Mike Alameda's story
"I bought my car in September 1985 after a long search for a 429 big block 71 Mustang. It was advertised in a 3 years old Mustang Monthly that I had in my files. I was fortunate enough that the advertiser still had the car. Actually nobody had called for the car and he was willing after some negotiation to sell it to me. At that time neither him or me had a clue of the history of the car. I did a major restoration in the following years until 1992 replacing some of the suspension parts, repainting it in the bright red colour, putting on Mach 1 stripes and black paint on the hood, which was not there, when I bought it.
When I had finished the restoration, I send for Lois Eminger to get a copy of the original invoice for my Mustang. The VIN is a very low 71 number amongst the first 200 built units.
What happened to the other Mustangs
I was told that the 302s were later wrecked, as no production team and the sponsor FORD could afford these cars to be used by the public. The 351 was heavily modified and had been used further for a rolling all Ford car stunt show (by Buzz Bundy) called 'The Tournament of Thrills" in the 70ies.
bought for an UK based
collection of other BOND cars and since early 2000 under restoration. The
alley car, was in England until 2012 and was in need of much repair. I have discussed
in length with Mr. Peter Nelson, the owner of Cars of the Stars about the Mustang and how it should be restored to condition as used in the film.
There used to be another
429 Mach 1 "Bond"
car in Texas that is often discussed on webforums, which is 1F05J100066.
This car was finally bought by the Ian Fleming Organisation and later on
display in the Bond in Motion exhibition. It finally became apparent that it
was not one of the hero cars through the in-detail research. There is still
some more evidence maybe needed to exclude it. In fact it is also a very
early car from August 1970, while the Las Vegas filming took place from
April 12th, 1971 and in May 1971.
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