Setting this Mustang apart from others was the originality, including unrestored factory inspector stampings on the fenders, cowl and undercarriage. Tom’s prior knowledge of factory markings, assembly plant inspector quality control stamps in the correct location and documentation played an important role in his decision to purchase the Mach 1.
Under the hood are the numbers matching the 351-4V engine with a FMX Cruise-O-Matic transmission and 3.25 standard rear axles. A pair of white Clarion Knit vinyl Mach 1 hi-back bucket seats with optional visibility group, AM/8-track stereo radio and tachometer finishes off the interior. The drivetrain includes optional E70X14 belted white sidewall tires, power front disc brakes and power steering.
The Marti report indicates this Mustang sports roof was produced at the Metuchen, New Jersey, assembly plant on April 17, 1969, one day ahead of schedule. It was completed on the fifth anniversary of the birth of the Mustang.
According to documented records, the 1969 Mach 1 was purchased new by an elderly man in New York City. It was rarely driven and reportedly never left the single car garage during inclement weather. The garage walls were lined to protect the Mustang’s paint finish when its door was opened.