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Abandoned Project: 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

This 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback is a project that ground to a halt some time back, and now the owner is looking for someone to take it on and to return it to its former glory. Don’t be mistaken, there is some work to do, but it looks like the owner has identified any rust issues in the car, and has begun to do something about them. Located in Springtown, Texas, you will find the Mustang listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set the BIN price for the Fastback at $17,800, but the option is available to make an offer.

The outward appearance of the Mustang looks pretty promising, with no signs of any major rust issues. Similarly, looking inside the engine bay would suggest that the shock towers are also pretty good. We don’t get a clear look underneath the Mustang, but the few spots that we can glimpse would suggest that there is at least some surface corrosion present. The trunk floor looks good, but the passenger side floor has been cut out entirely, and it doesn’t look like there is a replacement floor to weld back in. Similarly, it also looks like the floor on the driver’s side has also been replaced at some point, suggesting that this might not be the Mustang’s first round of restoration work.

What is left of the original interior is the seats, the rear fold-down mechanism, and a few plastic trim pieces. The rest of it looks like it’s no longer with the car. What is there looks to be pretty grotty, and it’s debatable whether it could be cleaned, or whether it will be a case of buying new covers for the seats and replacing everything else. This is a real shame because according to the Marti Report, the Fastback did have some nice original features. As well as the gauge cluster with the tachometer and trip meter, the car was also fitted with an AM/8-track player and a console.

While the news hasn’t been what I would call awesome so far, it is about to potentially get that bit worse. This Mustang rolled off the production line fitted with a J-Code 302ci V8, a 4-speed manual transmission, and a 3.25 limited slip rear end. It isn’t clear whether the original rear end is still present, as the seller doesn’t provide any information on this. The engine bay is very obviously empty, there are no photos of an engine or transmission among the parts, and neither of these is specifically mentioned by the seller. This would all seem to suggest that the engine and transmission are not present. If they aren’t, then that’s a real blow, to say the least. The owner does seem to be willing to answer questions, and that is a question that I would be very inclined to ask. That means that if this assumption is correct, then it might be possible to source date correct items, but this will never be a numbers-matching car.

I guess that every cloud should have a silver lining, and even if this Mustang is missing its motor and transmission, it would still be possible to restore it using date correct components. There is another option that could be open to the next owner. If there is no engine, then that makes this a blank canvas for that person to build the Fastback of their dreams. That is a real possibility, but it will be interesting to see what our readers would do with this car.


  1. Avatar photo Nevadahalfrack Member

    Is this how Ken Blocks Mustang started out?😎

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  2. Avatar photo TimM

    $17,800 for a shell!!! What a deal!!

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  3. Avatar photo MaxDukes

    Yep for 2019 a project car ..20k
    1980 a parts car for 200 dollars 👌😏

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    • Avatar photo Angrymike

      Prices like this will only hurt our hobby. The higher the prices, the less ppl can get into the hobby. I almost bought a very nice 1969 Mustang Mach 1 for $6000 in 1990, same car now, $50,000. I really can’t believe what ppl want now-a-days for a shell, it’s ridiculous !

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  4. Avatar photo karl

    I count six other Mustangs in this guys garage , I wonder if he removed the good parts from this car to a more solid one , or he knows restoring this car would be way more than its worth ?

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  5. Avatar photo grant

    This is the car to build custom, once he drops his ask to about a third of what he wants now. Until then he can keep it.

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  6. Avatar photo Jeremy

    This has Bullit clone written all over it

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  7. Avatar photo OhU8one2

    Restore? Hell no, you would be upside down when finished. ProTouring or Restomod. Better powertrain, better suspension and better brakes. Install Vintage Air system and you could build this with any paint or interior color you want. Plus NO hassle of chasing down correct date coded parts that would only stall this car from being finished. Then take it on the Power Tour.

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