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1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Classics  /   /  By Jim Pickering

This ’73 Mach 1 Mustang looks a lot like the original “Gone in 60 Seconds” Eleanor – only with black Mach 1 side graphics that the original movie car didn’t have. Unlike the CGI-created GT500 jump at the end of the 2000 movie remake, the first Eleanor actually jumped a distance of 128 feet in 1974, cresting over 30 feet high, and it survived to keep driving — although the film’s director and stunt driver H.B. Halicki reportedly never walked the same way again.

This Mach 1 was restored in 2001 and is listed as having only been driven 2,000 miles since. It’s fitted with a 351-ci V8, 4-barrel carb and automatic transmission. The seller says the body is rust-free and straight, and the yellow repaint and reproduction Mach 1 striping all look great. Inside, the door panels and seat covers all show well, and the car’s a/c is said to still blow cold.

By 1973, American muscle was losing its edge, but these cars generated a good amount of power and were still a lot of fun to drive. Examples like this one are relatively hard to find in really good restored condition, as most enthusiasts flock to the earlier examples. But if you’re in the market for a classic Mustang, something like this could be just the ticket to turn heads at the next Mustang meet.

A total of 1,671 1973 Ford Mustangs have sold on eBay Motors over the past several years, with average prices ranging from $7,800 to $19,293, depending on options and condition. See how this one is doing here.

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  1. T. R. Andary April 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm Reply

    I don’t think it’s the spitting image – the original Eleanor had a non-scooped hood, dog dish hubcaps, a non-factory hood stripe, and no distinguishing markings as a Mach 1.

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