SUMMARY<br /><br />The beneficiary of a professional rotisserie restoration<br /><br />428 cubic inch FE V8<br /><br />Tremec 5-speed manual transmission<br /><br />Ford 9-inch rear axle<br /><br />Power rack-and-pinion steering<br /><br />4-wheel power disc brakes<br /><br />17-inch American Racing Shelby Cobra wheels<br /><br />Dynomax exhaust<br /><br />Rangoon Red paint / Black stripes<br /><br />Sale includes: Restoration photos / Restoration receipts / A Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report<br /><br />A new year often inspires thoughts about the future. Planning, resolutions and idealizing what should be instead of optimizing what is. But whatever happened to the 'here and now'? You know, living in the moment and enjoying what we have as opposed to fighting for constant betterment and forever prolonging joy. So many enthusiasts are enthralled with owning the biggest, baddest and awesome-est garage trophy that they completely lose sight of the reason they fell in love with cars in the first place. I mean, have you ever met any seasoned gearhead who reminisces about huge residuals or plastic trophies? That's why inventory like this sweet '68 Mustang is such a soothing breath of fresh air. Sure, it's a stellar classic that wears a professional restoration. And yes, it's likely that it'll build some value and grab a few trophies. But it's also the kind of car you buy because you actually enjoy working on, driving in, and playing with Detroit's finest metal. So, if you've been nodding in agreement with everything you just read, this slick Ford belongs in your garage!<br /><br />BODYWORK/TRIM<br /><br />Subjected to a professional, rotisserie restoration that was documented through a series of photos, this razor-sharp pony combines one of Ford's best powerplants with one of the Mustang's best profiles. The car's build, an intense project that was punctuated by hundreds of hours of labor, mixed solid sheetmetal with tedious blocking and thorough stripping. Once that steel was well aligned and fully prepped, a vivid layer of Rangoon Red 2-stage was complemented with a wide hood stripe, accented with traditional C-stripes and raised to an excellent shine. And today, this authentic S-code 'stang is a show-quality resto-mod that enhances both driving and comfort.<br /><br />There's no debating the curb appeal of a clean Mustang fastback. And in the 21st century, it doesn't get much better than this Ford's racy combination of carefully polished pigment and ornate factory bolt-ons. At the front of the car, a stainless-trimmed grille hangs a corralled pony emblem between modern headlights, correct GT driving lamps, a bright bumper and bullet-style parking lights. At the top of that grille, a peaked hood founds a satin-finished scoop in front of mirrored stainless, satin wipers and like-new glass. At the sides of that glass, a simple profile hangs traditional door handles and a correct mirror over stylish "GT" emblems, requisite marker lamps and dent-free rocker guards. And at the back of that profile, a stainless-trimmed valance centers intricate "M U S T A N G" lettering above contoured taillights, a red-trimmed fuel filler, polished Magnaflow exhaust tips and a second bright bumper.<br /><br />ENGINE<br /><br />The whole point of transforming a classic into a resto-mod is upgrading existing componentry. And the builders of this top-notch Mustang did exactly that by replacing the car's already stout V8 with 428 cubic inches of Ford-Edsel bliss! At the top of the polished and rebuilt mill, a single-snorkel air cleaner utilizes functional ram air induction to drop oxygen in to a big Edelbrock carburetor. Below that juice box, an Edelbrock Performer intake rides between factory Ford heads that are equipped with polished "POWER BY FORD" valve covers. At the front of those heads, a familiar points distributor shoots spark through loomed 7mm Standard Triple Silicon cables, which snake around Hooker long-tube headers. In front of those wires, factory pulleys spin a rebuilt alternator opposite modern power steering. And at the front of those ancillaries, a shrouded fan cools a fresh aluminum radiator. Aesthetically, the Ford Blue block rides in a slick, Satin Black engine bay that appears to have seen very little road time. And high quality components, like color-keyed fluid lines, color-keyed dipsticks and a polished power steering reservoir provide subtle visual detail.<br /><br />DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION<br /><br />At the bottom of this Ford, a spotless undercarriage houses solid, body-matched floors that are mapped with a roster of restoration-fresh parts. Behind the buff FE, a proven Tremec 5-speed twists a back-braced 9-inch axle. That drivetrain rolls on a fully rebuilt suspension that's complete with front and rear sway bars. Turns come courtesy of modern power rack-and-pinion steering. Stops are provided by four power-assisted calipers, which squeeze a quartet of drilled rotors. The aforementioned headers dump spent gases in to aluminized pipes, which employ an H-shaped crossover and throaty Dynomax mufflers. And power scorches the pavement through American Racing Shelby Cobra wheels, which twist 225/45ZR17 Continental ExtremeContacts in front of 255/40ZR17 Continental ExtremeContacts.<br /><br />INTERIOR<br /><br />Between the doors, a crisp interior mixes fresh black vinyl with miles of monochromatic trim. Top dead center, factory-style buckets span optional shoulder belts. A dual-cowl dash hangs blue-lit telemetry and a sprawling Carrol Shelby signature over a familiar Philco radio. At the floor, a simple Hurst shifter surfs a sea of fade-free carpet. At the roof, a tight headliner backs a dual-mode mirror. At the sides of the car, ornate door panels frame traditional handles. In front of the driver, a factory steering wheel laps a patriotic Mustang emblem. And behind the cockpit, a clean trunk features a plenty of space to haul trophies.<br /><br />HISTORICAL INFORMATION<br /><br />According to Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works, this clean coupe was bolted together in Metuchen, New Jersey on March 20th, 1968. Here's a thorough breakdown of the car's Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report.<br /><br />DOOR DATA:<br /><br />SERIAL NUMBER: 8T02S185326<br /><br />8 – 1968 model year<br /><br />T – Built in Metuchen, New Jersey<br /><br />02 – Mustang Fastback<br /><br />S – 390 cubic inch, 4V V8<br /><br />85,326th Ford vehicle scheduled for production at Metuchen<br /><br />63A – Mustang Fastback<br /><br />I – Ford #2041-A Lime Gold paint<br /><br />2A – Black Standard vinyl interior with bucket seats<br /><br />20C – Scheduled for build on March 20th, 1968<br /><br />11 – Boston Ordering District<br /><br />G - 3.25 Equa-Lok axle<br /><br />5 – 4-speed, wide-ratio manual transmission<br /><br />OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT:<br /><br />Black paint stripe<br /><br />GT Equipment Group<br /><br />4-speed, wide-ratio manual transmission<br /><br />Locking differential<br /><br />F70x14 Wide Oval white sidewall nylon tires<br /><br />Power disc brakes<br /><br />Power steering<br /><br />AM radio<br /><br />Remote control driver's mirror<br /><br />DELIVERED TO: Brodhead Ford Sales Inc. of Dover, New Hampshire<br /><br />OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES<br /><br />A vintage Owner's Manual<br /><br />Restoration photos<br /><br />Restoration receipts<br /><br />The aforementioned Deluxe Marti Auto Works Report<br /><br />A set of floor mats<br /><br />It's difficult to imagine the automotive world without Mustangs. They've been a staple in the collector car market for decades, and it's very rare to find a well-executed restoration that carries an asking price of roughly half its build cost. If you're looking for a highly desirable classic that'll provide years of weekend fun, don't miss the chance to claim this awesome Ford!