429-Powered: 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The Mach 1 was a high-performance version that Ford introduced for the 1969 model year, and it instantly became a huge hit. By the time this 1973 Mustang Mach 1 was built, the model had undergone its first facelift but still had visual and performance enhancements to let you know it wasn’t just a regular Mustang. You can find this one for sale here on eBay for $9,350 and no reserve.  Thanks Larry D for the tip!

An original example, this Mach 1 looks high-performance with its bright yellow paint, bold striping, and twin hood scoops. I particularly like this color combination – you don’t see many yellow cars on the road now so this is a sure way to stand out!

Unfortunately, there is some rust along the windshield, quarter, and rocker panels that the next owner will have to tackle, which means this is more of a candidate for a full-on restoration rather than being kept as-is.

The seller tells us that this example comes with a 429ci engine and C6 3-speed automatic. I didn’t think that the 429 was offered in 1973, and I also think those decals don’t look like typical 1973 decals either. Could this perhaps actually be a 1971 Mach 1? Speaking of engine and transmission, neither one is completely installed here, and you can see quite a few little bits and pieces missing in the photo. There’s no mention of what their running condition is, either.

The interior here is pretty interesting, with those 2 tone seats front and rear. Those door panels are not a design I’ve seen on this era of Mustang before – do they look aftermarket to you? They match the seats, at least. Either way, the interior will need some work – there is wiring sticking out from underneath the dash, a hole cut where there used to be a radio, and dirty carpet. Although compared to the rest of the car, this is probably the easiest area to tackle some updates! In 1973, over 134,000 Mustangs were built. The Mach 1 was the most popular style after the standard coupe, with over 35,000 built. Mustang parts are easy to source and there are plenty of resources available to help with restorations. So, who is ready to take on the challenge and be this Mach 1’s next owner?

Fast Finds


  1. Steve R

    The VIN verifies it’s a 1973 Mustang that was originally equipped with a 302.

    For future reference, you can get a breakdown of almost any cars VIN within seconds by searching Google. By doing so, it will also bring up any prior listings where a seller included the VIN, that is included in many dealers ads as well as auction, Craigslist and eBay listings.

    Steve R

    Like 24
  2. flmikey

    According to the VIN, it is a 73, but came with a 302…whenever I see rust that high up on a car, the rust is showing is usually the tip of the iceberg…this car looks like it was “restored” once before…hard pass….

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  3. Bob C.

    Kind of reminds me of “Eleanor” in Gone In 60 Seconds.

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  4. Steve Clinton

    They just kept adding length to the front of the Mustang, making them look goofy, IMHO.

    Like 1
  5. Jackie Hollingsworth

    Beautiful car….especially the long front.

    Like 3
  6. Howie Mueler

    What a mess, and 25 days left on a auction? I would stay away on this one.

    Like 3
    • Steve R

      This isn’t an auction, this website got it wrong, the seller has an asking price of $9,350 but is willing to take offers.

      Steve R

      Like 1
  7. Ralph

    Gosh I am sure someone will want to take this one on for restoration.
    It’s a shame that time and rust got to this one as it looks like a very large job to save.
    A lot of folks did not care for this body style, but to each his own. I kind of preferred it over the earlier ones though. YMMV.

    Like 1
  8. Joe

    It can run it has no carb.

  9. Kevin

    Lots of rust repair, around windshields etc.is more labor intensive and really ought to be leaded,I know some on here will know what that is,its becoming a lost art in doing bodywork that lasts,I personally would not waste my money on this car,but would like to see it saved.

    Like 1
    • Michael Freeman

      Yep, and the rear body panel will be falling out around the taillights as that big foam gasket would hold water like a sponge.

  10. Chuck Simons

    I almost jumped…my brother had one and it was sweet. Then I enlarged the pictures of the rust. Nooopppeee

    Like 2
  11. Alex Dunkle

    “not a rust bucket” Now that’s funny!

    Like 3
  12. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD for $9,350.

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