1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 - Reader Ride

By: Joe De Corrado, Photography by: Sean Tanner

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Joe De Corrado's '69 Mustang Mach 1

I've had the Mustang for roughly 15 years now, I first heard about this car being restored, near where I was living, but then it kind of disappeared.

When I was younger, I owned an XB coupe, but responsibilities and all that, I had to sell it to build my house in the 80s. Eventually I wanted another coupe, and I found one for sale in Maroochydore so I jumped on a plane and flew up there to check it out. To cut a long story short, it wasn’t an original. So I got back on a plane to head home, I noticed a magazine in the seat pocket in front of me. I saw this car in there, it was like an omen, so I thought I have to go and look at this thing. I headed up to Lexton, just past Ballarat and that’s how I came to own it.

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I’m very happy with it, I’ve done bits and pieces to it. The motor was a bit sluggish so I gave it a full freshen up and tidied it up a bit. I had it resprayed with the original colour, because the paint was all dull and fading. It has won a few prizes, it got runner up at All Ford Day about six years ago. It won best muscle car at Flemington for the All Mustang Show. I love it, I am going to hold on to it despite getting quite a few offers.

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