The Pick of the Day is a 1973 Ford Mustang convertible with a double-digit odometer reading — somehow, this 48-year-old vehicle has accrued just 84 miles over its lifetime. If ever there existed a “time capsule” example of a 1970s-era Mustang, this is about as close as it gets.
The Mustang “was purchased new from Frederick Motor Company in Frederick, Maryland, and driven to Dover, Pennsylvania, which is 57 miles away,” according to the private seller in Dover, Pennsylvania, advertising the convertible on ClassicCars.com.
The seller said that the Mustang’s ultra-low mileage is genuine and authentic.
“It is unbelievable, but it is real,” the seller declares. “With exception of the battery, this Mustang is all original right down to the tires, which still show the white chalk markings from new. This completely original, unrestored, unaltered car will not disappoint.”
The story goes that the seller purchased the Mustang from the original owner’s son, who is now 82 years old. The listing doesn’t specify why the original owner saw fit to tuck this Mustang away long-term, but the storage strategy included the requisite paper trail; an owner’s manual, warranty booklet, promotional materials, and other documentation items are included with the sale.
The Mustang was garage-kept throughout its motionless life, although started on occasion, the seller says.
Power comes from a 302cid V8 equipped with a two-barrel carburetor and coupled with a three-speed Select Shift automatic transmission. The listing on ClassicCars.com doesn’t discuss what mechanical roadworthiness measures were taken during long-term preservation, but with a change of the fluids and a fresh set of rubber, the Mustang looks like it could be driven without much preparation.
“I was told by the original owner’s son, who I purchased the car from, that the top has never been down,” the ad states. “This Mustang would make an excellent museum car.”
At the start of the 1970s, the original design language of the Mustang was tweaked, and it became larger in most dimensions. The 1973 model year was the last of its generation, so perhaps that was one reason why the original owner decided to put this essentially brand-new example away for safekeeping.
The seller is asking $49,000. The new car smell is included.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.