Mustang Mach 1 Retrobuild for sale: Cool throwback or criminal redesign

There's a Retrobuilt Ford Mustang Mach 1 in our classifieds. It's a mix of the old and new, but is that a great thing?

Mixing classic designs and modern technology is a proven formula in the automotive industry, you just have to look at the likes of Jaguar making electric versions of the E-type. It’s not just the British who get up to this, as the Americans are doing the same to their much loved muscle cars.

This Ford Mustang Mach 1 in our classifieds is one such example, matching up the looks of the first generation Mustang, built between 1969 and ‘78, with the performance and technology of 21st century models. And having run just 4395 miles (7073km), this model even runs like a new car.

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It was retrobuilt by, wait for it, Retrobuilt; a professional company, licensed by Mustang performance partner Shelby itself, that actually transforms new Mustangs into vintage looking cars. That’s right, the first generation body is actually the new part. Underneath is a Mustang GT from 2014 that cost $43,095 (£33,821).

Retrobuilt bought the car brand new and immediately got to work on it, to the additional cost of $38,679 (£30,356). These upgrades, or retro modifications, included a classic shaker hood, aerodynamic components such as spoilers and louvers, sequential taillights and original chrome door handles. Get under the car you’ll also see a custom stainless exhaust, new suspension and custom Shelby wheels with performance tyres.

The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine is the same one that appears in the fifth and sixth generation Mustangs, and has long tube headers and a cold air intake. Options that didn’t quite make it onto the original car of the 1960s. Inside is a cosy fit, but it’ like any other modern Mustang with satellite navigation, a panoramic roof, climate control, heated seats, a reverse camera, and the usual entertainment features.

If you’re out to buy a Mustang, but can’t choose between old or new, maybe this is the one for you. We’re undecided on whether this a cool throwback or criminal redesign, but at $58,998 (£46,302), the only way to find out is by buying it.

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