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Peachtree City, GA
My Car
1972 Mach 1 Mustang
351HO w/ mechanical lifters
4 spd manual
3.91 rear
I bought my 1972 R-Code Mach I on July 2, 1975, for $2400, from a friend who wanted a new [42 mpg] Datsun B210 instead. I'll never tire of hearing the sound of the 351C HO's mechanical lifters complementing the sound of the exhaust pulsating through the headers and Flowmaster mufflers. It brings a smile to my face. No car sounds better. I had to replace the factory exhaust manifolds with headers when the original exhaust manifolds cracked, and could not be repaired by welding.

According to the Marti report, the car was one of only 336 Mach I's built with 351C HO engine. The base price of the car was $3003.00; the "351 CID 4V HO 8 CYL ENGINE" was a $783 option -- a 26% increase in price. No wonder Ford only sold 336. But I sure am glad that the original owner paid the premium.

Incidentally, the car was produced very late in the model year, on June 29, 1972. It was probably one of the last 1972 Mustang's built. As a matter of fact, it has a 1973 model year master brake cylinder cylinder -- the thread pattern to attached the front and rear brake lines to the master cylinder is different from the 1972.
 
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St. Petersburg, Florida
My Car
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 429 Super Cobra Jet, 4.11, Detroit Locker
I bought my 1972 R-Code Mach I on July 2, 1975, for $2400, from a friend who wanted a new [42 mpg] Datsun B210 instead. I'll never tire of hearing the sound of the 351C HO's mechanical lifters complementing the sound of the exhaust pulsating through the headers and Flowmaster mufflers. It brings a smile to my face. No car sounds better. I had to replace the factory exhaust manifolds with headers when the original exhaust manifolds cracked, and could not be repaired by welding.

According to the Marti report, the car was one of only 336 Mach I's built with 351C HO engine. The base price of the car was $3003.00; the "351 CID 4V HO 8 CYL ENGINE" was a $783 option -- a 26% increase in price. No wonder Ford only sold 336. But I sure am glad that the original owner paid the premium.

Incidentally, the car was produced very late in the model year, on June 29, 1972. It was probably one of the last 1972 Mustang's built. As a matter of fact, it has a 1973 model year master brake cylinder cylinder -- the thread pattern to attached the front and rear brake lines to the master cylinder is different from the 1972.
Thanks for posting. Stories of 1972 R Code 351 HO always catch my interest. I restored a 1972 R Code Mach 1 a few years ago in Grabber Blue. Drove it for a while before I delivered it to the buyer who asked me to find one for him. Fun to drive with the 4-speed.
 

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