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I'm turning 17 soon, looking at the car market a lot, and I have a new found respect and obsession for classic cars. Today I stumbled upon this beauty of a car known as the 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1.

It looks like the new Mustang, which I knew was a retro version of this version. But the classic model looks much tougher and rugged.

I was wondering if it is possible to find a nice restored one like this one: http://homepages.ius.edu/tguelda/MUSTANG1.jpg

for like $20k?

Would it be a bad idea to learn how to drive manual on this car as well? Most importantly, is it even safe, being an old car?
 

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Its definitely possible to find one, but don't get your hopes up of finding a ram-air 351 or 428 CJ car - they will cost more than 20K. A nice 302 auto from the southwest (Arizona, Texas, Nevada) will probably be in decent shape bodywise, and will be cheap to restore if you need any mechanical work. They're a reasonably safe car for the time they were built, but certainly aren't up to today's safety standards. One thing to consider with any car with a behind-the-axle mounted fuel tank, is to get a fuel cell so the tank doesn't rupture and explode in a rear end collision.
 

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Everything depends on the condition that it is in. I'm not so sure that it is a good idea to go with a classic car, when you are just starting to drive.

Let me suggest that you get a good late model with all the safety features. It will be more dependable and parts will be available too. If you are going to tear up a car, in a wreck, then you don't want to tear up a classic. Give it a few years and if you still want a classic, then go ahead and get one. good luck. Do take a mechanic with you when you look at it..
 

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it would be possible to find one for that amount,there's always someone that wants to sell one real cheap.but be ware on the older cars,you better know what your doing before you buy one of those,there can be a lot of hidden problems just waiting to go wrong with it.they were fairly safe vehicles it might be a bad idea to want to drive on one though,id want to know how to drive one before i got in one like that to drive it,good luck on it.
 
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