1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1
This is just a great-looking, great-driving 1970 Mach 1. That's it. Well, actually, that's quite a bit, because it's also one of the most popular pony cars of all time and this particular pony offers a torquey 351, an unusual color combination, and a strong pedigree. It seems like most of the Mach 1s are bright yellow, and it was one of the more popular colors in 1970. But this Dark Ivy Green Mach 1 stands out without being an extrovert. The paint is a few years old and shows a few signs of use, but overall it really has a great shine and depth that is shown to great effect by the grown-up color combination. With nice sheetmetal underneath, the kick-up behind the doors, the pointed hood with a built-in scoop, and a deep chin spoiler all work together to make this car aggression on wheels. With black stripes running along the hood, the ribbed rocker moldings, and Mach 1 callout on the rear fascia, there's no question what model this is. Out back, you get the honeycomb rear panel, classic three-element taillights, and a deck lid spoiler that looks better here than on just about anything else with a wing this side of an F-14. They kept the chrome bumpers, so there's a bit of sparkle at both ends, and window slats are always welcome on a fastback Mustang. Mustangs offered a great driving environment, and this car comes complete with Comfort-Weave bucket seats (in black, of course) and a center console. The seat covers and door panels might be original or older replacements, and the carpets are in excellent condition. The stock instruments are in good condition, albeit a little cloudy, and it carries heavy-duty floor mats to keep it looking tidy. The T-handle shifter falls easily to hand and feels natural the first time you drive it, and the woodgrained accents on the console and door panels are part of the Mach 1's upscale sport theme. A modern AM/FM/cassette stereo has been stuffed in the original radio's location and the factory rim-blow steering wheel is in decent condition with a crack at the 12 o'clock position. The trunk is finished with a correct plaid mat, full-sized spare with cover, and a pair of speakers behind the rear seats. The engine is a great-running 351 cubic inch Cleveland V8. Although you could get a Mach 1 with a 428, the Cleveland makes nearly as much power with far less weight over the nose, so it's a tidy handler. It's pretty stock, but this is the upgraded 351 with a 4-barrel manifold, a matching carb up top, and plenty of low-end torque. With the Ford Blue paint and factory air cleaner, it has a '60s performance look and it really is a neat fit in the Mustang's engine bay. Backed by a C4 3-speed automatic and a 9-inch rear, you don't need to worry about romping around with your foot on the loud pedal, especially since you've got power front disc brakes to help keep you out of trouble. A reproduction exhaust system gives it that traditional Mustang sound and we can spot new shocks and a fresh gas tank underneath. Thanks to those 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels, it also carries grippy 215/70/14 performance radials that elevate the car's ride and handling in a big way. Full of potential, this Mach 1 doesn't worry about pedigrees as much as having fun and looking great. This is a reasonably affordable way to enjoy Ford's most in-demand pony car. Call today!