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Stored 25 Years: 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1

As the 1960s wore on, Ford executives realized they needed to give the Mustang a shot in the arm to stay ahead of the onslaught of new competitors. That would arrive in 1969 in the form of the Mach 1, a performance-oriented package based on the pony car’s fastback body style. The name sounded more aggressive than the GT it replaced (everyone had a car with GT in the name). This 1972 edition was a one-owner automobile until acquired by the seller and looks good, although it’s been off the road since 1996. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the car is available here on craigslist for $14,000.

Ford took another step forward in bolstering the Mustang’s muscle and youth image by creating the Mach 1. It was offered until 1978 and returned in 2003-04 and again in 2021. The name was borrowed from a 1969 concept car called the “Levacar Mach I” at the Ford Rotunda and was poised on a circular dais with a cushion of air for propulsion. The Mach 1 would help fortify Ford bit, but overall Mustang sales would decline from a high of 607,000 units in 1966 to 125,000 in 1972. The seller’s Mach 1 is one of about 18,000 built that year.

The seller’s neighbor bought this ’72 Mach 1 brand new and put 152,000 miles on it before putting it out to pasture about 25 years ago. That inactivity must have been inside a garage because the car is in overall very good physical condition. The paint is an older respray but looks rather nice with no mention of any rust. The interior also looks quite passable considering the age of the car, though the dash pad has a couple of cracks.

It has a 351 cubic inch Cleveland V8 with an automatic transmission. We’re told the Mustang runs, but not great, with no mention of what might be needed to change that. The car is well-equipped with power steering and brakes, air conditioning, and electric windows. Because the car hasn’t changed hands multiple times, Ford’s original window sticker and paperwork since new are included. The seller would consider a trade in the guise of a Falcon or Falcon Futura or Spring hardtop. The 1971-73 Mustangs don’t command the same money as the 1965-66 models do, but a super nice Mach 1 will hold its own.


  1. Anthony M.


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  3. Daniel Divine

    This one went quick! Good “heads up” on where the market is at?

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