"CLASSIC OF THE DAY"
1969 FORD MUSTANG FASTBACK
Make: Ford Colour: Dark Metallic Blue
Model: Mustang Fastback Interior: Black Year: 1969 Drive: Left Hand Drive
Mileage: 38,543 Gearbox: Manual (3 Speed)
A beautifully built and extremely potent example of the world’s favorite muscle car, this ’69 Mustang Fastback has been subject to a total, ground-up, bare-metal restoration and built into the 451bhp monster it is today at vast expense.
We see many restored Mustangs that look as if they have been thrown together overnight. This is not such a car.
In 2007 the car was the basis of a $45k restoration. The body is superb, both underneath and on top with zero corrosion, excellent panel fit and beautiful dark metallic blue paintwork. Contrasting perfectly, the black vinyl interior is in superb condition with new carpets, dashboard, steering wheel, headlining and heater assembly, along with a hidden modern stereo system.
Since arriving in the UK, over £10k has been invested in a total mechanical rebuild and upgrade.
The 351 Cleveland V8 was built by the highly regarded Pete Knight Racing Services in 2011 at a cost of £6000. It features 11:1 compression, forged pistons, 292H cam, gas-flowed Quench heads, Edelbrock manifold, MSD ignition and distributor, ceramic-coated Hooker headers with cut-outs and a custom Flowmaster exhaust… The list goes on. Please call for a full specification, but suffice to say that it has the best of everything. We have the dyno readings indicating that it produces a whopping 451bhp at 6100rpm and 410lb/ft at 4800rpm.
Also in 2011, the three-speed C4 automatic transmission was rebuilt by Penn Autos – the US transmission specialist run by Andy Frost of Red Victor Racing fame. In addition to the rebuild and upgrade to TCI race C6 internals, amongst other modifications, the gearbox was converted to a fully manual operation with a reverse pattern. A custom Neal Chance 3500rpm stall torque converter was fitted at the same time. The transmission is effectively now a clutchless three-speed sequential manual.
From the transmission, power is transmitted down a new propshaft to a 9” Detroit Locker rear axle with Strange half shafts.
In terms of the chassis and brakes, the Mustang has sub-frame connectors, complete new front suspension and steering (springs, shocks, ball joints, bearings, poly bushes, steering arms idler etc.), new rear heavy-duty leaf springs, shocks, Shelby traction bars and polyurethane bushes. There are disc brakes all round with new master cylinder, servo, bias valve and lines. There is a new fuel tank and period-looking Torque Thrust D wheels.
We have a huge history file that goes with the car containing all the bills and paperwork from the restoration.
The result is seriously impressive. It is both incredibly fast yet totally tractable for a Sunday cruise. It should not be confused with the average Mustang powered by a lazy old V8, recalcitrant auto-box and approximate steering, this is a true muscle car that steers well, stops well and offers devastating, tyre-shredding performance. Its next owner will not be able to stop smiling.