1971 Mustang Mach1 Grabber Lime M-code/4 spd.
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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).
(Update 11/18/17)-I was informed by a fellow Mustanger that production began in Dearborn on August 3rd, 1970. So if that's true then the car listed was produced on the 9th day of production.
(Update 11/15/17) Upon closer look at the Marti report, the actualbuild was within the first 2 months on 8/12/70. The car was serialized for production on 7/1/70.
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. Front fenders are good, but may need some minor work and the same with inner aprons, and cowl 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. 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.
Somebody asked about the radiator.. I took a look at it, and it appears to be in good shape but it's a replacement, and one of the only non-original parts with the car. There is not a Ford engineering number on it.
There are a lot more parts not shown in pictures.
Not looking for lowball offers. May be interested in an M-code 1970 Cougar Eliminator in similar or better condition...
(Update 11/16/17) Please don't ask me how much for shipping to your zip code. There are many shippers out there with different rates, and requirements. It's your call... Shipping is 100% the responsibility of the buyer. If you are going to ship, you will need a shipper willing to load a non-running car. It would be best to ship the engine, trans, and heavy parts separately to avoid damage. I can put it on a pallet or two. The smaller parts can ship in boxes for whatever the cost.
This is a non-running PROJECT car. Sold strictly AS-IS-Where-IS. Must be picked up by appointment only. Will require a trailer with winch or roll-back truck...