Most muscle car aficionados would agree that the peak of performance came between the years 1969 and 1970. It was almost comical how powerful the cars coming from the Big Three were in those days! But, as powerful as these beasts were, both on the street and strip, they were little match for the federal government and insurance companies of the era! By 1968, the writing was clearly on the wall that the end of the ultra-performance American muscle car was fast approaching! Knowing this, the men (and women) at Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler wanted one more year to try and out-do each other. And with the 425 hp Hemi ‘Cuda’s, 450hp LS6 Chevelle’s, 500+hp L88 Corvettes that came off the line, they no doubt achieved that goal! The hp figures were mind boggling to be sure! It definitely was the Golden Age of the muscle car. And the hp they put out was not to be seen again for over two decades!
So, how did you want your performance back in the day? Very fast, Ridiculously fast or Stupid fast?! You had many choices back then and you really couldn’t go wrong with any of them. Take for instance our featured car . . .
When Wm. A. Abercrombie of Cave Junction, OR. decided he wanted a brand new Mach 1, he drove down to Crater Lake Motors in Medford and picked out a Very fast ’70 Mach 1 in Bright Gold. On his order form he chose the 351/300hp small block, 4-spd. manual transmission, Traction Lok rear diff w/performance ratio, Shaker Hood, power front disc brakes, power steering, tach and a few other items to make this beast a blast to drive like tilt steering column! From what we could gather, Mr. Abercrombie, was quite fond of his new purchase and took excellent care of it until it was sold to its next caretaker. And the Mach 1’s next owner continued the TLC! This 69k mile Pony is VERY original, though it would be hard to believe that by looking at it in person! The Bright Gold exterior is mostly original and the lacquer paint still shines with just the slightest amount of patina. The interior is all original and amazing, with the exception of the radio. According to the second owner’s verification, the engine was completely rebuilt at 60k miles with everything upgraded and brand new at the time, including a slight .20 overbore on the block, new pistons, low-lift cam, reground crank, new valves, new valve springs, timing chain, resurfaced flywheel, new clutch. high volume water pump, Mallory electronic ignition, new starter, new alternator, new fuel pump, Modine high-flow radiator, belts, new exhaust and much more! We’d wager the hp is a bit up from the original 300! The suspension has been completely rebuilt and upgraded, the brakes have been rebuilt and feature new pads, shoes and rear wheel cylinders all done in 2016. We’ve got a folder showing lists of what was done, most of the receipts for the work, as well as a Marti Report, original Dealer Invoice, Window Sticker and owner’s manual! It even comes with the original keys with the selling dealer’s key fob still attached! This is not an ordinary ’70 Mach 1 (if there is such a thing). You’ve got the best of both worlds! Original on the outside and new and rebuilt on the inside! This is one very special Mustang and one that we feel confident couldn’t be duplicated. Are you ready to be its next caretaker? Stk #6001
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