390/4-Speed: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

UPDATE 01/13/2021: It seems that the owner of this 1969 Mustang Mach 1 had no success with his prior listing, so he has chosen to roll the dice a second time. His previous attempt resulted in forty-three bids pushing the price to $20,000, which was below the reserve. Nothing has changed since, with the Mach 1 listed for sale here on eBay. The bidding now sits at $18,099, which is still shy of the mark.

When you consider how many examples Ford sold during the model’s lifetime, it is no surprise to see a reasonable number of First Generation Mustangs come across the desks here at Barn Finds. Their condition ranges from the stunningly beautiful through to the pretty sad and tired. This 1969 Mach 1 would seem to fall somewhere within the middle ground. It isn’t perfect and would benefit from a total restoration. It features its original drivetrain, but returning it to the road will take time and effort for its next owner. If you feel you could be that person, you will find the Mustang located in Sarasota, Florida, and listed for sale here on eBay.

The 1969 model year marked the first re-styling for the Mustang. While its wheelbase remained unchanged, Ford increased both its overall length and width. It endowed the car with a more muscular look, but it meant then it lost some of the purity of the earlier versions. Our feature car rolled off the line wearing Silver Jade Metallic, and it appears most of that original paint is present today. It looks tired and is a stark indication that this car is due for restoration. It is essentially complete, but there will be a long list of work to do and parts to buy before the next owner returns this car to its former glory. The panels have accrued their share of dents and marks, but none are severe enough to justify panel replacement. However, there is rust to address, which may necessitate some steel replacement. The supplied photos only show the car’s driver’s side, and the rear quarter panel is pretty rusty. It is possible that the new owner could tackle this with a patch, but a high-quality restoration would entail replacing the panel entirely. There is also rust in the bottom corners of the doors, but the rockers look pretty clean. The underside of the car shows rot in the floors, and there is also some present in the torque boxes and where they are attached to the frame rails. Once again, we only see one side of the vehicle, so an in-person inspection would be necessary to determine how bad things are. Some of the external trim is badly damaged and is beyond repair, but the wheels look spotless. The glass is in a similar state, and even though there is rust, the body appears to be a restorable proposition.

The condition of this Mustang’s interior is in keeping with the rest of the vehicle in that it appears to be essentially complete, but it looks tired. Items like the console look pretty good, although a new lid would make a difference there. The seat upholstery has some wear, but there are no significant rips or tears. Given a deep clean, it may be acceptable for a survivor-grade car. The dash looks respectable, with gauges that are crisp and clear. However, items like the dash pad would benefit from replacement. The same is true of the carpet, and the door trims look like they may have some minor damage. The factory radio is missing, and the buyer will need to check the supplied Marti Report to determine what needs to be slotted back in there if originality is critical. If the buyer seeks perfection, there’s a good chance that they will choose to spend $2,000 on an interior trim kit to return the inside of this classic to a factory-fresh state.

This shot of the Mustang’s engine bay should clearly indicate that this car does not run or drive. The owner states that the drivetrain is original, featuring a 390ci V8 engine and four-speed manual transmission. With 320hp on tap, this Mach 1 would have covered the ¼ mile in 14.4 seconds in its prime. Those days are long behind it, and looking at this engine raises more questions than it answers. Somebody has removed many of this engine’s peripheral components like the intake and carburetor, and it isn’t clear whether they are with the car. The level of corrosion on the engine also suggests that it would probably require a rebuild. However, if everything is present, it may be worth the effort to refresh this mighty V8.

The overwhelming and ongoing desirability of First Generation Mustangs has resulted in some pretty sad and tired examples finding their way back onto the road, having been given a new lease on life. Some of those cars looked like lost causes before the restoration commenced, but their owners have performed major miracles returning them from the brink. This 1969 Mach 1 is not beyond help, but it will take time and effort to return to its former glory. One of the attractions of these cars as projects is the ready availability and affordability of parts. That means that if an owner can perform much of the work themselves, a restoration need not break the bank. With those thoughts in mind, is this a project that you might be tempted to tackle?


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  1. flmikey

    You can tell this car has been re-worked at least once…an old thick coat of bondo on the hood, floor patches falling off…and it looks like there is frame rot…I truly love the 69 Mach Ones, and I hope it finds a home…great find!

    Like 10
    • Mark

      Frame rot? I must have missed those pictures.

  2. Stan

    That motor needs a bath 🛁

    I always thought the mustangs looked good in this color. Even up to the fox body that were available with the
    ” calypso ” green paint

    Like 10
    • Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

      Many distinct and attractive Ford colors this model year. Silver Jade, Gulfstream Aqua, Indian Fire, Black Jade are favorites of mine.

      Like 5
  3. mjf

    This car is hmmm not clean… But is has a 390 Block..

    Like 3
    • Terrry

      and a set of rusty heads

  4. Boatman Member

    One could argue that ’67 marked the first “restyling”. But then, I like to argue.

    Like 16
  5. Howie Mueler

    I had a 69 many years ago, this is mighty rough.

    Like 5
  6. Oddimotive Cason Oddimotive Cason Member

    A 390 Mach is a bit of an oddball. Both the Mach 1 and 428 came later in the model year, with the Mach essentially replacing the GT and the 428 the 390. So, top-level GTs more often have 390s and top-level Machs usually have 428s. It’s cool to see an unusual combo today, though…

    Like 6
    • Roy

      Both the Mach 1 trim and the 428 were indeed availible at 1969 in troduction time.

      Like 5
  7. markp

    I think you are better off with a worked over SB engine then the big block. A nice 302 can put out 400HP and weighs a heck of a lot less an you can change the spark plugs, have headers, work on the heads, etc without a circus act.

    Like 11
  8. Mark Tuovinen

    This is only the second one I have seen with this combination, 69 Mach 1, Silvery Jade Green, 390ci, 4spd. The first was one I bought in 1983. It’s still somewhere here in town, I saw it on the road last summer but not where I could wave the driver down.

    Like 5
  9. Sam Shive

    Another RUSTANG. Nice Knob On The Shifter. Keep the Vin and just add a new body https://www.dynacornclassicbodies.com/1969-ford-mustang-fastback/ Less Work. Less Money

    Like 3
    • joenywf64

      I heard that with the present situation, shipping (containers) may be very very very expensive now from China , with a big delay – making dynacorns impractical – for the time being at least.

      Like 1
      • Steve R

        Dynacorn bodies are practical for restorations. There are differences in the undercarriage that would be found upon a thorough inspection. They make a great starting point for a custom build, but is a foolish decision for a restoration.

        Steve R

        Like 4
  10. Ike Onick

    I see a $5000.00 car here. Should I call my eye doctor?

    Like 3
    • Terrry

      Only if there’s $3000 in the glove box

      Like 2
  11. HC

    So this seller wants more than 20k large for a rolling, rusted chassis. No. It’s not something I want to tackle. You can get a driver Mustang in better condition than this one is. Only thing left of the 390 is the block.

    Like 5
  12. HC

    With this asking price anyone is immediately under water in bringing this 69 Mach 1 back..for all it needs its at most a $3500-$6000, rolling rusted chassis with no running engine to speak of. All the sheet metal and structure required like qtrs, torque boxes, floorpans front and rear rails. It’s just paying way to much for someone else’s headaches and problems

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