Lot 317 - 1970 Ford Mustang Convertible (351ci)
|Odometer reading||87,079 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,160|
The Ford Mustang is an American icon and was originally based on the Ford Falcon compact. The first production Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964 and was introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964. It was, and remains, one of the most successful product launches in automotive history. The Mustang sold over one million units in its first 18 months on the market and its legend lives on with revised models still in production today after 44 years. With each revision, the Mustang saw an increase in overall dimensions and in engine power. By 1969, the muscle car race was on and Ford offered a 351, 428 Cobra Jet and other performance engines available in most models and often ordered with the Fastback and Mach One cars. The '69 Boss 302 and Shelby (available since 1965) were speciality Mustangs offered with both high performance engines and race-breed suspensions. Ford added a Fastback to its 1965 Mustang line-up and the convertible holds a special place in American culture and was heavily publicised as ‘a car to escape the mundane nature of life’.
This 1970 Mustang certainly looks the part being presented with its bright red coachwork and contrasting black trim. It was imported from South Carolina in 2015, where it was in single ownership for the previous ten years. The Mustang is currently fitted with the larger 351ci (5751 cc) Windsor engine, replacing the original 302ci (4900 cc) unit and is fed by a four-barrel carburettor, whilst power is transmitted, via the automatic gearbox, to the American Racing chrome wheels. The suspension is fitted with adjustable air shock absorbers at the rear and the power hood may be selected when the weather and driver dictates. The car will arrive at the sale complete with four volumes of factory workshop manuals and three files of history containing works carried out and details of previous owners. Also included is the UK V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate, with no advisories, valid until January 2019. With summer approaching, its time to get out the sunglasses and cruise.
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