Numbers Matching: 1970 Ford Mustang Convertible

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This Mustang Convertible is a nice looking car, and the fact that it is a numbers-matching vehicle makes it that bit more desirable. There have been some changes made to the car since it rolled off the production line, but we’ll get to those shortly. If this is a car that really grabs you enough that you would like to own it, you will find it located in San Marcos, California, and listed for sale here at Autotrader.

The presentation of the Mustang is quite impressive. The panels look a straight as an arrow, and the paint looks to be in first-class condition. However, for me, that paint is the first aspect of the car that I find disappointing. Include in amongst all of the photos for the car is a copy of the Marti Report. It indicates that when the Mustang rolled off the production line on the 9th April 1970, it was not finished in white, but in Grabber Orange. It also wasn’t fitted with the wheels that are currently on the car, but with sports wheel covers and white-wall tires. That must have been a pretty stunning combination.

Under the hood are the numbers-matching 351-2V engine and wide-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. Power steering is also part of the package. At first glance, it all looks about as clean and neat as you could ever hope for, but there are some things that I see which I have to place a question mark over. The finish of the white paint where the scuttle meets the engine bay looks to be peeling, and some of the bump rubbers for the hood seem to have a lot of white overspray on them. I’d really like to know why this has happened.

The interior is very neat and tidy, with no issues to report with the upholstery or trim. The car has been fitted with an aftermarket stereo, but the original 8-track player and its console surround are included with the car, while the steering wheel also isn’t original. A further deviation from the original specs for this car revolves around the seat upholstery. The black that you see isn’t original, as when the car rolled off the line, the seats were upholstered in Medium Ginger Spectrum Cloth and Corinthian Vinyl. That combination would have looked pretty impressive with the Grabber Orange paint.

To me, the fact that this Mustang doesn’t still sport its original color and trim combination is a shame, because it would have been a pretty stunning looking vehicle. It is still a classy looking car, and that paint issue under the hood aside, it does appear to be in nice condition. The owner has set a price of $39,900 for the Mustang. Do we have any takers?

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  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    I do like the Grabber colors as one of my race cars is Grabber Blue but that white really looks good on that convertible.

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  2. M.BalmerMember

    While the presentation looks good, I have to wonder why the interior and exterior colors were changed from original. Especially since you have the matching number engine and transmission,personally, I think it’s high priced. Just sayin’.

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  3. Gebee

    White is a color often used to hide body work.

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  4. CanuckCarGuy

    Nice car, but for what it is I’d invest less in a non-matching numbers example…especially when the colour and interior are no longer original.

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  5. dave brennan

    If I dropped 40 gs on a car it wouldn’t have a dent in passenger side rear and peeling paint around the headlights or the scruff in engine compartment.

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  6. Harry A Hodson

    “White paint hides most sins.”
    Overspray everywhere and a Rattle Can attack on the engine, also.
    Damn shame. A Cleveland 2V is a peppy animal, especially with a stick.

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  7. Barry L Klotz

    I don’t have any idea why you would go through the trouble to change the color of the whole interior. Wouldn’t it be not numbers matching? Could be another interior from a different Mustang. Just thinking!!!

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  8. Dickie F

    Good looking car.
    A quick glance at the door cards – seem to have cracked at the armrest?

    I always wonder about the number matching – my project 70 Mach 1 seem to have been imported without engine numbers. I had to have new numbers stamped on.

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  9. Butch

    I’m no body man but back in the day hung out with some of the best I’ve ever seen. Looking at the rear end of this car it sure looks to me like it’s been hit pretty hard in the rear end! Bumper and trunk lid don’t line up at all. Also check out the space between the taillights and the fender extensions. Just what I can see. Maybe there was a reason for the change to white even though it looks pretty good on this ride.

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    • Barry L Klotz

      The bottom of the back quarter looks like some work done to it.

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