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June 2013 COTM!
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Magnum 
I would like to nominate my 73 Mach 1 for COTM for June. Here are some specs on the car:
73 Mach 1, 351C-4V original engine, C6 transmission, blue glow with argent stripes, black Mach 1 interior, fold down seat, interior decor group, tu-tone hood with hood locks, rear spoiler, AM 8 track player. These were all original options and documented on the Marti report. The car was built on July 5th 1973 making it one of the last Mach 1s produced .

I saw this car with a "For Sale" sign in the window parked in some guys driveway in my hometown back in 1980. I convinced my brother to buy it (I already had a green 73 Mach 1 of my own at the time) so he gathered up the $750 asking price and brought it home. Over the next two years, he changed the exterior color to red with black stripes and entered the car in several shows. The car was in good shape with no rust but had some mechanical problems. Here is the Mach 1 after being changed to red/black from it's original blue glow:
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The original problematic 351C 4V was later pulled in favor of a 351W from a Torino that did not have any problems. The Cleveland was stowed in the back of the garage and would remain there for 20 more years. My brother joined the Air Force in 1987 and left home. The Mach 1 stayed behind in my Dad's pole barn. Over the next 14 years, mice moved into the car and the exhaust system rusted away. When there was talk in 2001 of getting rid of the Mach 1, I told my Dad I would pay my brother a fair price and bring it over to my house for more storage time. He just wanted it out of the garage. I grabbed up the original Cleveland and trailered the Mach 1 (not running) 300 miles back to my house. Over the next 12 years, I slowly restored the Mach's suspension, pulled the old Windsor replacement engine, had the Cleveland rebuilt and the C6 rebuilt. In 2011, I sent the car off for paint and body work.
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I received the car back from the shop in April 2013. I returned the Mach 1 to it's original blue glow/argent scheme and added Magnum 500 wheels.
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So after 33 years, the Mach 1 is back to being in it's (mostly) original state. Everyone in my family is amazed at how the car looks after all these years and they are glad that it remained in the family. My brother drove this car to my wedding 31 years ago ! We have a lot of history with this Mach 1 and I look forward to many more years. My car will be 40 years old in July and looks like it just came off of the showroom floor !

Steve
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code C6 Auto
73 Mach 1 Blue Glow/Argent Q Code 4 Speed
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#2
Great Story!!, I really like that shade of blue.

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Iyman
1972 Mustang convertible run_horse  
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#3
She is a beauty
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#4
Love the story, and man that is a nice looking car!

Steve



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#5
That is an awesome story and a really beautiful car. Keep it in the family and keep it on the road.

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#6
Great history. Nice car.

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#7
Great story for a great looking car.Cool
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#8
fantastic looking beast, great colour combo congrats
Scott Shy
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#9
Great story, to go with a fine Stang.

I've been in the Mustang hobby, since the late 80's. Though always with 65-66 2+2's.
Now that my younger brother has passed, and I have his 73 Vert. I can see Robert's Silver Vert wearing the very attractive Blue Glow color scheme is. And maybe soneday being a COTM, as your fine car is.

Tubo
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