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1969 428CJ Mustang Mach 1 (Cobra Jet) Hidden In Basement For 28 Years

The 1969 428CJ Mustang Mach 1 was a hero for Ford during the classic era of muscle, and by any standard, these cars are still bad-to-the-bone machines. This Mach 1, purchased new from a Gainesville dealership on May 5, 1969 sat abandoned in a basement for 28 years before recently seeing the light of day. With only 41,525 actual miles on the clock, even the exterior dust is original and correct!

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The car’s new owner, Tommy Higgins, operates a Mustang performance facility near Atlanta and has been looking after this car like a godfather since 1988. Early on, he offered the second owner techniques and preservation tricks such as keeping an open box of charcoal inside the car to absorb unwanted moisture. He even made sure the correct Polyglas replacement tires were ordered in time from Goodyear and mounted on the car before its production was discontinued. Naturally, the originals were, well, tired out.

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The trunk carries the actual Goodyear spare tire (and jack) that came with the car. You can see that the raised white letters on the spare were smaller than those on the newer versions. The instruction sticker for the jack on the inside the trunk lid remains in perfect condition.

All factory labels and many coding marks are visible and easily identifiable, and the accessory drive belts are as delivered and still operational.

The trunk housed a plastic bag of factory supplied Headlight Aim Adapters. that are still sealed in the bag and have never been used. Higgins has already been offered $2,500 for these rare items, but. he declined.

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At some point in this car’s life it had an issue with the stock battery which accounts for the few rusty-looking surfaces around that area of the engine bay.

So far, the accumulation of dust from its 25 years of seclusion has been left intact. Higgins can’t bring himself to wipe it away just yet. It’s probably some sort of archaeology syndrome. Still, there are areas with far less dust where you can spy some nice paint right below the surface. No door dings or dents of any kind are noticeable on the body, although some minor pitting can be seen on a few chrome pieces.

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Apparently, the charcoal trick does work as the interior fabric and carpet are still in great condition, considering they have gone 2-1/2 decades without cleaning. The simulated wood panels inside look freshly detailed, and even the headliner appears new. There is nothing really out of place inside except dirty floor mats up front. The interior/exterior lights and gauges work properly, and all of the outside lenses are perfect and original.

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The car’s paper trail leads back to the original bill of sale, the build sheet, and a confirming Marti Report. Soon, this Mach 1 Mustang will be washed and detailed for the first time this century. It will be like opening the door to King Tut’s tomb: full of wonder and curiosity?)

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That car is awesome! I saw them do one on Wheeler Dealer. I would love to have this car. I would trade my 66 Plymouth Sport Fury for it in a heart beat.

Good luck changing the starter motor on that

Well look at her!

What up didn’t get into her at all ,shame would love to have seen her kick up some fire and get down the road.

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Does this model have all-wheel drive ??

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I use that also, but my friend told me about this and for some reason it fills in quite a few of the pits

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