options list is this one’s greatest strength. It was optioned as a S-Code Mach 1 with the 320 horsepower 390 cui V8 and a 4-speed manual. The seller claims that the current engine is the original, but the heads are from a Cobra Jet. We would want to check the numbers closely on this one.
Sometimes it is better to just look than to buy and we think this one might be a case where this is true. If you absolutely have to have a ’69 Mustang Mach 1 S-Code, than this one might be a worthwhile purchase, just be sure to go into it knowing how much work it is going to need. We are sure someone here would love to tackle this project, but we will contain our curiosity for the time being and hope that the seller lists the other Mustang hiding behind it! So would you buy this former dragster or would you look for one that hasn’t been tampered with?