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86k Original Miles? 1968 Ford Mustang

Odometer readings in advertisements can sometimes cause potential buyers confusion that raises doubts about whether they should pursue that car further. However, this 1968 Mustang confirms that even when such questions hang over their heads, vehicles of this caliber can still generate significant interest. This Coupe is a dry-climate classic with no apparent needs beyond a new home. It has generated fierce interest since the seller listed it here on eBay in Phoenix, Arizona. Bidding has scorched past the reserve to sit at $14,000.

This Mustang presents well for an enthusiast seeking a tidy driver-grade classic. The seller indicates it received a repaint around twenty years ago in Presidential Blue, although it is unclear whether this is the shade it wore when it left the factory. The Parchment vinyl top adds a classy touch, and the overall impression is positive. I see no signs of significant flaws or defects, and the paint holds a respectable shine. The seller doesn’t mention any previous or existing rust problems, and if the car has spent its life in its current location, that bodes well for potential buyers. The panel gaps are tight and consistent, and although the 15″ Cragar wheels aren’t original, they are period-correct. The Mustang features tinted glass that is crystal clear, while the sparkling chrome and trim contrast perfectly contrast the darker paint shade. My only reservation is that some shots suggest the front bumper may have a slight bend in the center. However, I can’t make a definitive call on that because it is only visible from some angles.

The 1968 model year marked the end of an era for the First Generation Mustang, as it was the last where buyers could order their car powered by a 289ci V8. It was only offered in C-Code form, giving the buyer 195hp and 288 ft/lbs of torque under their right foot. The seller doesn’t indicate whether this car is numbers-matching but confirms its 289 is hooked to a three-speed automatic transmission. The original owner opted for power steering, but there is no assistance for the front disc brakes. The most significant question mark for some will be the listing reference to an odometer reading of 86,000 miles because the seller doesn’t confirm whether that reading is genuine. The engine bay presentation is acceptable for a vehicle of this vintage, although tying back a few loose wires would improve the situation. As with the originality of the odometer reading, there is no information on how this classic runs or drives. However, the overall condition of the vehicle gives cause for quiet optimism.

The news remains generally positive when we examine this Mustang’s interior. The lack of damage from the Arizona sun suggests the car spends its downtime hidden away from UV light. This car has avoided the specter of baked trim and plastic and would cause the new owner no shame should they rock up at a Cars & Coffee. There are a couple of small faded spots on the Dark Blue carpet, but these aren’t bad enough to justify replacement. There are no dash shots, so assessing that area of the interior is impossible. The speakers mounted in the rear parcel tray suggest an aftermarket stereo, while this car also features air conditioning and a center console.

This 1968 Mustang Coupe raises as many questions as it answers. Some aspects of its interior are impossible to assess, while the lack of information on the originality of the odometer reading and the car’s mechanical health will cause some potential buyers to shun this classic. I must emphasize the word “some” because the bidding action has been quite frantic. It has attracted forty-seven bids, indicating that people are willing to approach the seller for answers or roll the dice on this Mustang. The big question is, would you?


  1. Stan

    Cheerful Cruiser ⛱️

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  2. JoeNYWF64

    If the dash is blue, i guess then blue carpet is correct too.
    I wonder how common/popular white steering wheels were in the 1960s.
    Never seen 1 on the other pony cars.

    Like 3
    • Andrew J Henthorne

      White string wheels were furnished with white string wheels with white interiors, we red ones with red, blue with blue, turquoise with turquoise, etc

      Like 2
    • Andrew J Henthorne

      White steering wheels were furnished with white steering wheels with white interiors, we red ones with red, blue with blue, turquoise with turquoise, etc

      Like 2
  3. Andrew J Henthorne

    No muscle????

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  4. Jack Quantrill

    Our 1967, was $3010, out the door. In today’s dollars that would be $27,064! Based on 4% annual inflation. These weren’t cheap back then.

    Like 4
  5. Sam

    A 289 is a 289 is a 289 No Matter The Body. You can build it how ever you want.

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    • MTBordt

      Not all 289’s came the same from the factory. My old roommate had a hi-po w/quick change rear-end. He called it his vette eater.
      I auto mechanics class we had a hi-po on a stand to work on and play with. Then there were this rated at 185 hp or the ones in the broncos rated at considerable less. Go figure 🤔

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    • Big C

      Yo! $ Mouth! You obviously have never heard of a Texan named Carrol Shelby. Look him up. He had some pretty racy 289’s.

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    • CCFisher

      Guys, $ mouth is just stirring the pot. Let it go. He’s probably a 14-year-old kid with nothing better going on.

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    • CCFisher

      But just for fun, the next time I see a 289 Mustang at a show, I’m gonna go full-on The-Price-is-Right-I-just-won-a-new-car-bats***-crazy over it!

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  6. Paul S

    Car looks good until you open the hood. Would it be too much trouble to clean that up??

    Like 3
    • jetster

      oh yes the 289 is a very good motor ,the color combo of this car is awesome ,just the stance of this car is saying .”I’m cool”..very good looker .love it .I’m a fastback fan but really like this coupe.

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  7. Michael Gaff

    Even after reading all the negativity, I really like this car.

    I remember all the times that I replaced points and condensers in the aft-located distributors of my General Motors cars over the years.
    I loved the little 289 and its forward distributor.

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  8. Mike

    How hard would it be to add power discs?? Does the A/C blow cold or at all?

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  9. MTBorst

    $ where your mouth is…
    The “M” motor never amounted to anything. It was a smogger ! You could do some tricks to make it more efficient and give it a umph. But still a smogger from day one. 289 would out ruin that thing blindfolded

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