1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 - VIN 0F05M18168
40,300 original miles, 351C-4V, FMX transmission, 3.25:1 differential,
Here's my recently acquired 1970 Mustang Mach 1. This is my first
classic car (not counting a 1957 Chevy Bel-Aire w/283 or 1955
Chevy 2-dr hardtop w/265). However, at the time who knew? They
were "used" back then, not classics!
Not much of a story to tell about this Mach 1 as it was bought
in excellent, no-rust condition = no work and lots of fun.
Seems, my neighbor owns American Classic Restorations, and
we'd been talking muscle cars, no mention of or intention
that I'd like to buy one. He comes over to my house one evening
and says, "I found your car." Gee, I didn't know
mine was missing. Then he tells me about the Mach 1. I said,
"So, you're saying I'm buying this car?". his answer:
"Yes." So I did. Why not. It is a beauty --- and
I knew it wouldn't loss 25% of its value driving it away from
This is an all-the-numbers-match Mach 1 with the exception
of the paint. The original color was Chestnut Metallic (Color
Code "Y") a late, not well-documented addition to
the stock Mustang color offerings from Mar 1970 to the end
of the model year (source: Marti AutoWorks). The car was repainted
Calypso Coral by the previous owner in early 2002, a professional
body man who did a stellar job. Good news: the new color looks
great. Bad news: originally it was only 1 of 132 built with
the "Y" color and 3A trim package.
Almost the entire car is original, including the interior,
and everything works. The few exceptions are typical maintenance
items, like hoses, some of which need re-replacing with correct
parts. It is a daily driver, although in New England, that
is stretching the meaning of "daily" a bit.
My 1st real "showing" of the Mustang Mach 1 was at a regular
Sat cruise night here in MA with my neighbor, a couple of
his friends, and their cars. It was quite an event driving
there and back: my 1970 Mach 1, a 1970 AAR 'Cuda 347 hemi
w/6 pack, a 1966 "sleeper" Chevelle 396, and a 1970
SuperBird 426 Hemi (yup, one of the only 93 built). Talk about
turning heads with those four beasts cruising together down
the highway!! THAT was fun!!