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Copart Cadavers: This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Was No Match For Iowa Floodwaters


Copart Cadavers: This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Was No Match For Iowa Floodwaters

Every time we dive into Copart.com, we brace ourselves for the worst. Sometimes there’s a gem that just needs a new fender or some paint, and all is happy. Sometimes, you look at the auction and you just get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach for the former owner, who was probably beside themselves when they saw what happened to their pride and joy. Unfortunately, today is one of those scenes where we just have to bow our heads and sigh, because the work needed to bring this beauty back to life will be just as in-depth as the restoration was in the first place. And we’re saying that because if this is a car that wasn’t restored, we might just puke.

The floodwaters that raged through Iowa claimed this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Grabber Green and gold striping with the blacked-out hood makes this Mach 1 look the part, and that scoop on the hood announces what’s going on underneath: a 428 Cobra Jet. Yeah, it’s an automatic, but we couldn’t fault this car if we tried. Unfortunately, the waterline on the door panels tells the story: this pony went for a swim. And as a result, everything needs to be torn down to the nut and bolt and checked, the wiring is immediately suspect, and the interior is gone, especially if the Ford has sat for any amount of time in the sun.

Seeing this Mach 1 in such a state is bad enough, but apparently the same owner also lost a 1973 Pontiac Trans Am in the same shot. Somebody buy that guy a beer. We’re pretty sure that he could still use one to this day.

Thanks to Nicholas Triplett for the tip!

Copart.com Link: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet


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15 thoughts on “Copart Cadavers: This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Was No Match For Iowa Floodwaters

  1. drivindadsdodge

    easy save … just has to totally pulled apart …yes.. it will need a full interior … easy off the shelf… wiring … no problem … I dont think it got into the gauge cluster … dissemble the engine and trans& rear axle thrown in new seals …
    Man Hours are what sends it over the top in price … and that’s a shame

  2. Jeff

    So it got flood damage…if the owner really loved and appreciated this car they would have bought it back from the insurance company.

  3. 3nine6

    Agree with Jeff, if the owner was a REAL car guy, he would have bought them back. More of an investor than a musclecar enthusiast/collector.

    1. Anthony

      I’d have been very upset but no damn way would of gave them up. Just do what you have to do to drive em again. Nope,not a car guy.

  4. Lee

    That Mach 1 is not stock. It’s got a stock hood with a hole cut into it with what looks like a 1969 Cougar 428 Ram Air air cleaner. You had three choices on the 428 CJ for the 1969 Mach 1: 428 CJ no ram air (flat chrome air cleaner lid) and stock Mach 1 fake scooped hood, 428 CJ with ram air which included the shaker hood and the 428 SCJ ram air also with the shaker hood.

  5. Ted

    One of the beauties of the comments are the knowledge guys, I love the true facts stuff that I don’t know about the various manufacturers. We all know this car will be brought back to life, and that should make us all feel good.

    Funny thing about seeing cars that suffer damage like this is I wonder how many of us look at them and say thank god it wasn’t a stick car……bhahahahahaha…….

  6. Peckstar The Stooge

    Fresh water, no problem. This is old school, no computers bugger all electric motors. I don\’t see a major problem

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