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This 1969 Ford Mustang Left America for Japan, Survived a Tornado, Original V8 Looks Alive

There are plenty of all-original Mustangs that have never been molested or modified in any way, but the term survivor has a more literal meaning in the case of this 1969 model.
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This is because the car not only was originally exported to Japan and then returned to the States, but it also survived a tornado and is now back with so many original parts.

First and foremost, the car left America for Japan immediately after rolling off the assembly lines, according to a listing on Pete’s Classic Cars, the garage in charge of selling the Mustang. A navy service man brought the Ford back to the United States in 1998 or 1999, with a new title obtained in 2001.

The car, however, was parked inside just when a tornado hit Dallas. It wasn’t completely wrecked, but it did end up with some damage caused by objects that were flying around inside the garage. The roof, the driver door, and the driver rear quarter panel were all hit, though some fixes have already been made since then.

The Mustang was eventually parked in a garage until recently, and now it is seeking another chance from someone who’s willing to give it a full restoration.

The photos pretty much speak for themselves, so the Mustang doesn’t come in a tip-top shape, though there’s plenty of good news that makes it a solid find. For example, the original 390 (6.4-liter) V8 developing 320 horsepower is still under the hood, and according to the garage, it still runs and drives okay, though it’s still described as a “yard driver” requiring more fixes.

There’s obviously some rust, but this isn’t necessarily surprising given the car has been sitting for so long.

So is it worth a second chance? It probably is, but only if you’re ready to spend big on it. The asking price for this Mustang is $31,500, and you can check it out live in Dallas, Texas.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third party.

 
 
 
 
 

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