Up On Blocks: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The Mustang’s performance image was kicked up a notch in 1969 with the introduction of the Mach 1. Wearing the pony car’s new “Sportsroof” fastback styling, the auto would give Ford help in driving showroom traffic. The Mach 1 would represent nearly a quarter of all Mustangs built that year. This edition has been owned by the same party for 35 years and looks to have fallen on hard times. It will require a complete restoration and can be found in Vienna, Ohio. The car is available here on eBay with the bidding rests at $12,400.

It was a popular addition, and the Mach 1 would be a part of the Mustang line-up through 1978, which included the Mustang II when the car was reinvented after 1973. The name has popped up periodically since then, including 2003-04 and again for 2021. It first appeared on a concept car called the “Levacar Mach 1” that rode atop the Ford Rotunda using a cushion of air as propulsion on a circular dais. For its debut year of 1969, the Mustang Mach 1 came with a 351 cubic inch Windsor V8 and was adorned with a matte black hood with pins, hood scoop, a competition suspension, chrome pop-open gas cap, and a sportier interior. Add-ons could include a chin spoiler, rear deck spoiler, and rear window louvers called “SportSlats”.

The seller of this ’69 Mach 1 was 15 years old when his family bought the car. It left the factory with a 4-barrel carbureted version of the Windsor engine and a 4-speed manual. But at some point, an automatic transmission was substituted for the shifter, yet the clutch pedal is still in place. Because of this change, the car isn’t 100% numbers-matching, although the V8 was rebuilt way back when. The seller says he always intended to restore the car, but reality prevails and that never happened, so he’s ready to let it go.

While the red paint is dirty and dusty from being exposed to the elements, it reflects a color change. The car was originally white and the interior was red when it rolled off the assembly line. The interior color was also changed with some of the components being painted black rather than replaced in the proper color. So, the buyer will have to decide to go back to the original inside and out or stay with the current theme and make everything right.

The Ford is sitting up on blocks and we don’t see any rust, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Some degree of mechanical tinkering has no doubt taken place, given that the radiator is out of the car, for example. There are various parts in the trunk, interior and located in the vicinity of the Mustang. Online price guides suggest this could be an $80,000 car in perfect condition, but this one’s not close to that given the various substitutions. Since the car might clean up well enough for now, perhaps the focus initially would be to get it running again and then go from there.

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Comments

  1. Sam Shive

    Love The 69 Mustang. This one looks to be in pretty good shape. Get It Back On The Road AND Drive It Like You STOLE It.

    Like 8
  2. GregM

    Jeeeee-bus….

    Different exterior color, interior color, and transmission.
    Maybe the should have just traded in for what they wanted??
    For the eventual buyer, it would be awesome if the original tranny was still sitting on a bench in the barn somewhere…

    Like 8
  3. John Oliveri

    Gotta go back to 4 speed and original colors, if the motor is matching, it’s worth it

    Like 4
    • JB

      John did you read?? It said not matching numbers.

  4. Howie Mueler

    What no mention of the white fuzzy dice?

    Like 3
  5. Bob Mck Member

    Ohio dirt floors. Better look at this closely. Will be amazing done correctly.

    Like 1
  6. martinsane

    Why block the car up on blocks like that?
    Isnt the goal to get the tires off a hard surface to keep them from getting rotten?
    And as mentioned this is a 1300 car not 13k. Its been abused snd its only value is to drive until it implodes then send it off to the crusher or to the back forty to allow it to return to the earth from ehence it came.

    Like 1
    • Howie Mueler

      I was thinking the same thing, unless that is what they used when the swapped the tranny out. Too cheap to buy jack stands when they worked on it.

      Like 2
  7. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Per Wikipedia, these license plates look like they were used 1985-1990. So the car has been sitting in these less-than-ideal conditions for 30+ years? Rough, but I suspect someone will give it a restoration, given the popularity (and value) of 1969 Mustangs.

    Like 1
  8. Mark T Rosendahl

    A Mach 1 with a standard gas cap? And a blacked out rear panel?
    This looks like my old Sportsroof from years ago. At first look I thought it may be.

    Like 2
  9. Steven Brown

    Hagerty price of the best #1 70k this will never be the best #1. 38k top it will have to be rebodied most likely never a number matching again where’s the 4 speed top loaded? It will cost 50-60k to restore what is left. Great parts car I’m at 17k

    Like 1
  10. JBD

    Looks like my first car i bought at 15 years old. As a comparison, I paid $300 for it and drove it home. crazy current car prices demand another look at these.

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