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1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Ram Air Cobra Jet 351 Cleveland

1972 Cobra Jet Mustang

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1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 numbers matching rebuilt 351 Cleveland Q Code Cobra Jet Engine. Only 7000 miles on rebuild.

The 71-73 Mach 1 generation is no longer the “bulky” “flatback” panned by automotive journalists of the 1970’s. Car & Driver Magazine said… “The Dearborn stylists came to a fork in the path and tried to follow two different trails…. In the Mach 1 you get the bread-van rear of the racing car grafted to the traditional Mustang nose, and the combination wallows in indecisiveness”. Maybe so, but it also looks like the DNA of a hammerhead shark, cobra and a bull were spliced with a ton of US steel. Far more aggressive looking than the typical 70’s muscle car, it’s a snorting monster that wants nothing more than to frighten your neighbors. Sorry Iacocca, but your little pony grew into a hell horse. The ’72 Mach 1 is an unapologetic, carbureted suicide machine. “The blind spot is enormous”… too bad, “you can’t even see out the rear window”… stop crying, “the buckets are so deep and the hood so long the road disappears”… tell it to your mama.

The 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is absolutely polarizing, which is exactly why it’s so awesome. Indifference is rare, you either love it or hate it. The number one thing people ask when they see this car is “what is it? “. Thanks to low production numbers and a drastic body redesign, It’s no surprise why the average bystander doesn’t recognize this otherwise ubiquitous Ford model. Inspired by fastback Italian muscle cars like the DeTomaso Pantara and Lamborghini Espada, the innovative designers at Ford are only now being lauded for their revolutionary concept of the modest Mustang. Can’t afford a Mangusta? This is arguably the next best thing.

The original owner of this 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 checked every box on the build order. Nearly every conceivable option is here, most notably the Cobra Jet Engine upgrade. Although this repaint is not true to the original color, the metallic graphite with black trim and black interior is a sinister combination.

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options and interior:

Original Cobra Jet 351 Cleveland Engine
factory 4-speed manual transmission
factory Ram Air
factory air – upgraded to new Classic Air System
power breaks, power steering
safety belts with shoulder harness
deluxe interior
Hurst shifter
sport console
sport side view mirror with remote control
new dash
new upholstery
perfect headliner
fold-down pass-thru rear seat
rear spoiler
chin spoiler
new raised white letter tires
newish Magnum 500 wheels
working 8 track player with AM/FM radio
professionally installed audio system with amp and removable speaker box

mechanical work done:

new distributor
new ignition system & wiring
new suspension, ball joints, sway bar, control arms, wheel bearing
new brakes
new AC system
new carburetor
new fuel pump
new gas tank
new exhaust
new alternator
recent alignment


very little rust when I bought it. small amount on cowl hat, tail panel and trunk. Rust was mitigated in those areas by sanding, rust converting and sealing

recent metallic graphite re-paint
urethane front bumper, newly professionally repainted (rare option for 72)
new eyebrow moldings
new chrome hood molding
custom exhaust with chrome tips
front grill, lamps and lamp housing completely restored, painted and detailed
new drip rail chrome trim
new tail honeycomb panel and trim
new tail light housings and gaskets
new front chin spoiler
rear spoiler (just painted)
both side view mirrors professionally repainted
rear “notched” valence repainted
new rear window seal
new roof rail seals
new door gaskets, weather stripping


— bubble’s toward rear of roof rail weld. Minor imperfections in paint
— horn present but not working
— rear defogger has been disconnected
— clock not working

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