LIMA — Tim and Mary McKinney, of Lima, had been looking for a 1971 to 1973 Ford Mustang Mach I for more than a year.
McKinney has always liked the Mach 1 cars, as they have a bigger body style. Tim had in his mind that he wanted a Mach I with pewter paint and black stripes.
“I called on two, and those cars were sold the day before I called,” McKinney said. “I told my wife that it just wasn’t meant to be. When it is meant to be, everything will fall into place.”
He located this 1972 Q Code Ford Mustang Mach I with a 351 Cobra Jet engine in Canton. He and his wife went to look at it and promptly purchased it. They’ve owned it since Aug. 1.
“When the guy handed me the history report, it said that the car was built on 12-12-71 and that it was 12 days behind schedule. But what got to me was the original color was pewter with black stripes,” McKinney said.
Ford’s Mustang debuted in 1964, and the Mach I made an appearance in 1969 due to the demand for a performance-based vehicle. Ford was competing against Chevy’s Camaro and Pontiac’s Firebird. The Mach I was a success, selling more than 72,000 models that first model year.
McKinney doesn’t mind the red paint color on his Mach I.
“When it needs a new paint job, I will take it back to the original color,” McKinney said.
The car is an automatic, as Mary can’t drive a stick.
“And I like to put it in gear and just go,” McKinney said.
During the winter, McKinney will store the Mach I in his garage. As all car enthusiasts know, he has a few projects in mind.
“I’m going to take the console out and detail it, and the manifolds need painted,” McKinney said.