1979 Ford Mustang Pace Car
Here’s a rare find – according to the seller, it is #5 of… well, it was the fifth one built. Or something.
The car in question? A Ford Mustang pace car… I’m sure it was a pace car for something important, right? Like the Sanpete County Fair demolition derby? Or maybe the Indianapolis 500? Who knows – all you need to know is that this car is a pace car and all it needs is the stickers to be a show winner. That and it books at $22k. So for $15k, you know you’re getting a great deal on whatever this thing is…
So, what we have here – aside from the snark and a bellwether of the Golden Age of Hatchbacks – is a pretty rare and fairly cool 1979 Ford Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car. According to the October 2004 issue of Mustang Monthly, there were about 4500 5.0 V8s Pace Cars sold. Extrapolating out approximately 2100 cars equipped with the C4 auto trans mentioned in the article, that would leave 2400 cars sold in the V8/4 speed stick configuration – this is a potentially collectable car.
That same article mentions that a slightly greater number of Pace ‘Stangs were sold with the Turbo 4 Cylinder, which would be my choice, but beggars can’t be choosers in this case. All of the Pace Cars were the same pewter color with the added-on ground effects and tape stripes (missing here). Additional go-fast goodies included an uprated suspension package and improved brakes.
And this one is in good shape – notwithstanding the lack of striping. So please, sellers – give us some info – please!