Low Mileage, Numbers Matching, Barn Find Mach 1!

If you’re looking for an original 1971 Mach 1 to restore, it doesn’t get much better than this! This is a 3 owner car that retains it’s original, numbers matching 351 Cleveland… and only has 41k miles!
This 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 looks like a very original car with decent options and low miles. Claimed to be in excellent mechanical health, the seller says he’d take it cross country tomorrow. There’s some rust to sort out but it presents nicely as-is and I’m digging the factory body graphics and chunky wheel trim rings. Find this survivor-grade Mach 1 here on craigslist for $16,000 and be sure to go here if the ad disappears.

I love seeing worn original paint and bumper stickers that tell the story of a car used for everything from grocery runs to amusement park trips. The seller says this Mach 1 was actually parked in 1984 due to a faulty ignition coil and not moved until earlier this year when it was sold as part of an estate sale. The nicely-preserved chrome on the bumpers and “Mach 1” graphics on the trunk lid point to a car that spent a fair amount of time indoors.
The interior also presents incredibly well, and along with the preserved paint, help lend some credence to the low mileage claims. While the odometers have a poor track record for accuracy from this era, this certainly is an interior more fitting of a 41,000 mile car than a 141,000 mile example. The dash pad looks a bit tired but the door panels, console, seats and carpets all look quite good. While we’d love to see a manual transmission in here, the automatic suits the 351 just fine.
Speaking of the motor, the seller has addressed some additional maintenance items but says he kept the originals of any parts he replaced. Recent fixes include the ignition coil as well as a replacement gas tank, fresh tires, and a new carburetor and radiator. The rust I mentioned demands replacement floors, and the seller notes there are some small holes in the trunk wheel wells. Overall, this Mach 1 looks like an honest driver with lots of low-cost cruising miles ahead.

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