Fully Restored: 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback

This 1969 Mustang Fastback would suit a person seeking a turnkey classic with excellent presentation. Its previous owner spent years restoring the car to a high standard, ensuring the buyer can drive away in a rust-free and spotless classic with a healthy V8 under the hood. It needs nothing, although the seller includes one item some may consider adding to the interior to provide a more “complete” appearance. The Mustang is listed here on eBay in Dallas, Texas. Bidding remains short of the reserve, although it has hit $19,000 off the back of some strong action.

Although 1969 could hardly be considered a disaster when Ford assessed Mustang sales, it represented the moment when the total dropped below 50% of the stratospheric 1966 figure for the first time. However, with 299,824 buyers handing over their cash, the company continued to turn a tidy profit from what was considered a niche model. That year also marked the second restyle for the Mustang, resulting in a longer car with a more physically imposing presence. Our feature Mustang wears Code 2 New Lime paint, which was one of several additions to the color palette for that year. It is a subtle shade that people either love or hate. However, there’s no arguing that it looks good on this car following its meticulous restoration. The seller indicates the previous owner poured several years of effort into their work, and the finished product justifies their commitment. The paint shines beautifully, the panels are laser-straight, and this classic is rust-free. The seller supplies some excellent photos that show the floors, rails, and torque box region are rock solid. The chrome and glass look excellent for a driver-grade classic, and the Fastback rolls on steel wheels with the correct hubcaps.

The spotless presentation of this Mustang continues when we examine its interior. I believe a complete retrim in Black vinyl was part of the restoration because it wouldn’t be overstating to say it is in showroom condition. There is no evidence of wear, abuse, or other problems, and the bright trim pieces are immaculate. It isn’t dripping with factory options, although the air conditioning would undoubtedly prove welcome on hot days. The seller includes a genuine console in the trunk that the new owner may choose to install. However, it looks like it requires total restoration, which might prompt me to leave things untouched. It looks like a retro-style stereo occupies the spot reserved for the factory radio, but I can’t spot any further additions.

It is unclear whether this Mustang is numbers-matching, but the engine bay houses a 302ci V8 that conforms with what we’d expect according to the VIN. It should produce 210hp, which feeds to the road via a three-speed automatic transmission. The original owner also equipped this classic with power steering. Once again, it is hard to find anything to criticize when assessing the engine bay presentation. Nobody has gone mad with those horrible detailing sprays, allowing a more natural appearance. There are no signs of fluid leaks or other problems, and no additions like headers or other performance-enhancing components. The seller says the Fastback runs and drives well and is ready to provide instant gratification to the successful bidder.

We see plenty of First Generation Mustangs at Barn Finds, with many being the Mach 1 version. However, this Fastback makes a refreshing change because it is a solid vehicle that wins the subtlety game due to a lack of the automotive “tinsel” like stripes and scoops. The previous owner focused on ensuring the car was rust-free and presents well, and I believe they succeeded on both counts. If it has a potential weakness, it could be the paint shade. New Lime is not the most coveted in the current market, although twenty-four bids at the time of writing suggest a few people like what they see. I believe the bidding will need to pass $25,000 before reaching the reserve, although the overall condition means a higher figure is possible. Do you agree?

Comments

  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Beautiful car and restoration quality. Sorry, original or not, those wheel covers look like they came off a 6 cylinder Gremlin and need to be banned to a box in an attic and replaced with something that matches it’s personality.

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  2. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Good write-up Adam, I think your “refreshing” comment is appropriate. We don’t get to see a basic 302 automatic low option 1969 Mustang very often, especially in fastback (SportsRoof in Ford-speak) form. This is an excellent example. It even is a color not commonly seen today. And it reminds us that, while the Mach 1 sold well and is very popular today, base models like this were the backbone.

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  3. Cadmanls Member

    At 28k still not at the reserve, it’s a good looking car, curious as to the reserve. Agree with Bob loose the wheel covers and either period correct wheels or even dog dish caps.

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    • Desert Rat

      No,no,no dog dish hubcaps, which would totally ruin the looks of this little stang keep the mag looking hubcaps or of you feel you must make a change switch to magum 500s but , please not the ugliest wheels ever mounted on a car, steelies and dog dish hubcaps, yuck.

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    • Scott L.

      To me, it’s the tall shiny blackwalls that don’t work. I’d try the hubcaps with raised white letter tires.

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  4. Mark

    Slapping a set of Magnum 500’s on it would complete the look. Nice car.
    Refreshing to see one not hacked up.

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    • Brad460 Member

      I know everybody likes em but I’ve had my fill of magnums on literally everything. Either keep these caps, or go dog dish. Magnums will make it look just like the other thousands of restored mustangs out there.

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  5. jj

    Several times you mention the “meticulous” work, yet the first photo shows the fender-to-door alignment to be off, and the same seems to occur along the trunk. Perhaps just from the angle of the photos, perhaps my screen is exaggerating it, maybe its just me, but, maybe it warrants an in-person inspection.

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  6. Howie

    Very nice, has 3 other Mustangs listed.

  7. Steve

    I had a 69 identical to this one. I put Hurst wheels on it, which I purchased at JC Pennys for $20 apiece. I would love to have that car today. 69 fastbacks are rare, and when you do find one, they carry a pretty good prrice tag.. I’ll bet this one goes for $38K +

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  8. Connecticut mark

    Nice original hubcaps, leave them

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