Nearly-pristine Mach 1 Mustang Freed from Storage Hell

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One of just 1,280 automatic-equipped 1969 Super Cobra Jets emerges from a long, junk-laden slumber.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of opening a garage door and finding some incredibly rare old muscle car. And lately, it happens all the time. We’ll never really understand why so many people store away their old rides for decades and let them disintegrate. But it does make for some cool stories, at least. And they don’t get much cooler than the 1969 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet documented in this video from YouTuber Patrick Glenn Nichols Musclecar Barn Finds.

This particular Mustang is one of just 1,280 such cars equipped with an automatic transmission. And one of just over 3,300 in total. But today, the poor Mach 1 is just a bookshelf for a bunch of junk somewhere outside of St. Louis, sadly. For the last five years it’s sat in this particular spot, but it’s been off the road for over 20 years.

1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 S/CJ

Now painted a dark blue color (including the hood), this Mustang Mach 1 originally came in the ever-popular Candy Apple Red with no shaker hood option. The engine is currently out of the car, but it is there. It is a front disc brake, power steering-equipped car, too. There are a few non-original add-ons, such as a new radiator and some braided hoses under the hood. But nothing that can’t be reversed easily.

1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 S/CJ

Our host does point out that his Mustang Mach 1 was built somewhere in the middle of the range as well. Something he can tell from the wood grain interior trim. “It’s my understanding that the earlier cars had a little paler version of wood than the later cars. This car was assembled in January of ’69. So it wouldn’t be late, but it wouldn’t necessarily be early.”

1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 S/CJ

There are a few non-original parts inside, too, including the shifter and added SunPro tach. The odometer shows 45,000 miles, but there’s no telling if that’s original or not. Judging by the overall condition of this Mustang, we’d guess that it is.

1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 S/CJ

Throw in all the specific options on the Marti Report, and you can also whittle it down to being one of two ordered in this specification. And if that doesn’t make this Mustang a cool barn find, we don’t know what will.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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