Fixed Frame: 1972 Ford Mustang Mach I – SOLD!
Jan 1st, 2020 Update: The Craigslist ad used for this post expired, so with no replacement found, we’re calling this one “Sold!”
Ford produced its first generation Mustang from the middle of 1964 through 1973, however by 1972 examples like this claimed Mach I listed on Craigslist in Bangor, Pennsylvania we much longer and heavier than the original car. The private seller of this Mustang currently has it listed for $4,000, which relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool he has his Mach 1 priced well below the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $16,400.
Ford introduced its “Mach 1” package as one of six performance version of its popular Mustang for 1969. Ford elected to keep the Mach 1 package alive when the company restyled the Mustang for 1971. Available only in the “Sports Roof” (i.e. fastback) body style, the most notable styling cues for the 71-73 Mach 1’s are a body color matching urethane front bumper and the dual NACA scoop hood. While virtually identical to the ’71 model styling-wise, for 1972 Ford eliminated the big block engine options and switched its horsepower ratings to SAE net for the three 351 cubic inch V8 options that remained available.
The seller of this Mustang has it priced as a project car for a number of reasons. First, The private seller provides the Vehicle Identification number (“VIN”) “2T05H010101” in his post. The “2T05”, if correct, confirms this Mustang is a ’72 Mach I built in Ford’s Metuchen, New Jersey facility. The next “H” digit confirms this Mach I Sports roof was originally equipped with the optional 168 horsepower, two barrel topped, 351 cubic inch V8 so the Cleveland 4V intake currently on the car is not original. Finally, we take issue with “010101” list in the ad as Ford VINs during that time started at “100001.” So, be sure to check the entire VIN during you in person inspection to confirm the proper number and whether this car is in fact originally a Mach 1.
Besides the need to reinstall the factory power steering, the only cause for our concern is what appears to be a repair frame rail. With the floors and rear quarter panels replaced, we wouldn’t be surprised to see frame repairs as well. However, the poor quality of the welds would have us really taking a very close inspection of this car underneath before opening our wallet.
That issue aside, there is a lot of potential upside in bring this Mach 1 back to its former glory. You’ll never win a Concours with it, but your can certainly have a lot of fun cruising to your favorite shows. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“For sale a 1972 mustang mach 1, 351 Cleveland 4V intake, Two barrel motor. Automatic, manual steering I do have everything to convert back to power steering that goes with the car. Floors have been replaced and are solid. Quarter panels also have been replaced. Motor runs good. There is an exhaust leak however. This is a running driving classic. If you would like to kick the tires. The car is located at 126 blaine street East Bangor PA. 18013.“
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