You don’t always chance upon a Mustang like this

A 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is up for sale on eBay, and it has an interesting history as a Hollywood car involved in what is the biggest car movie franchise in history. Go watch Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and you might notice this Mustang Mach 1. It wasn’t driven in the movie, but its appearance adds Hollywood provenance to a car that already looks like a stunner.

What’s the history of this 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1?

Car For Sale: 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 That Made an Appearance in Fast and Furious 9
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It’s got 67,037 miles on the odometer, but it supposedly runs like a new car after going through a mechanical restoration that was handled by Ford around 1,600 miles ago.

This 1971 Mustang Mach 1 comes with a buy-it-now price of $75,000. Offers are welcome, though it’s unclear how low the owner will go to sell what is one of the coolest-looking Mustang Mach 1s we’ve seen in a while.

When remembering the first-generation Ford Mustang that carried the Mach 1 package, most people remember the iconic 1979 Mustang Mach 1 with the body style code 63C on the door data plate. This is the more desirable of the first-generation Mustang Mach 1 models. Back in 2015, Barrett-Jackson sold a restored 1969 Mustang Mach 1 for $165,000. The value of that model today is unclear, but it’s hard to imagine it being anything less than $200,000.

Car For Sale: 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 That Made an Appearance in Fast and Furious 9
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What most people don’t remember is that the first wave of Mustang Mach 1s lasted only a year.

In 1971, Ford rolled out the mid-cycle facelift of the first-generation Mustang and all succeeding Mach 1 models came in this guise, including the one that’s for sale now on eBay. This version of the Mustang Mach 1 carried the “63R” body code on its door tag. That explains why it looks different from the more popular OG Mustang Mach 1s.

What’s so special about this 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1?

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Other than its Hollywood pedigree as a car that appeared in Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw and, apparently, in the yet-to-be-released Fast & Furious 9 movie, this 1971 Mustang Mach 1 benefited from a verified J-Code restoration done by no less than Ford using OEM parts. The restoration was extensive enough that all parts and numbers matched with the original parts of the Mustang Mach 1.

Visually, this Mustang Mach 1 looks incredible, too. It wears a unique Light Pewter Metallic paint with black trim and stripes running all over its body. The hood scoop is also finished in black, creating a slick two-tone color that calls back to the original aesthetic setup of the 1971 Mustang Mach 1.

Car For Sale: 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 That Made an Appearance in Fast and Furious 9
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The interior also looks exactly like it hasn’t aged at all. It’s all dressed in Vermillion Knitted Vinyl and the setup is accurate to what it looked like in the early 1970s.

According to the seller, a lot of work went into ensuring that the car retained its original markings, stickers, and the little details that are included in a from-the-factory Mach 1. You can tell by the presence of the vacuum lines, air-conditioning, and 8-track player — that’s still intact and functioning, by the way — that these measures were taken seriously when the car underwent an extensive restoration job under the watchful eye of Ford.

What kind of engine does this 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 carry under its hood?

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This 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is still powered by the same 7.0-liter Super Cobra Jet V-8 engine that produced 375 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

At the end of the day, though, you’re not buying this 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 because it can hold its own in a drag race. You’re buying this Ford Mustang Mach 1 because it’s a cool throwback to a time when the Mach 1 name meant more to people than a nameplate that’s been collecting dust.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 specifications
Engine: 7.0-liter V-8
Horsepower: 375 horsepower
Torque: 450 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 5.9 seconds
Top speed: 152 mph
Units built: 36,499

Is it worth it to spend $75,000 on this Ford Mustang Mach 1?

Car For Sale: 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 That Made an Appearance in Fast and Furious 9
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For the record, we looked up the price of used 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 models and the price range is pretty wide.

You can score a model with around 30,000 miles for around $30,000 to $40,000.

Lower mileage models — those with under 5,000 miles — can go up to around $60,000 to $70,000. Then you have this model. It has over 67,000 miles on its odometer, which means that it’s been used extensively by its past owners. So why is the seller asking for $75,000?

Car For Sale: 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 That Made an Appearance in Fast and Furious 9
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The most logical answer is its Hollywood pedigree. As a car that has appeared in F&F Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and Fast & Furious 9, that’s a distinction that this particular Mustang Mach 1 has over other Mustang Mach 1 models that are available in the used car market. Is that enough to justify the $75,000 price tag?

Personally, I wouldn’t spend that much money on this Mustang Mach 1, especially if I can get one for half of the price with less mileage. I’d change my mind for $50,000, but that’s the highest I’m willing to spend on this bad boy. It’s still a great-looking car and its ties to the Fast & Furious franchise are cool conversation-starters. But it’s not cool enough for me to justify that asking price.

Source: Ebay

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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