COTM

2017 December Car of the Month

Jerry's Mach 1

The car was purchased in Yukon, Oklahoma. There was only a bare body with no front end, rear end, drive train or glass. It was originally a 351 Cleveland with an FMX trans and was gold with a white interior. It is currently grabber green with a 428 and a four speed with power front disc brakes, a/c and power steering. The car was also recently sold and replaced with a 2017 Shelby GT 350.

2017 November Car of the Month

Sean's Mach 1

It was 2004, and 2 years earlier, my wife Cheryl and I sold my ’93 LX 5.0 reef blue convertible. Regret, regret, regret. That summer back in Orlando before 3 hurricanes hit us in a 5 week period, I was perusing eBay, checking ’71 to ’73 Mustangs. I previously owned 4 of them; 2 ’73 Mach 1s and 2 ’71 Mach 1s. I really wasn’t looking to buy but deep down, I was yearning to have a Mustang again. I also had a ’90 LX 5.0 hatch which I traded in for that new ’93 reef blue convertible. While browsing eBay for weeks, a ’71 Boss 351 out of New Braunfels caught my eye, then a beautiful red ’72 Q-code Mach 1, and so on, and so on. Then I came across 1F05M125783, and it was for sale not far from our place in Florida. I called the guy and set up a meet at his Mopar (!) restoration shop for that afternoon. He put it up on a lift and I poked around at it. Solid California car with no rust issues. Then we went for the test drive. I had never driven a ’71-’73 Toploader before. I loved it, nothing compares to having that Hurst T-handle. I told him I would pay his reserve price and get the cash ASAP and we had a deal. I picked it up the following Saturday.

This Mach 1 was ordered with an M-code 351-4V, wide ratio 4-speed transmission, Magnum 500 wheels (still on the car), Selectaire air conditioning, Mach 1 sports interior, tachometer, and console. It has a dealer installed AM-FM radio and intermittent windshield wipers. The spoilers and body side tape stripes must have been installed upon a repaint, but will remain until it gets painted in the future. Due to the options ordered, it is a “one-of one”.

I present the car as well-kept driver. I’ve only done a few things to the car in the 13 years I’ve owned it. I stripped and repainted the cowl braces and top dash panel. I also replaced the driver side door panel with a repro as it had the usual tear on the elbow rest. I located a very good original door panel that I will put on in the near future. I also replaced the fuel pump last year and had a new clutch installed. All in all, I have not had to do much to it in 13 years of ownership.

The car has received a 3rd place in a national show back in Florida and few other awards at local shows, but one of my favorite things to do is drive it to interesting local spots and watch people “discover” the car when it’s parked. The NPD Silver Springs show was a regular stop every year while in Florida, and I’ve also taken it to the Carlisle Ford Nationals via the Amtrak Auto Train. I plan on holding on to it for many more years and keep it in shape.

2017 October Car of the Month

Brian's 67 Mustang

I first purchased the car back in the summer of 1981. Amazing to think it was only 14 years old at the time. I believe I was the 2nd owner.

I drove the car for a couple of years until I turned 18 and entered the Army. Sold it to a friend of mine who absolutely had to have it. That friend, JD, owned it until 1994 when he sold it to a mutual friend. I lost track of the car at that time not knowing it had changed hands. Fast forward to the summer of 2011, almost 30 years to the day I first purchased the car, I received a Facebook ping from the 4th owner. He was looking to sell the car and someone suggested he reach out to me. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to own the mustang again. Very excited to think my kids will learn to drive a manual transmission on the very same car that I drove at their age. It's already providing great memories for them.

2017 September Car of the Month

Kristina's Lava Red

I've always liked pushing the pedal to the metal, so I finally decided that it was time I get some real American muscle. When I began shopping around for that perfect Stang I came upon this 2012 beauty. Although it was an automatic V6 I couldn't let her get away.. (after further thinking it could help prevent me from getting speeding tickets).
I brought it home and immediately got on the computer and started to find ways to modify it. I have added louvers, tinted the windows and spiced up the wheels...
Lava Red was a limited production color, and only available in the year 2012. Japan was responsible for making the metallic red flakes that came in the paint, after the earthquake on March 11th production was no longer possible. Making this often mistaken for black color, a very rare option.
After all the 3.7 liter Mustang turbo swapped videos on YouTube, beating GT's and the infamous videos of one smoking a modded GTR, I still plan on making my dream come true turning this thing into a beast! It's my true pride and joy and hopefully just the first of many I will have in my collection.

2017 August Car of the Month

Ricky's Mach

As we all reminisce about our younger days and the awesome cars we had, I too joined the Mustang “in" crowd, again. Around 2003 I had decided to get my hands on another Cobra Jet. I had no idea of the difficulties I would have finding a 70. I was searching for a 1970 CJ Mach, due largely to the aluminum rocker paneling that looks so cool. As I proceeded I discovered that there were only around 2000 R codes for 1970, where there were 10,000 produced for 69. The challenge was on! The car I found was factory blue on blue with A/C, power brakes, and power steering, and VERY complete. Acapulco blue was not my favorite color, but since the interior was blue, I knew that was very rare. The blue Mach was found on a farm 45 miles north of Houston in a little place called Normangee.

So my wife and I hauled this thing from Normangee to Lubbock, (attention from spectators was flattering), we get the car home, and after a couple weekends of very light surgery (broken valve springs), I got to drive it on the country roads. It was a pure stock 428 CJ, and ran just the same. WOW, what an experience. And then… the painful restoration began. Part of the process was to get a Marti report, and to our total surprise, we had a 1 of 1 CJ Mach. BONUS! As the next few years dragged on, I completed everything myself except the body and paint work. After I put the all new blue interior in the freshly painted Acapulco Blue body, it looked better than I could ever had hoped. Now blue is my favorite color. And my maiden voyage? The MOCA annual Ford roundup show in 2008!

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