Crusty Fastback: 1968 Ford Mustang GTA

1968 Ford Mustang GTA

Update 5/18/15 – Since the seller pulled the auction, it has been relisted again here on eBay.

From 4/26/15 – Everybody wants fastback Mustangs these days! This 1968 example proves that point well. Bidding here on eBay is already up to $14k with 42 bids and it is not even a top spec car. It’s a C-code GTA. That means it’s a GT, which is a good thing, but it also the base 289 2-barrel engine under the hood. The A on the end means that shifting duty was handled by an automatic. So, Im guessing that the excitement here has more to do with the sleek fastback body style than the mechanicals. I like the look of the crusty green paint, but as the seller suggests, the car may end up becoming the base for a Shelby or Eleanor clone. Personally, I would attempt to clean up the paint, treat any rust, and drive it as-is while slowly making improvements. What would your plan be?

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Comments

  1. john

    I would send it to the bodyshop for a nice paint job in a much nicer colour. Then just give it some TLC and enjoy it….

  2. john

    It’s gone!

  3. Ron

    I’d restore it to original Lime, get the interior nack to showroom specs and hide a mild vam and Edelbrock 4 bbl under a stock air cleaner.
    Seems like more and more ebayers are trolling Barn Finds as most of the cool ones even without Buy It Now seem to Disappear in Sixty Seconds after posting here…

  4. Don

    Sad to say that these Sport Roof Mustangs are priced far beyond what most of us can afford today, I’ve always liked them but never had an opportunity to buy one for the right money with the exception of a bright red 69 Mach 1 that I bought for $350 in 1975 that my younger brother pleaded with me to let him have, and then he proceeded to beat the snot out of it to the point of turning the car into a broken & unrepairable hulk that was beyond even my capabilities. But I never let him forget how valuable that car is today and I enjoy watching him do a slow burn. Not that I am without sin, I did the very same thing to my new 68 GTO in 68, by the time I was done with it, it had 8,000 miles on it but looked like it had been run through the crusher.

    • Rocco

      Sooo, abuse runs in the family.

      Couldn’t resist a little joke.

  5. Jeff V.

    Ah, memories! My very first car in hs was a ’67 Mustang fastback that the previous owner had put a 390/4b in fm a ’66 Tbird. It had a recently rebuilt C6 tranny in her with a posi rear end. I was in auto-shop and installed a chrome straight-pipe exhaust. Fastest car around till some rich senior kid got a 70 1/2 Camaro Z28 LT1. The handling was terrific, sat level. Paid 500$ in ’75, no rust/dents but primer spots in places, chrome was ok from what I remember.

  6. Dolphin Member

    Normally I would want it put back to the way the factory delivered it, but the spec on this one wasn’t very good from the start, so I think I would make it into a Bullitt tribute.

    I’ve got the movie still of Steve doing that wheelspin backup out of a wrong turn in the chase sequence up on my wall, so why not? Besides, the color wouldn’t be much different from what it is now.

    • Rocco

      Much better choice over the Eleanor.

  7. roger

    I would use some eleanor parts have old paint blasted off and repainted.

  8. Mike

    clean it up and have a good driving car. Eleanor and Shelby clones are so over done. Keep it stock and have fun.

    • Rocco

      I totally agree about the Eleanor and Shelby clones.
      I think Dolphin had a good idea. Do a Bullitt tribute with American Racing wheels and wasn’t it Highland Green(?). It has to be painted anyway, and it probably need tires. Minimum $ invested, but what a good looking car.
      Add some disc brakes and what a combo.

  9. sp8z

    I don’t think there is any such thing as a GTA. GT= 4 speed; A= automatic so…?

  10. Cameron Bater UK

    If I had this I’d use it as a donor for a custom Mustang to my Specs, I want to undertake a project in the future to create a performance mustang. I would start with getting rid of the Automatic Transmission and replace it with a Volvo M46 4 speed and OD Manual (possibly the most unbreakable transmission ever put into a vehicle available to the general public) I have two laying around at home, then Id follow that up by choosing an appropriate engine replacement – not neccicaraly an American engine either, I’d have to see how much money I had once the structure had been made sound and of course how much room and power everything else can take before it either snapped, shattered or strips itself.

  11. Michael

    I had a ’68 GT way back so I would probably have it painted gold with black “C” stripes to remind me of it. Mine wasn’t a fastback which made it rarer. I still miss it.

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