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382 Stroker Included: 1967 Ford Mustang

Decisions, decisions. That is what the buyer of this 1967 Mustang will be saying to themselves when they tackle its restoration. It looks a bit tired now, but this is a classic that has plenty of positive attributes. It runs and drives, but the engine could do with some attention if a faithful restoration is on the cards. However, the option is there to proceed down a different path with this car, and plenty of people would find the possibilities too tempting to resist. Located in Salem, Oregon, you will find the Mustang listed for sale here on eBay. There has only been a single bid submitted, which is for $4,500. This bid has not met the reserve, and while the BIN of $20,000 might seem a long way from the current bid, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone hit the button on this one.

The seller has managed to own this Mustang twice, making it seem slightly strange that he would choose to sell it again. This is especially true when you consider it was his first car when he was 16-years-old. I know that if I had the chance to get my hands on my first car again, I wouldn’t be willing to sell it and make the same mistake twice! When he sold it the first time, the new owner performed a restoration on the car. That was 20-years-ago, and the poor old ‘Stang is looking tired again. However, the issues are only cosmetic because this is a Mustang that has managed to remain rust-free. That means that cosmetically there are only a few minor dings and dents to address and the usual preparation before a fresh coat of Candy Apple Red can be applied. The trim and chrome are presentable, while there are no significant chips or cracks in the glass.

The Mustang’s interior is pretty tidy, and it would be interesting to see how it responded to a deep clean. The only issues worth noting are the center missing from the wheel and some wear on the driver’s side carpet. However, a new carpet set in the box is included in the sale, so that’s one less expense for the buyer to consider. While the interior looks good, there is a sweetener with this car. The owner has accumulated a collection of interior trim pieces. Some are genuine parts, while some are reproductions. The owner wants to clear his workshop, so all of these pieces will be included in the sale.

We now reach the point where things become extremely interesting with this Mustang. If this is a numbers-matching car, the engine bay should still be home to a C-Code 289ci V8. In its heyday, this would have been pumping out 200hp, which found its way to the rear wheels via a 3-speed automatic transmission. The seller says that the Mustang runs and drives, and he drove it 70 miles from its place of purchase to his home when he reacquired the car back in 2018. The engine does run rough, and the seller believes that it is missing on one cylinder. This issue could be an easy fix, or it could be quite involved. However, there is an alternative that is well worth considering. Included in the sale is a freshly built 382ci Stroker motor. It has been blueprinted, fitted with a girdle and a high-volume oil pump, a Moroso oil pan, roller rockers, along with MSD ignition components and a Holley Street Avenger carburetor. The Stroker was fired-up in the shop and pumps out a healthy 400hp. There’s no point having all of that power if you can’t use it. That means that the extra C4 automatic transmission with the Stage 2 shift kit is going to potentially come in mighty handy. The C4 has been rated to cope with 400hp, so it is perfectly suited to bolt behind that Stroker motor. The owner is also throwing in a new set of headers, a torque converter, and a few other parts to further sweeten what is already a pretty sweet deal. I’ve been trying to nail down what this motor must be worth, but if the buyer wants to perform a faithful restoration, selling this V8 and the C4 transmission would help pay some of the project bills.

I tend to prefer seeing classic cars treated to faithful restorations, and the overall sound nature of this 1967 Mustang lends itself perfectly to that strategy. However, with 472,121 Mustangs rolling off the production line in 1967, these are not a rare car. They are still desirable, and a pristine numbers-matching example can easily sell for $30,000. This one offers an alternative, and it is an alternative that many people will find too enticing to resist. Are you one of those people? If so, would you consider making a concerted effort to park this classic in your workshop?

Comments

  1. Steve R

    Overpriced for what it is. The engine is an odd mix, some quality, some corner cutting. This looks like a case where someone gave up on their project mid way through, added up their receipts and used the total as their asking price.

    Steve R

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  2. Daniel Gavin

    Steve……..I agree. California Dream’in !!!

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    • Steve R

      Oregon dreaming, in this case.

      Steve R

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  3. jt

    I guess taking 5 minutes to take all the crap off the car for pictures would be asking to munch

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