47,840 original miles. Single-family ownership since 1974. 351C with 4-barrel carburetor. Beautiful mostly original paint, original interior, factory A/C. Great V8 Mustang convertible for the money!
This car came to us looking sparkling in its white livery, which is indeed the car’s original color and mostly original paint. The doors were repainted a few years ago to excise 40 years’ worth of parking lot dings, but the match is exact and if I hadn’t told you about it, you wouldn’t even notice. It was a little bland, however, so we added the black stripes, borrowing from the 1973 Mach 1 and the hood stripes used on the 1972 Sprint, and the look is awesome. As a car that’s never been hit, wrecked, or fully disassembled, all the body panels line up just the way they did when it was new, with doors that close with a surprisingly reassuring solidity and a hood that never fights you. The paint shines up beautifully and all the chrome remains in excellent condition, making this a car with no needs that can be enjoyed immediately.
The interior isn’t white, it’s parchment, so don’t be fooled into thinking it’s discolored. Those are original seat covers that remain in excellent condition with no splits or tears, the door panels aren’t cracked or delaminating, and the back seat looks and feels completely unused. The carpets were replaced a few years ago, but the dash pad and center console are original and do not show any UV damage or cracking. The steering wheel is the original woodgrained “rim blow” unit and yeas, the rim blow feature does indeed work correctly. The gauges cover only the basics, but they all work, including the warning lights, and show bright markings behind clear lenses. The original AM radio is in the dash and is ripe for an upgrade—what’s a Mustang if you can’t take your music with you? You’ll also note there’s factory A/C, which isn’t currently operational but could probably be made to work without a major investment. Overhead there’s a white power convertible top that was installed several years ago, and it folds easily with the touch of a switch, where it’s hidden by a matching parchment boot. The trunk is also correctly outfitted with what we believe to be the original mat, and there are no nasty surprises waiting underneath—the floors and inner quarters are very clean and wear their original spatter paint.
This is the car’s original, numbers-matching H-code 351 “Cleveland” V8, which was the top-of-the-line engine in 1973. Originally equipped with a 2-barrel carburetor (4-barrels were gone in 1973), it’s been upgraded to an Edelbrock 4-barrel with a matching aluminum intake manifold. There’s also a modern electronic ignition system with an aluminum distributor up front. It starts easily, hot or cold, and never seems cranky, which is pretty impressive. The 4-barrel makes the most of the Cleveland’s deep-breathing intake ports, adding more performance than you’d expect from such a modest modification—this car feels downright fast! It’s also quite content to trundle around town, sit in traffic, or eat up miles of highway, making this a Mustang that’s ideal for the person who likes to drive.
The Cleveland is backed by a robust C6 3-speed automatic transmission and 3.00 gears out back, so it’s a nice highway cruiser and that tall gearing allows the big torque to move the car with smoothness that’s unexpected. As a mostly original car, the undercarriage isn’t’ detailed for show, but the floors are incredibly clean, with two replacement pans in the usual locations in the rear seat foot wells, and the work was very professionally done. You’ll find that the rockers are solid, the torque boxes are like new, and everything fits together the way it should. There’s a single exhaust system, as original, and it’s got a nice V8 grumble and I think the logical next step would be the installation of a righteously rumbling dual exhaust setup, which will also unleash a bit more horsepower. There are recent shocks at all four corners, new parts on the front end like fresh lower control arms, and plenty of evidence that this car has led a good life. Magnum 500 wheels are exactly the right choice, and they carry 215/70/14 white-letter radials with plenty of life left in them.
This is a heck of a lot of car for the money. It drives beautifully, with a tight feeling that you only get from low-mileage original cars. The V8 is bulletproof and offers a nice compromise between performance and convenience, and you can’t argue with the look, because this car has a ton of eyeball appeal. One of the nicer Mustangs we’ve featured, the fact that it’s so affordable is only icing on the cake. Call now!
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