Unusual 1966 Mustang GT coupe with 4-speed. Real GT, fantastic survivor condition, two owners, original window sticker, maintenance receipts. Lots of options, runs and drives great, new tires. Nice car.
This handsome GT coupe carries more than $1000 worth of options on a car with a base price just over $2400 when it was new—that’s a pretty hefty hit on the bottom line. That’s probably explained by the fact that it was originally a lease to a Ford Motor Company executive. In 1968 it went to its first actual owner who kept it well into the 1980s before going to its second and most recent owner who has cared for it for more than 30 years. It appears to have been touched-up here and there, but most of it looks like original paint and it’s still in excellent shape throughout. Silver is certainly an unusual choice for a sporting Mustang, but it works extremely well with the black vinyl top (fantastic condition) and the black GT stripes along the rockers. This car also includes an accessory trunk rack that was probably installed early in the car’s life.
The black deluxe interior, AKA Pony interior, is almost entirely original and in wonderful condition. There are no splits or tears in the seats and even the original padding underneath is reasonably firm and comfortable. Notable options include a Rally-Pac on the steering column, a full-length console, and a Hurst shifter for the 4-speed manual, another detail that probably dates to very early in the car’s life. The carpets have likely been replaced since they’re just too nice to date to 1966, and they’re protected by a set of monogrammed rubber floor mats. The gauges are all fully operational except the clock and it includes an AM radio with factory rear speaker, an option we haven’t seen before. The remote driver’s mirror is another unusual option and you’ll note that the back seat looks almost completely unused. The trunk is fitted with its original mat and an ancient bias-ply spare tire that probably dates to the original owner.
All GTs came standard with the A-code 289 cubic inch V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor and 225 horsepower. Like all Ford 289s, this one runs great, with a nice, fat torque curve and a willingness to rev that you just don’t get in some of the later, bigger engines. It’s a bit scruffy under the hood but still quite correct, with original Ford Blue engine enamel sticking to the block and the GT-spec chrome air cleaner and matching valve covers. Other correct details include the yellow cap coil, factory alternator, and correct reproduction tune-up parts including the plug wires. Factory decals still hang on the shock towers and Mustang restorers will be happy to spot the fan shroud up front, which usually gets tossed and never reinstalled. The Autolite 4100 4-barrel carburetor has been recently rebuilt so it starts easily and runs great, pulling with genuine enthusiasm through all four gears. This little coupe was probably a very potent car on the streets of 1966!
It’s probably worth noting that the 4-speed was the single most expensive option on the car at $184.02, which was more than the A-code V8 or the GT equipment group. There’s a recent clutch handling the hookup and the Hurst shifter really shifts beautifully. The rest of the undercarriage is pretty original, showing some grease and grime but no critical rust issues. At some point in the past two small patches were welded into place in the rear footwells where these cars always rust—the workmanship is well done and they will present no additional problems in the future. 3.00 gears out back make it a comfortable car in today’s world and the dual exhaust system has just the right purr to it, not too aggressive but certainly fun. Steel wheels with wire hubcaps and whitewalls is how it was originally ordered, and it sits on fresh 185/75/14 Uniroyal whitewall radials with less than 50 miles on them.
Documentation is extensive, including the original window sticker, maintenance receipts dating back to the ‘70s, and a 1984 calendar where this was the March feature car.
It’s not rare, but it’s certainly unusual and with its great combination of originality and documentation, this Mustang is more than just fast fun. It stands out in a very crowded field and still delivers the fun driving experience you’d expect from a V8 Mustang. If you like to stand out without being obvious about it, this subtle silver GT is a great way to go. Call today!
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