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Mach1 Tbird?
vegas_ss Offline
Senior Member
#1
Ran across an eBay auction for a 1988 turbo coupe mach1 edition.  Supposedly 1 of 500?  Googled that and came across another.  Links below.  In each case besides stating they are a Mach1 they offer no information as to what a Mach1 is (besides a name).  Any info on this as I have never heard of this before.  The ebay seller did have errors in his listing stating it had a power antenna (which it doesn't) but also went as far as describing issues with the non-existent power antenna so I'm not real certain he know much.  I did email hime regarding the power antenna (which he removed) and what the mach1 option was was told to run the vin and do a little research.  So, here is my little research... Wink 

Tbird Mach1

eBay Tbird Mach1
1987 TC, 5sp, Boport Stage 3 Head/2.1 Cam
1996 Impala SS
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Kuch Offline
Senior Member
#2
Yes, these were a limited run of 1988 TC's with a unique bright red paint and some Mach 1 stickers on the rear quarter glass. I don't believe there were any other differences though from any other TC's. Kinda cool in my book as a unique TC
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, Kirban, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, Big Solid cam, Headers,3.89's, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 312 4bbl intake, headers, 3 Speed, slow and low
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JT Offline
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It was simply a marketing thing, as a "Special Edition", and was tied to the color and a few decals.

Seller also claims the car is a southern car. Car spent over 20 years registered in Ohio. Didn't ever consider Ohio a southern state.
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anasazi4st Offline
Senior Member
#4
(04-20-2021, 07:42 PM)JT Wrote: It was simply a marketing thing, as a "Special Edition", and was tied to the color and a few decals.

Seller also claims the car is a southern car. Car spent over 20 years registered in Ohio. Didn't ever consider Ohio a southern state.

Which would also mean that rust from Northern winters could be a factor.
Another proud dues-paying member.

1987 Turbo Coupe w/T5OD, 8.8 axle, grey smoke; most options. Got it in 1991 with 41K miles: 3 turbos, 2 heater cores, 1 T5OD full rebuild, 5 clutches, 1 head gasket, 2 Teves II ABS units, etc. later....
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Jeff K Offline
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#5
^^^ that assumes the car was an only car and/or daily driver. Owner could have stored it winters as many people do with their favorite cars here in the great frozen north. I live in the heart of the rust belt and my 86 Tbird 5.0 that I bought new in Feb 86 has only been driven in snow / salt once in its 35 year life. After that snow / salt episode, I hosed the car off top to bottom and put on a fresh coat of wax. Since I bought it 21 years ago, my 88 TC has never been driven on snow / salt covered roads.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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