Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Mustang collecting hobby is the shear number of variations of Ford's pony-car which were produced. Among those variations, there are a chosen few which have become most revered and desired by collectors.
Squarely atop the list of the most desired Mustang models produced in period sits a car which many casual enthusiasts might not understand the significance or absolute rarity of. This model is the 1967 Mustang equipped with the venerable 289 cubic inch “K Code” V8.
At the start of Mustang production in 1965-1966, Ford Motor Company produced the High Performance “K Code” 289 as their top engine option with its solid lifters, higher compression, and a host of other unique mechanical features which put the high winding drivetrain far above the performance levels of all other Mustangs. However, the 1967 model year brought along what would be the first major refresh of the Mustang body style along with the introduction of a 390 big block variant! With the addition of the 390, ordering the K Code 289 V8 made less and less sense to consumers since the cost of a K Code would often exceed that of an S Code car. In your common buyer's mind, a big block offered more for the money than a small block optioned car...although the truth of that logic is highly debatable at best.
The car offered here is a 1967 Ford Mustang GTA “K Code” which was ordered from Tall Paul's Ford in Kansas City, MO in the always spectacular shade of Nightmist Blue and complimented by blue deluxe interior. Among the car's options are Convenience Control Panel, 170 MPH tires, Console, AM/8-track, Exterior and Interior Decor Groups, Tinted Glass, Deluxe Seat Belts, Shoulder harnesses, Heavy Duty battery, Competition Suspension, and Tach/Trip Odometer.
Considering the above options list, this car was ordered to be about as luxurious as a Mustang could possibly be. With that said, the list of performance options was also about as extensive as was possible at the time. Chief among those options is one which was rarely ordered. This was the “Competition Suspension” option which was only available on K Code and S Code optioned cars. This package featured what was essentially 1967 Shelby suspension with adjustable shocks, a thicker sway bar, unique 15x6 inch steel wheels shod in Galaxy hubcaps, and heavy duty springs. Overall, only 195 Mustangs would be optioned with competition suspension in 1967-making it one of the rarest options for the model year.
All those performance options would go to good use as, according to locals who hung around Tall Paul's Ford here in Kansas City in period, this K Code Mustang was ordered new by the daughter of the dealership and was seen running at the local drag strips on a regular basis.
All told, production for K Code Mustangs in 1967 totaled only 489 examples. Of those, only 319 were fastbacks with the production totals only getting smaller and smaller when the various performance and luxury features of the car are factored into the equation. The deluxe Marti report shown for this car breaks it down into a “1 of 1” car just as it does with so many other cars. However, there is little doubt that this particular car could be considered a “1 of 1” car in 5 or 6 unique ways other than the one listed on the Marti.
This particular 1967 Mustang GTA K code underwent a 4 year Mustang Club of America Concours restoration which was completed in 2010. It was first shown at the MCA Midwest Nationals in 2011 in Des Moines in the Concours Trailered class where it easily obtained a Gold Award. More recently, the car was brought out to the 2018 MCA Mustang Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska where it was again shown in the Concours Trailered class where, again, the car easily scored a Gold with only 5 points being deducted out of a total of 700!
As the car sits today, this 1967 Mustang simply must be among the most comprehensively and meticulously restored Mustangs on the open market as well as, perhaps, one of the very rarest Mustangs to be offered in some time. This car retains its original drivetrain from front to back and is a highly documented example having been featured on the cover of Mustang Monthly August 2011 as well as Mustang Magazine issue #14. The car was the subject of feature articles in both of those publications.
The opportunity to purchase a 1967 Mustang of this quality and rarity is simply one which very rarely comes about. This particular car, with its incredible list of options and features, is one which should serve as a fitting addition to the greatest Mustang collections in the world.
If you are interested in becoming the next caretaker of this wonderful Mustang, please do not hesitate to reach out at the link below!
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