This month, I chose one of our “Banner Cars”…the cars at the top of the VMF page. The owners of this car are Liz (Sparky66) and her husband have done an amazing job at turning this ’73 Mach into a absolute gem. I absolutely love the color. Thanks for sharing the your story Liz and feel free to upload more pics if you have them.
In November of 2010, I got a weird email asking if we knew someone who’d know how much a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 would be worth, and/or someone who’d want to buy it. I thought one of our friends was pranking us...It was a ‘73 Mach 1, one of my husband’s Ernie’s favorite Mustangs. I called the email’s sender, and found out it wasn’t a friend, but someone whose mother had a ‘73 Mach she needed to sell, as she could no longer drive. Could we come look at it?
Ginger was in a carport, covered in dirt, cat puke and hair balls, with 4 rusted original Magnum 500 wheels. Her interior was a time warp, with only a few signs of the 107,000 miles that showed on the odometer.
After sitting for 10 years, she started right up, right there in the carport. We carefully loaded her up (under her own power!) and brought her home. She got a ton of looks on the trailer....even had some guy offer to buy her while towing her up I-5 at 60mph.
Ginger was built on July 3rd, 1973 in Dearborn - one of the last big-bodied First Gen Mustangs off the assembly line. We asked Kevin Marti about her unusual upholstery (Ginger was ordered with the upgraded “Comfort Weave” inserts on the seats, but she actually had solid vinyl seats); His response was because she was built so late, the plant had run out of the fabric. Instead, they used the vinyl upholstery meant for a ‘74.
Her original owner - the lady we bought her from - had a rear defroster and a rimblow steering wheel ordered and dealer installed. She also ordered the car with a number of bells and whistles, along with the Mach 1 package: power steering, folding rear seat, console, air conditioning, front disc brakes, intermittent wipers, deluxe seat belts, and tinted glass.
Ginger was - and is - largely stock: a 351 4v Q-code (Cobra Jet) Cleveland, C6 automatic transmission...and everything under the hood - except the Viper alarm system - was original. The only “upgrades” were a repaint due to an accident some 10 years prior, and the exhaust system had been replaced. She was her original owner’s beloved daily driver and family car for over 30 years.
Since her purchase, the only changes we’ve made have been basic maintenance stuff, besides replacing the rusty Magnum 500s. Future plans include installing subframe connectors and maybe different wheels. For now, Ginger is considered the “good girl” of our stable, happily starting up every time, and being a comfortable cruiser for hundreds of miles, albeit a tad expensive at a max 14mpg.