Early Mustangs are still one of the very best ways to get into the old car hobby for not a lot of cash. This 1966 Mustang coupe is one of those cars that everyone will love, parts are available just about everywhere, and for the money you just won't be able to find a more iconic car to put in your garage. Finished in a GT-350H paint and decal scheme and featuring a recently rebuilt 200 Inline-6, this ain't your Daddy's sprint pony either.
Code Z Sauterne Gold is this pony's original color, but that was too bland for the enterprising builder, so a slick black with gold stripes combination was configured to emulate the legendary Hertz rental fastbacks of the era. Unusual yet attention-grabbing, it looks bright and clean on this affordable coupe. It was repainted not long ago and is showing a few minor signs of age (that's the nature of black paint), but then again, a Mustang with some character lines can be extremely appealing. Nothing about the original design has been changed, so everywhere you go people will tell you what an awesome car this is and how much they love the color. Panel fit is good all-around and with those gold accents highlighting the car's sleek profile, the car's long nose/short deck proportions are emphasized as well. Nice chrome bumpers, the simplified 1966 grille and running pony emblem, a slightly aggressive hood scoop, a GT350 fuel cap, and those instantly recognizable taillights all give this Mustang a familiar look that will win its share of admirers.
They splurged on a slick black vinyl interior for this neat little coupe, and the finished work inside is clean and upscale thanks to the monochrome look. Bucket seats were standard on Mustangs, as were seat belts, the first American car to make them standard equipment. The seat covers are recent and in great shape, along with matching carpets, headliner, dash pad, and door panels to complete the ensemble. In 1966, all Mustangs received the 1965 GT instrument panel with five gauges and a large central speedometer, and while the gauges themselves are unrestored and a bit haggard, the overall look is inviting. An original AM radio is in the proper slot, although it will need an upgrade if you're ready to pump some tunes into the cabin. The spacious trunk is also properly outfitted with a reproduction mat that really cleans up the cargo bay, and it has plenty of room to accommodate for most travel plans.
The T-code 200 cubic inch inline-six should not be overlooked by enthusiasts, and there's a growing group of guys who recognize these sturdy engines as more than just inexpensive alternatives to V8s. Rebuilt approximately 500 miles ago, it's a nice runner with an unobtrusive demeanor, and it breathes through a Holley 2-barrel carburetor and open-element chrome air cleaner. One important thing to note is that service access on the six is unbeatable and parts are insanely inexpensive and easy to replace, so keeping this one in top mechanical condition should be a breeze. The C4 three-speed automatic transmission means that driving this one anywhere is as easy as turning the key and 3.20 gears out back promise a nice compromise between performance and cruising ability. The underside is just as clean as you'd hope, even for an affordable Mustang, and the single exhaust system has a proper six cylinder grumble to it thanks to a newer chambered muffler. It rolls on 14-inch wheels with hubcaps that look deceptively like the optional styled steel wheels and a set of 205/70/14 blackwall radials.
This is a very affordable early Mustang with an eager personality and a handsome look that turns heads everywhere it goes. Don't overlook it because of what it isn't, embrace it for what it is: a cool vintage Mustang that's surprisingly practical. Call today!