1971 Mustang Mach1 Grabber Lime M-code/4 spd. Very Early Production
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Forest, Virginia, United States
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1971 Ford Mustang Mach1
This is a rare 1971 Grabber Lime Mach1, with a very early DEARBORN production serial number. The Ford Mustang serial numbers from that era always began with 100001 as the first serialized car. The serial number of this Mach1 is 1001787, with a production date of August 12th, 1970... LIKELY about the FIRST to SECOND WEEK OF PRODUCTION! (See photo of Deluxe Marti Report).
I have the Deluxe Marti Report. There were 1933 Grabber Lime Mustangs in 71, and Grabber Lime was only used in 71. There was a similar color for 72 and it was called “Bright Lime”. It's safe to assume that few Grabber Lime cars remain. I've also have the ORIGINAL FACTORY INVOICE - an absolute must have for the owner of a highly collectible muscle Mustang!!.
The passenger side floor pan is in, but needs completion. I have the full pan for the driver side, but if I were doing it I would just cut out the areas that really need replaced and not do the full pan. There is an OE piece to fix the right upper rear quarter. I don't have a new tail panel or lower quarter patches, but these parts are available from many Mustang parts vendors. (the great thing about Mustangs-lots of OE and REPRO parts available).
The doors are in remarkably good shape, as are the rockers, and frame rails. The driver side front rail needs some minor straightening.Front fenders are good, but may need some minor work and the same with inner aprons, and cowl (like most of them 45+ years old) needs repair. The trunk lid is good. The trunk floor is very good, but may need a couple very small spots patched. The hood is rusted out on the underside panel. The wheels and tires are trash, but miraculously holding air!
I have the full original Mach1 deluxe interior, AM radio, instruments (has the clock in the main cluster option), and extra instrument clusters with it too. There is an extra rear seat in original Ivy Green. The car also came with the mini center console.
The complete, original, numbers matching engine and numbers matching 4-speed wide-ratio transmission with the original Hurst Competition-Plus Shifter are with the car (see photos for the stamped serial numbers on block and trans). The transmission still has original paint markings on it. The original 3.25/9 inch rear axle still has the original tag on the carrier housing.
The block has been tanked, bored, and has new cam bearings and freeze plugs. The crank was polished. There is a brand new set of pistons installed on the OE rods, and a new set of rod bearings. I think the heads were machined, but are not assembled and will need a new valve set. There is a brand new ERSON CAM in the box and new lifters, along with the original cam as well.
The original coil, carburetor (with original, stamped carb ID tag still in place), intake, and exhaust manifolds. One really exciting original item that very rarely survives, is the aluminum ENGINE ID TAG. This tag was mounted under the coil mounting bolt on top of the intake manifold at the factory, and originals are very, very rarely seen. It's these small original details that make a great concours restored show winning Mustang! See photos for everything.
This was a low option car- meant to be all muscle with very little unnecessary fluff... If you were to drive this car blindfolded, side-by-side with a 71 Boss 351, provided both cars had the same rear gear ratio installed, you would not be able to tell the difference. The Boss had a solid lifter cam with a slightly different profile, and slightly more hp.
Don't make the mistake of spending $40,000 of your hard earned cash for a car on Ebay with a nice paint job, but is not even close to being correctly restored. Those cars look good, and are meant to temp you into spending your money, but they are not greatinvestments! Here is an opportunity to do it right, for far less than $40K (if you have some basic skills), and you will earn far more admiration, and respect from the Mustang community.
Shipping arrangements are the 100% responsibility of the buyer. I can put the engine/trans, and other parts on a pallet or in boxes as appropriate. Unless you are picking up the car yourself, I suggest shipping the car, and other parts separately. I can deliver the engine/trans, and boxes to a local shipping facility in the Lynchburg or Roanoke Virginiaarea. There will be at least 2-3 boxes with parts in addition to the engine/trans. If you hire a car transport company, make sure they will take a car that is non-running.
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I will need full payment before the car is released. Once the sale is complete, and the car is picked up or shipped, Ican overnight the title, invoice, and Marti report at my expense.
I have a job so pick up arrangements are by appointment only.
Car is sold STRICTLY AS-IS-WHERE-IS and IS A PROJECT VEHICLE. THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER. THERE WILL BE NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS WHATSOEVER.