The early Mustangs have always been a favorite in the 70′s. Most cruise night parking lots were filled with F-bodies from the General, E-bodies from Ma Mopar, and the car you couldn’t resist: the Mustang. The Boss 302 and Mach 1 were an indication that plain brown wrapper wasn’t in your repertoire, you wanted to stand out and that you did.
When the Mach 1 came out in 1969, it was another performance offering from the Blue Oval, and it made it’s own statement amongst the Boss’ and Shelby’s, and was a successful replacement for the lacking sales of the GT in 69. With such visual clues as stripes, hood scoops, and a blacked out hood on some models, it was only available in the sportroof body style until the questionable Mustang II arrived. That kind of killed it with many people, making 1973 the last year for the big bodied Mach 1.
Imagine for a moment that you had one of these sporty ‘stangs and that you parked it on your lawn, and there it stays. You drove it there, then left it there, with no intention of selling it. But for good measure, you mow the lawn around it, but allow the rest of the lawn to become one with your Mach 1.
Sadly, that’s what happened to this gold 73 Mach 1 near Scottville, MI. We found out about this on the site CarsInBarns.com and although it’s sporting mismatched wheels they do seem to be period correct. The interior has been visited a few too many times by field mice, but the overall condition isn’t too bad. We often wonder why cool cars like this sit, with no intention of selling. We have heard stories of persistence paying off, though, so perhaps someone can give it their best shot?