This 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 spent more than four decades in a barn in Michigan, and recently saw the light of day again, and in quite dramatic fashion.
But before we start writing about the car itself, it is important to learn something about the story and the people in it. Joe , who grew up around cars and absolutely loves Mustangs, buys the car from Pam , who kept it after her husband Phil passed away. Phil and Pam were not the original owners, but they looked after the car during the 1970s and eventually parked it in a barn for unknown reasons. According to Pam, it was sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s.
In the decades that followed, the stable was filled with other cars and other things in between. Ford fans might also recognize the early 1980s Ford EXP, a two-door, front-wheel-drive sports coupe based on the Escort also lurking inside But this is the story of the Mustang Mach 1, which is truly special. Namely, the 1969 or 1970 Mach 1 is among the most sought after in the Mustang world, and this 1970 model has a “shaker” hood with a 7.0-liter V8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Time has been rough on the exterior, so now the original red looks more like orange. It’s got Goodyear old-school tires and the odometer shows just 49,953 miles (80,000 kilometers). In fact, this Mach 1 appears to be almost entirely original. Instead of clearing out the entire barn, Joe shows up with help and removes part of the wall behind the Mustang. After the site is cleaned, it is winched onto a trailer and taken for its first wash in four decades. Each step in the process reveals more good news – the paint is in good shape, the underside is solid, and the interior is clean and well-kept.
Joe has no intention of selling the Mach 1 for profit, instead stating that it is his dream car. He actually knew Pam for many years, and now that he’s in Joe’s care, the plan is to rebuild him with his kids and enjoy him.