NEW! Award 52: 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – SOLD!

Oct 2020 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday, NEW Award

January 31, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Long the least desirable of the first-generation Mustangs, the long and heavy 1971 through 1973 versions are finally starting to see values rise.  That’s especially the case with special versions such as this 1972 Mach I trimmed fastback originally listed in October 2020 on Craigslist in South Orange, New Jersey. Said to a rust-free, matching numbers example with just under 69K original miles, the current caretaker has their Mach 1 listed for the optimistic price of $39,999.  Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Mustang priced just under the #1 “Concours” value of $40,500. As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Valuation Tool also confirms the private seller has his Mach 1 priced well above the #1 “Excellent” estimate of $33,100. Sprinkle in the fact that none of three ’72 Mach 1 offered on Bring A Trailer to date crossed the $30,000 mark and it’s easy to see why we’re giving this seller our NEW! (short for “No Effin Way”) Award for such as optimistic asking price.

Ford introduced its “Mach 1” package as one of six performance versions 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.

Who can forget the famous Las Vegas chase scene in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever featuring a 1971 Mach 1 Mustang:

This Mustang is clearly a well-optioned example featuring factory air conditioning, it will take a winter’s worth of detailing the engine compartment and undercarriage to get this Mach 1 into the #1 “Concours” price range.  Also holding this car back in our humble opinion is that fact the while it may be equipped with a 351 cubic inch “Cleveland” V8, its the somewhat common two-barrel-carburetor topped version. Since the private seller doesn’t call attention to which version of the engine his car has, we’re assuming its this one and not one of the rarer four-barrel carburetor versions that would command the price premium.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“IMMACULATE numbers matching all original 1972 Mach 1 Mustang. 68,675 miles with no rust! Garage kept, this piece of automotive history has the factory 351C v8 with an FMX upgraded trans from the factory. Please contact me with any questions, thanks!

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