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1973 Ford Mustang Convertible
This 1973 Ford Mustang Convertible is believed to be one of the few Australian-delivered examples, making it a rare opportunity to purchase some Australian motoring history. Under the bonnet is a naturally-aspirated 351 cubic-inch (5.8-litre) Cleveland V8 which outputs 250kW (335hp) to the rear wheels. This powertrain is mated to a three-speed automatic in this example. The odometer currently shows 126,672km.
Until recently Ford has never imported the Mustang to Australia, which means early Mustangs are a rare sight on Australian roads. But this car is believed to be one of the few that Ford Australia imported as part of a study into developing an XB Falcon Convertible in the early 1970s. According to research by the owner, this car was one of 11 H code cars imported by Ford Australia in order to study how to port its drop-top engineering into an XB Falcon. You’ll note this car features the Mach 1 scheme. While no factory Mach 1 Convertibles were built, some H code cars could be optioned up into a Mach 1 spec, like this one, which makes it somewhat of an unofficial Mach 1 Convertible. In the end Ford decided against the XB Convertible which is when the project was dropped and this car was sold.
Presenting in yellow paint with black graphics on the exterior, this Mustang Convertible’s specification selects black interior vinyl trim. A host of equipment accentuates this car’s character including a black power-operated soft-top with glass window, Rim Blow steering wheel, colour-coded mirrors, extractors, black trim, and the Ram Air option to the 351 Cleveland motor. This car rides on a set of 17-inch Eleanor-style chrome wheels with Rapid tyres.
Built in October 1972 by Ford in the United States, this example is understood to have been exported to Australia from new. The current owner believes the odometer has been around once in the car’s life, and has personally completed a lot of the work in maintaining and upgrading the car. He has removed the air conditioning and replaced items such as spark plugs and coils at the most recent service. Other work has been completed by Custom Mustangs in Carrum Downs, VIC and Blackman Automotive Interiors (Carrum, VIC).
Exterior-wise, this Mustang Convertible has kept in decent condition over the last 50 years. The yellow paintwork shows in fair order throughout, but there are fine swirl marks that could be rejuvenated by a thorough detail. Some minor rust spots are seen on the rear-left and rear-right wheel guards. Small points of deterioration are seen on the rear chromed bumper. The owner notes a series of scratches and wear and tear around the car – it has not been resprayed. All four wheels show without curb rash and the tyres retain an excellent tread depth.
Inside the cabin this Mustang appears without major flaws. Wear and tear is considered commensurate with its age and use. The black vinyl upholstery holds a good shape and is undamaged, while the dash and carpeting also shows in decent order. The owner notes a blemish on the dash and a crack near the ash tray. The roof appears to be in excellent order, having been replaced by Blackman Automotive Interiors.
This car will not come with documentation, though receipts of recent work can be supplied.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria under a club permit and is not transferable. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.
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Interior Gallery (37)
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