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Jeff Besta's ’71 Mach 1

A Look All Its Own

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Some people find their project cars in corn fields or abandoned barns. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, found his in the hands of the military. The original owners bought the ’71 Mach 1 while serving on active duty in Honolulu, Hawaii. It shipped out with them to California and went on to provide years of loyal service. Three decades and 150,000 miles later, the couple was ready to retire, but their car wasn’t.

Many of our first beloved musclecar projects come with spiderwebs, beat interiors, and fragged drivelines, but for a paltry $2,500, Jeff acquired a Pony that was still in fantastic shape. It had a beautiful interior, receipts for oil changes, and only a trace of rust (the car was stored during winters). Two weeks later, in true gearhead fashion, Jeff put the mild-mannered Pony into his garage for a wicked year-and-a-half transformation.

Anyone who thinks that early-’70s Mustangs make questionable project cars should listen to the thunderous idle, witness the brash stance, and see the brilliant Torch Red paint on this ’71. We bet it will quickly win their hearts and minds.

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