Acapulco Blue
White
428 Cobra Jet V8
4 Speed Manual
  • Correct 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet V8
  • Correct Toploader 4-speed manual transmission
  • Ford 9-inch rear axle
  • 14-inch Ford Styled Steel wheels
  • Correct Acapulco Blue paint
  • Correct White interior
  • Actual R-code 428/4-speed Mach 1
  • Rotisserie restoration completed in 2014
  • Sale includes restoration photos and a Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report

SUMMARY

* Rotisserie restoration completed in 2014
* Actual R-code 428/4-speed Mach 1
* Correct 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet V8
* Correct Toploader 4-speed manual transmission
* Correct Acapulco Blue paint
* Correct White interior
* Sale includes restoration photos and a Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report
* Ford 9-inch rear axle
* 14-inch Ford Styled Steel wheels

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When you ask most Ford enthusiasts what their favorite Mustang is, the '69 fastback is always at the top of the list. Between its slick hip lines and slightly larger stature, it was the 'stang that officially laid rubber across the grave of the “secretary car” stigma. Production numbers weren't exactly low, but when an example like this fully documented R-code Mach 1 comes along, we're always happy to clear a spot in our showroom. Wrapping a cool color combination around a correct 428 Cobra Jet, a correct Toploader 4-speed and enough appeal to draw a crowd anytime it sits still, this Ford is an awesome twist on a can't-miss favorite. And if you're looking for the perfect first generation pony car that'll rule local shows and make the best of your summer weekends, it's your next classic!

BODYWORK/TRIM

With most muscle cars, there's usually a single element that catches your eye long before anything else. But with this Mustang, EVERY piece works together to create a virtual symphony of automobilia. With a solid fastback body that's benefitted from a detailed, rotisserie restoration, this is the kind of metal that could turn heads in primer; and what better way to ensure sore neck muscles than mixing in correct Acapulco Blue paint? That paint coats fit and finish that puts factory-original fodder to shame. That fit and finish is augmented by a slick satin hood stripe, which recreates traditional Mach 1 markings. And to ensure this pony will stand out from the herd, everything has been buffed to a show-stopping shine!

For 1967, Ford rolled out a bigger, more muscular pony car. And the 1968 and '69 model years saw that design subtly refined. The front end was cleaned up thanks to a deletion of horizontal grille bars. That brightwork was replaced with a single band of trim surrounding the grille, which, on this coupe, also houses driving lights. Above that grille, a shaker hood features stainless lanyards and a small, silver-detailed scoop. Along the car's profile, bright Mach 1 stripes hover between clear marker lamps and dent-free rocker spears. At the doors, body-matched sport mirrors complement traditional quarter scoops and highly detailed B-pillar emblems. Below the roofline, show-quality stainless edges like-new glass. And when you follow the fastback rearward, a third Mach 1 stripe frames a broad ”M U S T A N G” script, triple-segment taillights and a pony-branded fuel filler above small reverse lamps and quad-outlet exhaust tips.

ENGINE

Back in 1969, if you wanted a Mustang and you wanted to slay stoplights, you wanted Ford's killer Cobra Jet V8. Lift this fastback's scooped hood and you'll find 428 cubic inches of FE big block that's been completely rebuilt from its spry Holley carburetor all the way down to its May (E) 19th (19), 1969 (9) casting date. Long regarded as one of the most iconic mills ever created, factory-supplied Cobra Jets utilized a strengthened medium block, heavy-duty rods, a nodular crankshaft, and larger valves and ports to produce an advertised 335 horsepower. At the top of the engine, ram air cowl induction centers a “COBRA JET” branded shaker over a high performance intake. At the sides of that intake, cast iron heads hang polished Ford valve covers over fully restored exhaust manifolds. A familiar points distributor, which sequences sparks through fresh Autolite Radio Resistance plug wires, lights the fires. Cooling comes courtesy of a stock radiator, which circulates water through pliable Autolite hoses and old school screw clamps. And squeak-free belts, which spin a rebuilt alternator via simple black pulleys, provide charging. Aesthetically, the clean engine bay appears very close to original, featuring an even combination of Satin Black and Ford Blue paint. And everything, from the car's tagged Autolite battery to its bright Autolite voltage regulator, appears fully sorted and ready to show.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Take a look at our professional, high-resolution photos and you'll see that the bottom of this fully sorted pony is a literal expose in freshly restored factory accuracy. Behind the car's first-class Ford block, a tough Toploader 4-speed drives a durable Ford 9-inch that's equipped with solid, road-ready gears. Holding that versatile drivetrain off the ground is a lucid factory suspension, which has been fully rebuilt and correctly tagged. Above that suspension, clean floorpans appear solid and show absolutely no signs of rust or weathering. At the center of those floors, free breathing, true-dual pipes shuttle spent gases from the aforementioned manifolds to small resonators and a transversely mounted muffler. At the corners of the car, factory drum brakes make solid stops an absolute cinch. And everything rolls on attractive chrome rims, which spin F70-14 Goodyear Polyglas Custom Wide Treads around polished trim rings and satin center caps.

INTERIOR

Inside this Ford, a correct and equally attractive interior will make any Mustang fan feel right at home. Everything from the car's floor mats to its headliner appears new, and correct hi-back buckets provide plenty of support for spirited driving. From the captain's chair, a familiar Mustang dash features a nice set of factory gauges, which keeps tabs on fuel, speed, revs and temperature, while a Rim Blow steering wheel keeps the driver connected to the road. At the center of the cockpit, a correct Philco radio hangs over an ornate chrome shifter and long factory console. At the sides of the cabin, bright, crack-free door panels feature an attractive mix of stainless and wood applique. And behind the passengers, a restored trunk features a fresh mat, a fresh decal and a full-size spare tire.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

According to Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works, this super clean fastback was bolted together in Dearborn, Michigan on November 5th, 1968. Here's a thorough breakdown of the car's original Door Data:

SERIAL NUMBER: 9F02RXXXXXX
* 9 – 1969 model year
* F – Built in Dearborn, Michigan
* 02 – Mustang Sportsroof
* R – 428 cubic inch, 4V Cobra Jet engine that's equipped with ram air
* XX,XXXth Ford vehicle scheduled for production at Dearborn
* 63C – Mustang Mach 1 Sportsroof
* 65 – Ford #3077-A Acapulco Blue paint that's complete with a blacked out hood
* 3W – White Clarion Knit vinyl interior that's complete with Mach 1 hi-back bucket seats
* 24K – Scheduled for build on October 24th, 1968
* 21 – Atlanta Ordering District
* A – 3.50 conventional axle
* 6 – 4-speed, close-ratio manual transmission

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OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

* A vintage Owner's Manual
* A binder of restoration photos
* The aforementioned Marti Auto Works Deluxe Report

It's hard to picture the automotive world without Mustangs. In addition to being a long-term staple in the collector car market, they continue to be favorites among racers and purists alike. With its buff 428, proven Toploader and nearly universal appeal, this R-code Mach 1 is ideal for anyone who wants a great mix of old school fun and show-stopping looks!

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