1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1
In October of 1947, test pilot Chuck Yeager accomplished something
widely thought to be impossible due to an aircraft not being able
to withstand the shock when it happens. He proved them wrong by
breaking the sound barrier, (Mach 1), on October 14, 1947. At the
altitude he was, he had to be going over 662 MPH.
Fast forward to 1972 and we give you, a consignment, and benefiting
from a full 3-year long restoration and a Cleveland engine, Mach 1.
Some minor modifications to the engine, a rebuilt original
transmission, and drivetrain and donning its original white color
in a respray form along with a 98% restored interior, this big pony
draws your attention with ease. If the looks aren't enough to get
you hooked then dig deeper into the show history with this car
being part of the Carlisle Invitational Mustang 50th Display 2014,
the Carlisle Feature Vehicle 50 Years Mach 1 2019, and a Carlisle
Feature Vehicle Big Horses 71-73 2021 plus a deluxe Marti report,
the original build sheet, and the original dealership invoice, we
are ready to make a sonic boom with this Mach 1.
Draped in its crisp White respray with clear coat then add in some
black graphics on the NACA ram air hood and some side striping and
we are looking fast. Also, we can add some more black in the
badges, which are stick on, and a rocker stripe. A few frowns are
found in the form of some front bumper damage in spider crack form
and some inclusions in the paint, none of which is noticeable from
10 feet away. A rakish rear deck angles its way downward gracefully
all the way back to the rear spoiler. Underneath the spoiler we see
the triple brake lights residing in a blacked-out panel and
bordered by another stripe above and a clean bumper below. 15"
Magnum 500 chrome wheels are on all four corners. The 1972 front
grille is one of the most menacing of all the Mustangs and has been
emulated even in newer versions of this moniker with the deep-set
honeycomb motif. Lastly, worth noting this year we lost the hockey
stick cove on the side panels and doors.
Turning our attention to the interior, correct high back black
knitted vinyl buckets with black accenting stitched in are in
front, and a 2 plus 2 fold down seat in the rear. The original
dash, in the factory black color, with its deep round dual gauges,
displays the factory tachometer on the left and speedometer on the
right. In the dash center there is another trio of gauges
surrounded by wood applique and below in a field of black is an
aftermarket AM/FM stereo, temp control levers, and a clock. In the
center console we note a T handled shifter and a deep storage
compartment that doubles as an armrest for the front passengers.
Carpeting is black and clean, and above we see a black headliner
that is hanging tightly.
A 351ci Cleveland V8, not the original engine, was rebuilt in 2008
and had a Comp Cams .468 lift camshaft installed. This beautiful
blue mill also has a high flow intake courtesy of Edelbrock and a
Road Demon 725cfm 4-barrel carburetor lurking under the blue
painted factory Ram Air air cleaner assembly. Strapped to the back
is the consignor stated original FMX 3-speed automatic tranny with
a shift kit installed. On the rear is a Ford 9-inch pumpkin with a
3.25 conventional gearset. Helping you reach Mach speed is the
factory equipped NACA hood duct assembly, so this engine is fully
benefiting from the ram air. 5 stars on the engine bay presentation
with nary a hint of patina or rust.
All cleaned up and showing with the factory applied rustproofing
and undercoating. The suspension shows slight surface rust, the
floor pans are nice, and rockers have no rust. Dual Flowmaster
exhausts make their way rearward from the factory exhaust manifolds
attached to the Cleveland. Up front the ride and stopping is
provided by an independent coil spring arrangement with power disc
brakes and in the rear we see leaf springs and power drums. All
presenting very nice down below.
This rocket fired right up, and we have liftoff! Plenty of power,
and nice handling, and a comfortable interior to boot. It shifted
smoothly, and all interior functions were a go. While this was a
factory equipped A/C car, the system has since been removed but the
compressor is included with the purchase.
Nicely restored and save for a few minor flaws in the exterior we
have a nice example of the snarly Mach 1! A wonderful invitational
provenance from the Carlisle shows, proper documentation, and that
go fast NACA ram air hood, all you need to do now is "pony" up the
dough and you can drive it right out of here...BOOM!
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
05-Mustang Mach 1 Sportsroof
H-351ci V8 2bbl
157466-Sequential Unit Number
DATE 12/71-December 1971 Build
BODY 63R-Mustang Mach 1 Sportsroof
TRIM 6A-Black Sebring Knit/Corinthian Vinyl
AXLE 9-Ford 9" 3.25 Conventional
TRANS X-FMX Cruise-O-Matic
DSO 71-Los Angeles
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.