This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Has a Borrowed 429, Also a Bit of Rust


Another factor that boosts the popularity of the ’69 Mach 1 is the fact that the model only came with the SportsRoof body. You know, the fastback approach that instantly gets people talking.

Well, in the case of the Mach 1 we have here, the discussing might be complicated. The thing recently showed up on social media and its advanced state of decay seems to have caused a bit of a stir.

As mentioned in the Instagram post below, which comes from digital label rottingclassics, the vehicle, which was photographed by an enthusiast named Miguel Jimenez, is up for grabs. And the seller, who may or may not be the said aficionado, is reportedly asking for $5,000 (EUR4,218 at the current exchange rates).

And while we mentioned that the pony gets plenty of love these days, there are also multiple people who took to the comments section of the post to state that the asking price doesn’t seem fair given all the rust on the vehicle, among other issues.

In fact, here’s one of the most popular comments, coming from a gearhead name Timo (a.k.a. timo_arrg0406): “5k for a piece of rusted metal? I don’t care if it looks like a Mustang, that thing ain’t worth More than 500$,”

Others came to contradict the man, albeit while blaming the booming muscle car market for offerings like this, which involve a four-figure sum for a machine that clearly requires plenty of work even if one is simply aiming for a decent-condition muscle car rather than a perfecty restored vehicle.

Returning to the vehicle, this is said to have left the factory with a 351 ci (5.8L) V8, which blew up and was replaced by a 429 ci (7.0L) from a Ford LTD—note that the latter is different from the Boss 429 big-block.

Back in the day, the Mach 1 received different chassis and suspension specs based on the engines it came with, so we can’t help but wonder if whoever shoehorned that big-block in there also upgraded the front shock towers as well as the springs, shocks, and the sway bars, as the factory did.

Adding a little sugar to the offer is a four-speed manual, but would this be enough to convince you to pull the trigger?