1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 V8 351W


  • Re-engined with 351ci V8 powerplant
  • Only 1,400 miles on the replacement engine
  • Kept in a bubble and air-conditioned garage
  • MOT valid until May 2025
  • Beautiful blue exterior with matching blue and black interior
  • Comprehensive documentation including MOT certificates and engine replacement information

The Appeal

The Ford Mustang was always prized by the younger generations in the 60s and 70s - they were, after all, relatively affordable and loaded with performance and aggression - a brash, rebellious icon of the motor road. However, by 1969 the car's range of 'Boss' models were centre stage, taking form in the Shelby GT350 and GT500, the Mustang GT and, of course, the Mach 1.

Available in a limited range of specifications, the Mach 1 package was only available with the 'SportsRoof' fastback body style, and was aimed at the younger, brasher, and more in-your-face audience that had grown to clamour for America's finest Pony Car. 

This particular one is something special - with a beautiful blue colour scheme and a brand new, bigger-than-ever engine providing top-notch, gas-guzzling performance that'd make any 70s petrolhead proud. 

With only 1,400 miles on its replacement engine, this Mustang offers a rare opportunity to own a piece of automotive history that looks and drives like new, that's always been kept in a car-bubble in a dry, air-conditioned garage.

History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1973
  • Previously based in Florida, USA
  • Imported to the UK and registered in 2016
  • Since then, the DVLA has recorded 2 keepers
  • In current ownership since 2017
  • The vehicle is taken to the garage each year for a check-up and MOT
  • MOT valid until May 2025 with no advisories
  • All MOT tests since arrival in the UK have been advisory-free
  • Some documentation available, including:
    • MOT certificates
    • Door data plate information
    • Engine replacement information
    • DVLA application document
    • HM Revenue and Customs document
    • Copy of the certificate of title from Florida

The Condition

  • The vendor informs us that the vehicle is in immaculate condition and kept in a bubble and air-conditioned garage
  • This certainly seems to be the case, looking at photographs
  • Paintwork is in superb order with no significant signs of paint loss or damage
  • Bodywork is solid and free of any dents or dings
  • Brightwork is clean and well-presented
  • All badging, glasswork and lenses in excellent order
  • Fitted with American Racing Equipment alloys which look in good order
  • Fitted with fresh Goodrich tyres
  • Underside is very solid and clean with no areas of concern
  • The vendor states the interior is superb and as originally factory-fitted
  • Indeed, the blue upholstery is in excellent condition with only light signs of wear
  • Wooden veneers present nicely
  • All instruments are clear and legible

The Mechanics

  • The vehicle has a replacement engine which has only done 1,400 miles
  • This was built by a private engine specialist
  • The new engine is a 5.8L 351ci V8 powerplant from 1972 which was:
    • Block acid stripped and chemically cleaned internally
    • Modified to be fitted with a lip-type rear crank seal to reduce leakage
    • Treated to a +40 rebore and crank regrind
    • Rebalanced
  • This engine is also fitted with: 
    • Hyperutectic pistons and ring set
    • Double roller adjustable timing gear set
    • A fresh oil pump
    • Dual-energy 265Zdeh camshaft
    • Velcro gaskets
    • New Elelbrock inlet manifold
    • GT40p cylinder heads, ported
    • New valve springs and retainers
    • Pro comp roller rockers
    • Pertronix ignition unit and adjustable ignition vacuum
  • Semi-automatic transmission with 5 gears
  • The old engine did 99,700 miles before replacement
  • The vendor reports this is a great vehicle to drive: easy, fast, comfortable, and a real eye-catcher
  • We understand the car to be in superb mechanical health

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Ford
  • Model Mustang
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 1,399 Miles
  • Engine size 5800
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Sleaford
  • Location Lincolnshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
15 bids from 11 bidders
  • Whatshi•••• £11,000 19/06/24
  • james.f £10,000 19/06/24
  • Whatshi•••• £9,000 19/06/24
  • frank@e•••• £8,750 19/06/24
  • marina1•••• £8,500 18/06/24
  • frank@e•••• £7,100 18/06/24
  • Rs brot•••• £7,000 17/06/24
  • faik.gu•••• £6,650 17/06/24
  • Borderw•••• £4,400 16/06/24
  • mrtmaur•••• £4,200 16/06/24
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