Super Cobra Jet 4-Speed! 1969 Mustang Mach I

Ten years before this car was built, automotive performance generally improved as you moved upmarket. Fancier, more expensive cars of the late ’50s tended to pack more punch than smaller, cheaper cars. The popularity of drag racing, street racing, and stock car racing drove competition during the ’60s in the spirit of “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.” Fast forward to the Summer of Love and you have this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I. The Fishing Creek, Maryland classic left the factory with Ford’s heavy-hitting 428 cid (7.0L) Super Cobra-Jet V8 in the lightweight 2+2 pony car body. This one is full of rust and missing its motor, but there will always be excitement around a 1-of-2501 R-code Mach I Mustang from 1969. The listing here on eBay asks $19,500 or you might get lucky with the Make Offer option.

A host of extreme close-up and/or cell-phone pictures in the listing make it difficult to assess the vehicle’s overall condition, but it’s clear that this empty space no longer contains the hot 428 or close-ratio four-speed manual transmission.

Unlike the road-course-ready Boss 302 Mustang, the 428 primarily appealed to drag-racing enthusiasts. The listing includes a Marti Report outlining the car’s original equipment, suggesting this Super Cobra Jet Mach I served someone who wanted the killer SCJ for enthusiastic driving at least partially on public roads. One interesting option, the Tilt-Away Steering Wheel, raises automatically when you exit the vehicle, and can be driven in one of nine positions. The Mach I package comes with some flash and a handling suspension that would be superfluous for hard-core drag-racing. Most of the interior looks great compared to many never-restored cars of this vintage.

Check out the original Silver Jade paint on this similar car at Barrett-Jackson. Why anyone would paint over Silver Jade with what looks like Chevy Arctic White defies explanation. This is the best picture we have of the car’s rear, so hopefully it didn’t back into a tree. Despite the Maryland address, the seller mentions the car’s long history in Ohio where rust did a number on this once-flashy pony car. Would you take a chance on restoring this rusty roller?


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  1. Steve Bush Member

    Was a very nice fast car when new and still could be with a large investment of time and money. But seller is nuts if he thinks he’ll get anywhere near his $20k asking for this rusty 50 year old Mustang with no engine/trans, especially with the awful pics he provides. And anyone who pays anywhere near his asking is even more nuts than him.

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  2. Jim

    Summer of love was 1967

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    • stillrunners stillrunners Member

      Much like yours………..

    • Jim

      Wow, just correcting the author like hundreds before me. Sorry to trigger your delicate emotions. Now back to your safe space.

  3. Ford Mann

    tihs llub .. way over priced for rust and no motor

    Restored its just another nom fast back ..

    I do hope at six grand it gets restored

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    • stu

      Guys, like the car but I’m about 20k short! Anyone want to pitch in?

  4. Argy

    Twenty grand for a rusted out VIN plate that just so happens to be missing the thing that makes it special in the first place. Sounds like a worthwhile investment to me!

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  5. Will Fox

    The most important part of this 1-of-2501 Mach I isn’t even around anymore, so I wouldn’t be able to justify the price he’s wanting. The way it sits, it could’ve been a 351-2V for all anyone knows.

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    • David

      That was my father in laws car. It had a 428 SCJ which he built up. The motor was sold separately.

      Like 5
  6. Johnny

    Theirs alot I could say about this car,but they don,t allow profanity. So I bite my tongue and think –sometimes their should be exception. $20,000 for a rust bucket with no running gear. Drove in Ohio for anyone,s guess on salty roads. The frame and all under neith is more the likely gone. Keep this car. Hold onto your money and head west and find one in alot better shape that you can drive and enjoy. Their out their.Just look and take your time. If you had $20,000 handy –you,ll find a saler. I ,ll bet if this was your car and you had it on a trailer and wrecked. Hagerty would NOT pay you $20,000 for this. My cousin sold one awhile back in alot better shape. It had a freshly built-souped up 460 in it. Plus the guy drove it home for $3,500

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  7. Cody

    This was my grandfathers car. The family sold it a few weeks ago. It needs a lot of work, that’s for sure.

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  8. Maverick

    Just another overpriced rustang.

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  9. Danny Winebrenner

    Love is in the eyes of the beholder, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure . I have a restored 69 fastback that I have put into a ton of metal work and with a new 400hp crate engine did it all myself and even painted myself and I only have 18000 in it . it would take the same with this car to keep it from getting out of control .

  10. Bill McCoskey

    I’m not very far from this car, I may have seen it when I was on Hooper Island 2 weeks ago [not sure, I remember seeing a white rustang in the area, but I was there to look at a house, not a car].

    If someone is serious about this car, I can take a look at it, just let me know.

  11. JBD

    I e restored a few ‘69 mach 1s, an R code 4:30 Locker rear car also. Although an Ohio car is not so desirable, the bones are good, even if it needs torque boxes.
    Build is 12/68, so an early car before actual “ drag pack” was marketed. A savable car and typical flipper car. Hopefully the original owner’s family didn’t give it away.

  12. Lance G Nord

    If it still had matching number engine/trans, he could probably get that number. Now the only thing worthwhile is the VIN plate and it’s not worth 19 large ones.

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  13. BONE

    As for painting over silver – I’d paint any color over silver- I hate silver cars ! LOL

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