C-code 289/automatic. Rebuilt & detailed engine, new interior, painted in 2008, rebuilt front end, new shocks, new exhaust, new brakes, rebuilt transmission, new tires. Ready to enjoy!
The color is Gulfstream Aqua, a Mustang color from a couple of years after this car was built, but nobody’s going to argue with the results. The car has had just two owners from new, with the original owner starting a restoration in 2006 or thereabouts, but sadly he passed away before it could be finished. The sheetmetal is in good order with great panel fit except for the trunk, which is often a tough piece on early Mustangs. The finish shines up well and it’s important to note that it’s even more attractive in person—this particular shade of turquoise is impossible to photograph in our studio (it looks bright blue to the camera) so we’ve had to adjust the color a bit to get a better representation of the final color. In person, it’s a bit more vivid and a bit darker, and it’s extremely attractive. Both doors open and close easily, the hood fits well, and all the chrome and stainless trim is brand new, so it really sparkles. This is a really nice-looking little car!
The standard black interior was fully restored with fresh seat covers, new door panels, and correct carpets throughout, so it looks excellent. All 1966 Mustangs received the 1965 GT 5-hole instrument cluster and all the gauges are new and fully operational, including the often troublesome ammeter. The standard black plastic steering wheel wears a leather wrap, which we left in place but we have no reason to believe it hides a deteriorated wheel—it was installed purely for comfort reasons. The original AM radio is in the dash and it works correctly and even the wipers do a good job. There are new weather seals throughout, so it seals up well, even though it’s wearing what we believe to be the original black vinyl convertible top which is in OK condition. It doesn’t leak, but there are some frayed edges and it appears that the rear window has been recently replaced. It also has a matching black boot and a correctly detailed trunk with plaid mat and full-sized spare tire with matching cover.
It's powered by what we believe to be its original 289 cubic inch V8. Fully rebuilt and living in a nicely detailed engine compartment, it runs superbly. Turn the key and it springs to life so quickly and smoothly that you almost don’t realize that it’s running, and even when it’s cold, it’s not fussy. The engine wears correct Ford Blue on the block, a factory air cleaner with reproduction decals, and a new wiring harness to ensure reliability. Other correct details include a yellow-cap ignition coil, Ford script hoses, tower hose clamps, and reproduction FoMoCo solvent bag for the washer system. There’s a new radiator up front, fresh fluids inside, and, well, it just runs and drives beautifully.
Underneath, it’s not restored but mostly original. The C4 3-speed automatic transmission was rebuilt and shifts well, and with 3.00 gears in the 8-inch rear end, it’s a great highway cruiser, too. There’s a fresh single exhaust system with just the right sound from the transverse muffler. The front suspension was rebuilt, the brakes are recent, and there’s really nothing left to do on this car but enjoy, because it rides and handles extremely well with no squeaks and rattles. It’s fitted with new 14-inch styled steel wheels and recent 195/70/14 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
You’re going to love this car. It’s cosmetically quite nice and mechanically excellent with no needs, so you can get in, turn the key, and head off to an adventure in your new old Mustang. Everyone is your friend when you drive a Mustang convertible and unlike many cars, there’s a real joy in how this car goes about its business—it seems to love its job. It is not a show car, of course, but if you want a decent car to enjoy, one that still works as a real car, this pretty little pony is tough to beat. Call now!
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