If you could have just one old car for fun, what might it be? For
millions, it's probably a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible just like
this. With a bubbly V8, wonderful color combination that includes a
few modern touches, and that vintage Mustang charm, it is one
legend that certainly lives up to the hype.
Mustangs always work best in bright red, and the searing finish on this car almost requires sunglasses to look directly at it. This sucker is simply stunning! It also appears that the sheetmetal underneath was in great shape and aside from the simple hood scoop, Shelby-style front valance, and C-scoops on the quarters, nothing has been dramatically altered. It's not trying to be something it isn't, so there are no stripes or even fake GT badges, and there are more than a few enthusiasts who will argue that the 1966 updates only make the Mustang more attractive. There's the simple black grille with running pony emblem, '289' badges on the fenders, and the three-element taillights, all of which make it perhaps the most recognizable car on the planet, and with shiny chrome bumpers shining against the red paint, it looks like a million bucks.
The black Pony interior is the right choice with the brightly-colored bodywork. Low back buckets wear correct reproduction seat covers with running horse inserts, and they flank a factory center console complete with a 4-speed manual shifter. The carpets, dash, and door panels are equally nice and don't look like they've spent any time in the hot sun, so they have surely been replaced along the way, too. The 5-gauge panel became standard in '66, although these gauges now have white faces, and the wood-rimmed Shelby-style wheel certainly looks at home here. A factory AM/FM head unit remains in the center of the dash, but a modern AM/FM/CD stereo head unit has been stashed in the glove box and feeds speakers in the kick panels and a serious set of amplifiers and a subwoofer in the trunk. The tan canvas convertible top looks brand new and comes with a black boot to give this pony a very clean top-down look. Open the trunk and you'll find that awesome stereo system, neatly installed with custom upholstery work and an embossed mat.
Ford wasn't doing the matching numbers thing in 1966, so we can't tell you whether this is the original 289, but it looks quite correct and has that wonderful small block Ford sound that is a big part of the Mustang's appeal. This is a real C-code car, so all the hardware around it is suitably beefy for the V8's power output (unlike the converted 6-cylinder cars), and it's been upgraded with all the usual goodies: a Holley 4-barrel carburetor and matching Edelbrock intake, electronic ignition, long-tube headers, and growling Flowmaster exhaust system. A brand new Top Loader 4-speed manual transmission was installed behind the stout small block about 5000 miles ago and shifts beautifully. The underside is shockingly clean with a lot of new suspension pieces, especially up front, so it has an awesome stance. 17-inch Boyd Coddington wheels add to the ground-hugging look and carry 225/45/17 performance radials.
This is the new baseline for V8 Mustang convertibles, and they're only going up from here. If you've been waiting to buy one, don't wait too long, because cars like this just don't last long. Call today!