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An All Original,69 Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Rally Car Survives the Test of Time!

February 26, 2015 by Bridgett Davis
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The Ford Mustang one of the most coveted and sought after automobiles in the world while many enthusiasts seek to restore and customize their Mustang of choice there is a growing interest among collectors in search of what some have coined the survivor car.  Survivor cars are increasing in their importance with an interest from many in preserving the vehicles in their original form.

Finding such specimens is becoming harder and harder. With more recognizing the importance of the unrestored Mustang the implementation of the survivor class is becoming more prevalent at auto shows across the nation. One such speciality collector Fred Phillips of Calgary shares “In true antiquities markets, original items are the focus.” “I personally feel that if we’re ever going to elevate this from hobby to history, we have to start preserving the original cars.”

The owner of an all original 1969 Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Mach 1 rally car, Phillips rejects any interest in the idea of modifying or restoring the car.  Ford Motor Company assembling a five-car team, the 1969 Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Mach 1 rally car was the Blue Oval’s entrant into the National Rally series that year hosted by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Winning the Manufacturer’s Class A Championship that year, Phillip’s car, number four of the five, was originally piloted by Nathan ‘Available’ Jones with navigation from Russell ‘Alligator’ Brown during the National Rally series of 1969.

 

With an original formula as one of the performance option packages of the Ford Mustang, the 1969 Mach 1 was significant in the Ford Mustang’s movement into a higher level of performance this year. Including the original build sheet, titles, invoices and numerous letters from the SCCA and Ford Motor Company this survivor is in 100 percent in its original form. Powered by the 428 Cobra Jet motor and receiving support from an automatic gearbox from the original Meadowlak Yellow paint to original interior to the timing instrumentation and Tag Heuer navigation system all is intact.

Originally acquired by Rally driver Nathan Jones after winning the championship upon Jones’ passing the car spending some time in a museum was later sold into private collection with an eventual appearance a few years back at the Barrett-Jackson auction where Phillips would secure it for purchase.

 

 Track ready and numbers matching the car includes log books detailing all service and miles traveled from day one. In good hands, making appearances at the occasional show, Phillips does drive and plans to only preserve the car in its original state as an antique and part of Mustang history for as long as it remains in his possession. An untouched time capsule would you modify if given the chance or maintain original form?