This 1966 Ford Mustang 2+2 is definitely the real deal and is the beneficiary of a high-quality freshening that includes a few upgrades to make it a ton of fun to drive, including a 5-speed manual transmission. The fastbacks are the rare exception to the "if the top goes down, the price goes up" rule, sitting neatly at the top of the Mustang pecking order.
For the most part, this handsome pony was restored with an eye towards authenticity, with some rather big checks being written along the way. The work is a few years old, but it is holding up well and the Silver Blue paint is great at hiding minor signs of age and use. Incidentally, code Y Silver Blue paint is this car's original color and it gives the sporting fastback an upscale, grown-up look. Gaps are quite good and they worked hard to get the sheetmetal as straight as they could manage, and we're thrilled that it wasn't dressed up like a fake GT or Shelby during the restoration. It was originally a T-code 6-cylinder car, so there are no '289' emblems up front, but that's probably better in a subtle car like this and there's just no need to advertise. Up close, the detailing is quite nice and it appears that nothing was overlooked, from the shiny chrome bumpers to the insanely complex quarter panel vents to the neat little "Mustang 2+2" badges on the fenders.
All 1966 Mustangs got the former GT instrument panel, so this fastback has the right look inside. Almost everything was restored and it has plenty of upgrades and options, including the wonderful two-tone Pony interior. It's all nicely done, of course, and things like the woodgrained steering wheel and door panels are crisply detailed and in almost new condition. All the gauges show bright markings and the woodgrained dash insert matches the center console for a consistent look. The original AM radio has been cleverly upgraded to an AM/FM unit, which is a very nice feature if you like to drive. The upholstery is neatly installed and the fold-down rear seat gives you huge carrying capacity. The trunk is detailed properly with a plaid mat and full-sized spare.
While this one started out with a six-cylinder, it's now packing a built 289 that runs superbly and makes ferocious sounds. Thanks to an Edelbrock intake and Holley 4-barrel carburetor, Mallory Unilite ignition system, and an upgraded cam inside, it moves the fastback in appropriate fashion. With a coat of Ford blue paint, finned Cobra valve covers, and an open element air cleaner, it looks very much like Ford built it this way, and the Monte Carlo bar really helps stiffen the front end. The 5-speed manual gearbox shifts beautifully, clutch take-up is smooth, and with modest gears in back, it's plenty punchy around town but still cruises easily at highway speeds thanks to the tall 5th gear. It's clean underneath, with a Flowmaster exhaust system, front disc brakes, and an 8-inch rear end with a proper red oxide center section. Styled steel wheels are always the right choice and carry slightly oversize 215/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
This is a very exciting car in every way that matters. It's fast, fun, and very attractive, making it the kind of car that will always attract a lot of attention. Call today!