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.