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1971 Mach 1 M Code, 1973 Coupe
I inspected three additional Mustangs today. Would like some feedback from forum members:

1) 1971 Mach 1, M Code (original motor), Bright Blue Metallic, C-6, Mach 1 Interior, AC; Needs exterior and trunk restoration, respray, exhaust, AC redone, motor rebuilt, tires, fuel system, wheels, shocks; all there. 105,000 miles on car. What is fair market value for such a Mach 1?

2) 1973 Coupe, rebuilt original 302, dark green, Florida car; solid; all there; owner asking $3,000 OBO.

3) 1972 Mach 1, wimbledon white, 351-4v, 4 speed top-loader, AC, needs complete restoration; most of the necessary replacement parts provided (New): pans, etc. Owner asking $5,000.00

Thanks ahead of time for any feedback you might provide on any of thrse three vehicles.

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Tim: Restoring 71-73 Ponies, Restoring People
I would go after the 72 if like you said most of the parts are there and it just needs the work to be put in

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97 F150: wrecked, 96 Dodge 4x4: blown motor / donated to the base
88 Suburban 4x4 355 cid 8 inch lift: sold, 95 Celica 5 speed : sold
68 F750 391 cid : sold,  96 F350 7.3 diesel dually : sold
86 Chevy 1500 305 cid c1500: sold, 73 Mustang mach 1 466 cid 5 speed : under construction
89 F350 4x4 cummins swap : sold, 64 Dodge d600: gone
00 Excursion: traded, 72 Mustang mach 1 302: scrapped
73 Mustang coupe: scrapped, 73 ranchero gt
06 Honda crf 450x : sold, 04 Honda vtx 1800
88 Bronco xlt lariat: sold, 76 Charger: traded
95 F350 4x4: sold , 91 Crown Victoria 302: sold
02 Dakota: traded, 96 f250 powerstroke: parts truck
87 f700, 98 e350 powerstroke: sold
03 land rover: traded, 95 f350 dually: part out
95 f350 dually: traded, 94 f150 4x4: traded
97 f250: sold, 76 Maverick 302: sold
91 240sx rb25: sold, 86 firebird: sold
86 Trans Am: sold, 88 westernstar: sold
89 dodge d350: sold, 2000 Dakota 4x4: sold  
84 f350 3+3: sold, 90 bronco: partout
67 catalina, 64 chevy c60
64 jeep j200, 74 corvette stingray
79 Lincoln mark V, 2013 f350: goldilocks
The 73 coupe is good for a driver

The 72 sounds like a good deal if you want to get into complete restoration again

and the 71 when you say trunk restoration....how deep a restoration? Deep enough for frame rails or just a cosmetic job?

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73 Convertible 302-4v-3spd yellow /white int

08 Bullitt 4.6-5 spd black/black int

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy
It depends on what you want Tim. Without actually seeing the cars and going on a brief description is tough.

If you are looking for the one with the most potential value, probably the 72mach but that will likely require the most investment in time and possibly cash. If you want a quick clean-up and flip probably the 73. I would think the 71 and 72 are probably worth about the same, the 71 seems like it needs less work and the 72 has the parts, kind of a wash.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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As others have said, it depends on what you're looking for and what you're planning on doing with it. From personal experience unless you have the equipement, time and experience to do most fo the work yourself, you'll sink more money buying a fixer up than if you spent the money up front and bought one someone else has restored. That's especially true for those fixer uppers having notable rust issues. Shop around, there are some really nice ones out there were people spent years and put 10's of thousands more into them than they're asking.

Of course some people like the challenge of fixing them up themselves, have the skills to do it and can probably can do it cheaper. If I had to do it over I would be buying someone else's money pit already completed. I had that opportuntity before I bought mine, he wanted 20K and it was CHERRY, he told me had over 30K in restoration costs in it over the last 3 years. At the time I thought he was stretching the truth. After working on my money pit I now have no doubt he had 30K in restoration into it; 20K up front would have been cheaper and given me a better Mustang. Not to say I don't love mine, I'm just offering advise from someone who's been down the path you're about to take.



M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
If you're partial to Bright Blue Metallic, there's a half-decent '73 Mach 1 here in Homestead for $8,500:


It might be solid, if in need of some TLC; might be worth a look.


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The 72 Mach as described is a bargain in my opinion. Chuck
Tim, I like the sound of door #3. The 4 speed is very desirable & would help to sell it quicker than an auto trans.

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
1. You won't get your money out of a coupe.

2. You won't get your money out of a coupe.

3. You might get your money out of the Mach I but probably not your time. Especially given the attention to detail in that is evident in the pictures of your previous work.

73 conv. 460, D0VE large valve heads, Performer RPM manifold, Voodoo 227/233 cam, Holley 950 HP carb, C6 trans, 3.25 trak-loc.
Nice choices!

Buy all three. Drive #2, begin with #1 to finance #3.

Sorry, I'm not much help. Sad
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