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S-Code 390: 1969 Ford Mustang Barn Find

After a peak in Mustang production in 1966, Ford’s annual output of the pony cars would decline as more and more competition entered the arena. But the fastback body style would more than hold its own at 45% of assemblies by 1969. Though the new Mach 1 would dominate the scene that year, the “regular” Mustang fastback tallied nearly 60,000 units out of 300,000 total. This one was ordered with performance in mind and retains its original 390 V8 and 4-speed manual transmission. Needing bodywork, it’s in Las Vegas, Nevada, and available here on eBay for $28,500 (Buy It Now) although serious offers may be considered. Chalk another one up for Barn Finder T.J.!

This Lime Gold ’69 Mustang was found sitting on a dirt floor in a South Dakota barn. It may have been there since 1976 as that’s the date on its expired license plate. The title is from two years earlier, suggesting that was the last time the car exchanged ownership. The seller is something of a Mustang expert and has restored many of these cars, so he has gone into detail as to what’s here. He sprung for a Marti Report (which will come with the car) and with its combination of options, the Mustang is 1 of 1 made in 1969.

As an S-Code Mustang, it left the factory with a 390 cubic inch 8-cylinder motor, 4-barrel carburetor, and 4-on-the-floor. It has a dashboard that came with a built-in tachometer. With a new fuel tank and a swapped carb, it will run, but more work is needed for it to do so reliably. Some brake work has also been done, but they’re only good enough for loading and unloading on a trailer. The seller believes the odometer reading of just 47,000 miles is accurate which makes sense as it was only driven a handful of years before being parked.

The undercarriage and sheet metal have met the wrath of the rust bug. So, it will need floors, torque boxes, frame rail pieces, fenders, doors, and quarter panels. Some of the replacement pieces needed to correct these issues will come with the car. The interior is in better shape than the rest of the automobile, with only the driver’s bucket seat and the carpeting being items needing more immediate attention.

What we see here is an unmolested car that wasn’t modified by some teenager. No headers, no air shocks, no shackles, no holes in door panels for speakers, none of that. If you can get by all the corrosion issues, you could have an interesting Mustang to restore. The fact that it’s not a Mach 1 or Boss and yet is set up for street performance, this could be a $50,000 car one day. But it will take at least half that amount just to own it.


  1. PRA4SNW

    Now you ask a premium if it ISN’T the sporty model. THis is what things like the Marti Report have done.

    The ’69 and ’70 are my favorite Mustangs, but if prices are trending up this high, I guess I won’t be owning one. I should have jumped on the really nice ’70 Mach I offered to me in ’79 for $1,200.

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  2. Todd Zuercher

    I wish I knew the story on the Bronco in the background.

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    • rextreme Member

      Email the Mustang seller….

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    • Howie Mueler

      Todd, he has two Bronco’s listed for sale.

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      • Todd Zuercher

        Thanks! I reviewed the listings.

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  3. Sam Shive

    $28.500.00 to buy it, Replace the body with a doner car or a new shell and a $1.00 for two new POP RIVETS and your drowning already. It says the seller has already restored a few of these. Even he don’t want any parts of this RUSTTANG. Who ever gets it make sure you’re Tetnis shot is up to date. I bleed Ford Blue but not as much as this needs.

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    • Stan

      Lol and Sam the “4 on the floor” requires a new floor

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  4. Ruby

    If this is a Nevada barn find, the barn must have also been at the bottom of Lake Mead!

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  5. John M.Stecz

    The worse thing you can do is park a car on a dirt floor for long period of time,or cover it in plastic or a tarp

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  6. Terry

    He needs to take this turd back to the barn. It will take a skilled bodyman awhile ($$$$$$) to replace frame rails, floors and what ever else it needs. I wouldn’t be surprised if all you got back from the strippers is a roof.

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    • Pugsy

      It will need a new roof as well. Google Rusty Gillis and you’ll see what’s up with fixing something like this.

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  7. Timothy Phaff

    This price gouging is getting out of control as we can buy way better at this price. Please introduce me to the buyer if it happens so I can restore it for him and charge 200k. I will guarantee all my work!!!

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  8. Pugsy

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