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Real or Clone? 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Vintage Mustangs may be the collector car hobby’s most cloned and copied cars. A base car can be altered to look like a Shelby, Hertz, or in this case, a Mach 1. This car may be the real deal, but you can’t tell by the ad. The VIN didn’t indicate a Mach 1 designation until the 1970 model year. For 1969, you’d be looking for a “63C” body code and in the ad for this car, there is no photo of the door tag. It can be found for sale here on eBay with a current bid of $26,300. Located in Quanah, Texas, hopefully, the seller will provide some more photos or proof that this car is a real Mach 1…Or perhaps they will let the buyer know it is a clone. Either way, this seems to be a really nice car that the new owner will enjoy for years to come. Take a look.

The engine is described as a “replacement” 351 cubic inch V8. It is backed by a 4-speed manual transmission that spins back to a 9″ rear end with 3.25 gears. The car also has power steering, and “power-assisted” front disc brakes which were installed in 2014.

The interior looks very nice with bucket seats and woodgrain trim. The 3-spoked steering wheel is mounted in front of the odometer which reads 56k miles. Overall, this interior doesn’t appear to need anything.

If this car is a clone, it has been done pretty well. The blue paint with gold accents looks very nice. The slats on the fastback window are perfect for the model and the rear wing sets off the rear end. The Magnum wheels wrapped with BFGoodrich tires show a classic style and make this car ready to run. What do you think about this one? Is it a real-deal Mach 1?


  1. Howard A Member

    Who cares, COOLEST looking Mustang,,,EVER!!!

    Like 17
  2. ThunderRob

    As you can tell by the valve covers it’s a 351 Cleveland,not available in the Mustang until 1970.Genuine Mach 1 or not..the upgrade to a later Cleveland is a win for me,my fav engine of all time.

    Like 12
    • Mike Cobb

      got to be a 4bbl. motor. the 2bbl. engines could not produce the HP the 4 bbl. motors could.

      Like 3
    • James Quinn

      I’ll take a Windsor. I haven’t found myself on a track to many times where a Cleveland can shine.

      Like 2
  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    My favorite year Mustang. Great looks, good power and all the goodies it takes to make a muscle car.

    Like 8
  4. JohnfromSC

    With the NOM, it really doesn’t matter much if is a clone or not. It’s potentially a great driver, and a Cleveland can be easily coaxed to deliver a lot more ponies.

    Like 5
  5. Maggy

    69 and 70 were my favorite mustang years great body style.Really like the color and gold stripes.As long as the seller let’s you know if it’s an original mach1 if it’s important to you it already has a non matching engine bid accordingly to what you’re comfortable spending and enjoy this beauty.Glwts.

    Like 2
  6. PL

    A Marti Report would tell all.

    Like 6
  7. CycloneJeff Cyclonejeff Member

    In the Vin number 3rd and 4th spot
    02= Sports Roof
    05= Mach 1

    Like 2
  8. Dave D

    Whether or not it is a Genuine Mach 1 as ThunderRob pointed out it has a 351C so the car is not original. That is fine with me as I believe the upgrade is welcome and originality does not make it more valuable to me as a car that is 50+ years old that is road worthy can not be 100% original. I have my doubts that it was an original Mach1 when they say that the “front disc were installed” instead of replaced. Also it appears it may have had a console at one time the heater controls appear to be missing some finishing pieces at the bottom, why do they have to mention “includes a hood scoop, grille-mounted indicator lights, chrome bumpers, Mach 1 rocker moldings, a rear wing, quad exhaust outlets, and rear window louvers”. I’m not sure but I believe there should have been a factory tach. Still I like the car and would happy to own it. I do have a 1970 Cougar that came with a 351W but now has a 428CJ – C6 w 3500 stall – 391 gear ratio weld weld and Wildwood disc brakes on a 4 corners just not an Eliminator. I don’t consider it less valuable.

    Like 2
  9. Jim Marohn

    Also, my favorite type of Mustang! OK, since no one else did, I’ll be the bad guy for once……lose the red floormats, or carpets , or whatever they are! They should of at least taken them out for the photos! I’m sorry seller, it had to be said.

    Like 3
  10. steve

    The hood scoop is not right. The Mach ! scoop is narrower, and the front edges come down to the hood in a point. This scoop looks like one from a Boss 429. I’d question why?? My bet, it’s a clone.

    Like 2
  11. Howie

    Yes looks great!! Sellers feedback (0).

    Like 1
  12. Rickirick

    Regardless…….Yes pleeezzze!!!

    Like 2
  13. PRA4SNW

    Genuine or not, someone will end up paying real-deal money for it.

    Like 0
  14. Jay E. Member

    It sold for $36,700.00. Which seems like a bargain considering the Red one listed oh BFa day ago sold for $12K more (30%!). Don’t see where there would be that big of a value difference, I guess that is why they call it re-sale Red.

    Like 1

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