Can you still get a great-running vintage Mustang for not a lot of cash? Absolutely! This 1968 Mustang coupe proves that Ford's venerable pony car remains an affordable source of fun to this day. It packs a big block 390, a 4-speed, and a performance-oriented interior that delivers classic Mustang fun without the classic Mustang price tag.
Rangoon Red is a favorite Mustang color and on the coupe, it definitely looks sporting. You wouldn't expect bodywork this straight at this price, and the paint has a wonderful shine that looks right on the 45-year-old shape. The paint was done perhaps five or six years ago, so it's not a show car but there's a lot to like and you'll be proud to be seen in it. Even better, it hasn't been over-dressed with stripes and add-ons, and with only a subtle chin spoiler and C-scoops in the quarters, it remains the kind of Mustang that car guys have been enjoying for decades. Panel gaps are good and the paint has that vintage '60s look that's neither too shiny nor too full of metallic to be appropriate. Crisp body lines suggest the guys who did the work knew what they were doing, creating a car that only looks better and better the more you look at it. Bright chrome bumpers, shiny stainless trim, and crisp emblems add to the highly detailed look.
Basic black upholstery looks great in the no-nonsense pony car, an elegant combination that again belies the affordable price. The new Scat Procar buckets are aggressive, but somehow they look like they belong, especially since the upholstery matches so well. Custom door panels and an aftermarket center console help with the updated vibe. Factory instrumentation works well and is joined by an aftermarket temperature gauges discreetly installed under the dash. The 4-speed is fitted with a Hurst shifter and cue ball knob and the wood-rimmed wheel is a little fatter and a little smaller than stock, so it feels contemporary. An AM/FM/CD radio powers speakers in the rear package shelf and sounds pretty darned good, but I'm betting you won't use it much. The trunk is plain, but does include a full-sized spare on a brand new wheel.
The 390 cubic inch V8 was mildly built to be entertaining on the street and detailed enough to attract attention at shows. Holley Street Avenger carburetor and matching intake manifold handle intake duties underneath the open-element air cleaner, and you'll note that virtually every nut and bolt in the engine bay has been replaced, cleaned, polished, and reinstalled. Ford Blue on the engine itself looks fantastic and chrome valve covers are period-perfect. There's a new Edelbrock water pump up front, as well as a big aluminum radiator, so no worries about keeping this big block pony cool. A Toploader 4-speed manual transmission and 9-inch rear end are tough enough to handle the 390's torque without a whimper. A fresh exhaust system gives it that traditional Mustang sound without getting obnoxious on the highway, so this is an excellent cruiser for long trips. 15-inch Keystone wheels look period-perfect and wear white letter radials for a performance look.
Combining big block power with a 4-speed, great looks, and a bit of practicality, this cool coupe is an awful lot of vintage Mustang for a bargain price. Call today!