1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 review

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This green monster 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is the quintessential Seventies muscle car


1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1

You could accuse the 1970s of a number of things, but subtlety is not one of them going by the cars and the fashions.

One of the products of that time is this, a 1970 Mach 1 Mustang with the 428 Cobra Jet powerplant, complete with shaker proudly poking its snout through the bonnet. It claimed a comparatively modest 335 horses, which may be below the real figure. In any case, the bent eight was part of a contemporary trend towards squeezing ever more cubic inches under the paint.

The driveline in this car includes a C6 transmission, which is essentially a three-speed heavy-duty auto designed for truck and large car use that saw decades of service in a host of different models.

Stephen Struyf of Adults Only Car Shop, says this example was built as a motorshow car, which is why it’s got all the premium mechanical gear, along with a host of desirable interior options. "It’s got everything Mum and Dad had back in 1970," he says, "Including the eight-track stereo!"

Incredibly, it’s only had two owners, the first of which was a Mr Bart Lovely, of Lovely Lane (true story!) somewhere in Oklahoma. The car underwent a full rotisserie restoration in the USA at some stage, and the people who did it even went to the trouble of ensuring the paint finish is period-correct.

Its second owner shipped it over here in 2011.

This R-code example is an early build – number 26 of the series – and it comes with a Marti report.

The near enough to $100k asking price is substantial, but a whole lot less surprising when you look at how the USA market is now performing. 


1969-70 was a dizzying period for Ford performance fans, with six Mustang hero models on offer: the GT, Boss 302, Boss 429, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500 and the Mach 1. The latter was heavily upgraded with competition suspension, new wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tyres, deluxe interior plus spoilers front and rear.

Standard equipment for the Mach 1 in 1969 was a 351 powerplant and three-speed manual transmission.


1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1

BODY steel monocoque
ENGINE 428 Cobra Jet V8
POWER 250kW @5200rpm
TORQUE 597Nm @3400rpm
PERFORMANCE 0-100km/h 6.9s, 220km/h top speed
GEARBOX C6 3-speed auto
BRAKES disc/drum
PRICE $100,000
CAR SUPPLIED BY adultsonlycarshop.com.au


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