Let's face it, with so many over-the-top cars out there, there's
definitely something to be said for subtlety. This 1966 Ford
Mustang coupe is an ideal example of doing more with less, and it
doesn't need flashy paint or oversized tires to make its statement.
Instead, it's a carefully crafted machine that lets the little
things do the talking, and once you get a look, I guarantee you'll
The early Mustang is one of the most recognizable cars ever built, so the subtle and elegant look this one carries shouldn't bother anyone. Refinished in a color that's pretty close to Candyapple Red, which is this car's original color, and it looks awesome. Forget fake Shelby stripes, this one makes a statement with straight bodywork, crisp sheetmetal bends, and nice finish work so that you're drawn in to have a closer look. It's got some age and mileage on it today, but there's a lot to love about a Mustang that's been driven and everybody will smile when they see this handsome pony car. Things like the chrome bumpers, stainless window surrounds, and taillights are all stock Mustang items, because good taste never goes out of style, and while the VIN says this is a T-code 6-cylinde car, those '289' emblems on the front fenders aren't just there for show. To be honest, it's kind of refreshing to see a Mustang dressed pretty much as it might have been in, say, 1969 when it was still being used as a regular car, not a collector's item.
The red bucket seat interior is like the body, almost entirely stock, but with a few smart upgrades that enhance the driving experience. The original buckets have been reupholstered in correct textured red vinyl seat covers with door panels to match, and there are new carpets on the floor. Original gauges are all fully functional, while the radio is a familiar AM unit, but somewhere along the line, someone has thoughtfully added an FM unit under the dash, so you're not stuck with whatever passes for entertainment on AM these days. There is no center console, but the T-shaped shifter for the C4 3-speed automatic looks right sticking out of the neatly upholstered transmission tunnel, just as it would have decades ago. The steering wheel is perhaps a little fatter than the original and there are carpeted floor mats to keep it in top shape. In back, the trunk is finished with an OEM style plaid mat that gives it a correct look.
Small block Mustangs are a threat on the street thanks to their excellent power-to-weight ratio and rugged hardware, and it's no surprise that someone upgraded from the original inline-six. This 289 has been augmented with things like an Edelbrock carburetor and GM HEI ignition system, and it drives smoothly so you know there are no finicky parts inside. Dress-up includes a set of finned valve covers and a custom air cleaner, as well as Ford Blue engine enamel that is a nod to tradition. It's not detailed for show, but it runs great and a few weekends of work under the hood could really make a difference on this entry-level cruiser. Underneath, you'll find extremely clean floors, a recent dual exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers, and new shocks all around, so it's ready to enjoy immediately. Stock steel wheels with Mustang hubcaps and 195/75/14 whitewall radials complete the authentic, original look.
Walk softly and carry a big stick has always been a favorite car-building philosophy, and this pretty red Mustang coupe is an affordable way to get into the hobby with a blue-chip collectable. Call today!