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1966 Ford Mustang Convertible

  • Properly refreshed with the correct Springtime Yellow paint
  • 289-cubic-inch V-8 engine upgraded with a Holley four-barrel carburetor
  • Clean and correct Pony interior with factory air-conditioning

VIN: 6T08C123666

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Ford hit the ground running in 1964 1/2 with the introduction of the sporty new Mustang. Identical to the 1965 model, Ford could hardly keep up with production, running 24 hours a day in three plants, so when planning for the 1966 model began, changes were kept simple - why mess with success?

Many of the 1966 body panels are identical to the 1965 panels, with minor changes to the headlamp buckets and the hood. The front grille now featured horizontal chrome bars with the running horse emblem front and center. On the side of the car, the faux air scoops were updated, the gas cap changed, and all Mustangs received padded sun visors. It's no wonder that even Mustang enthusiasts are challenged to spot the subtle differences between '65 and '66 production.

Popular options included several versions of the 289 V-8, and a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission - just like the car offered here. The Pony interior included embossed seat backs, a five-cluster instrument panel, and walnut-style steering wheel and center console. A basic convertible Mustang began at $2,557, and Ford continued to sell as many as they could produce for the next several years.

Looking sharp in the factory-correct Springtime Yellow paint, this lovely convertible has been sympathetically restored to correct factory specifications. The panel fit is excellent, the paint looks great, and even the white soft top is clean and tight. Examine this one closely, as it is just as solid underneath - not cleaned and detailed, but more like honest, proper condition - showing the care it has always received. All the chrome and trim fits properly and looks great, and the overall visual impression is nothing short of top shelf. Factory wheels with newer radial tires and factory caps finish off the highly authentic look, and the stance of the car is level and correct, just like it did in 1966.

Pop the hood, and a very clean and correct 289 V-8 shows just like a new vehicle with one exception. The stock two-barrel carb has been upgraded to a Holley four-barrel, bumping the horsepower to about 225. It fires right up, idles smoothly, and will cruise all day at modern highway speeds. The car's Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission shifts on the faux woodgrain console, and this pony is nicely equipped with power steering, power brakes, factory air-conditioning, and a power-assisted soft top. The bucket seats are clean, the carpets look great, and all the gauges in the classic dashboard also look sharp and work well. There is very little to do here but turn the key and enjoy some fine open-top motoring.

Few cars are as easily recognized as a first-generation Mustang, probably because they were such an impactful new model, with Ford selling over a million Mustangs in just two short years. Was it the styling, or the performance, or simply the young sporty image? The answer to all those questions is, "yes," and along with an affordable price tag, the new Mustang was one of the most impactful new models ever, and today, a fine first-generation Mustang like this one will continue to turn heads and allow the new owner access to all the fun of classic Mustang ownership.

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