Mach 1 Project: 1969 Ford Mustang

The Mach 1 was added to the Ford Mustang’s portfolio of performance-oriented cars in 1969. It only came in the SportsRoof body style (aka fastback) and had several appearance enhancements along with a 351 cubic inch V8, but you could opt to go bigger. This ’69 Mach 1 needs some work with its floors and gas tank, but the rest of the car looks to have a lot of promise. Located in Manahawkin, New Jersey, this Mustang is available here on eBay where bidding is holding at $13,101.

1969 may have been the heyday of the performance Mustang, with no less than six spirited packages available: the GT, Boss 302, Boss 429, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500, and the new Mach 1. Out of just under 300,000 Mustangs built that year, the Mach 1 would be a hot seller at nearly 72,500 copies. A Mach 1 stood out for its matte black hood treatment and hood pins, hood scoop with optional Shaker, competition suspension, chrome pop-open gas cap, chrome exhaust tips, deluxe interior, and optional chin and rear deck spoilers as well as rear window louvers called SportSlats.

This Mach 1 is an H-code car meaning it has the 4-barrel version of the 351 Windsor V8 that produced 250 hp. This car will idle but only off of a can and tube as it needs a new gas tank. It likely won’t run long enough to be driven onto a flatbed, so a winch will be needed. And only the front brakes are currently working. But if you attend to these items and put on some new tires, it might be a car worthy of the road once again.

We’re told there are no real issues with the body, but the floors have been replaced and need to be welded in and then seam sealed. If you were to take a magnet to the sheet metal, you might find some Bondo, but it looks as though that kind of work may have been done well. From inside the trunk and door jambs, it looks as though the car was originally painted blue, but it wears mostly grey primer today (which looks to have been evenly applied). The front buckets will need to be re-covered, but the 2+2 seat in the back may be okay.

The newer the Mustang, the lower its resale value, at least according to the online pricing guides. Mach 1’s are the most plentiful of the performance versions of the Mustang that were built in 1969. As such, a Boss 429 will fetch more than a Mach 1 351. $40,000 seems to be top dollar for one of these automobiles, which provides optimism for what this car might be worth when all the repairs and new paint are done.


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  1. ADM

    The 351 Windsor was a great engine. In 1969, The 2V was rated at 250 hp, the 4V was 300.

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    • Bruno

      This is a “H” code which is a 351-2V. Was written incorrectly.

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  2. Howie Mueler

    The body does look pretty straight, looks like the center console is gone.

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  3. Paul Draver

    As I remember, The Mach 1 did not have the Mustang emblem on the front quarters. They would have been in the way of the Mach 1 tape stripe they had that year. Also the 1969 4V 351 was rated at 290 hp.

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    • Bruno

      Correct. In 1970 The “M” code 351-4V was a Cleveland producing 300HP. 1969 was still a Windsor 2 or 4V.

    • Bruno

      Could be a GT. Has pop-off gas cap..

      • JCA

        The Mach 1 had a pop open cap too, without GT written on it. This looks like the correct one to me

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  4. JCA

    That quarter panel looks wavy gravy to me

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    • Bruno

      Yes the Mach1 does but this is not a Mach. Mustang emblems on fenders and no center console.

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