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Drive and Restore: 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe

While it will need some restoration work, this 1968 Mustang is a complete car that is ready and waiting for someone to take on the job of bringing it back to its best. No-one will be surprised to learn that it has some rust issues that will need to be addressed, but we’ve all seen cars with worse rust issues brought back from the brink. The Mustang is listed for sale here on eBay and is located in Mount Hope, West Virginia. The owner has set a BIN price of $7,500 for the Mustang, although the option is available to make an offer.

Okay, so there are some rust issues to be addressed, and I also suspect that there have been some others that have been attended to in the past. I was looking at the area around and in front of the rear wheel arch on the driver’s side, and I have a suspicion that there might be some Bondo present there. I will be interested to know what our Barn Find readers think about that possibility. Rust is also appearing in the bottoms of both quarter panels, and the bottom corner of the driver’s door. There is also some rust in the floors, as well as in the torque box on the driver’s side. It’s all repairable, but it would definitely pay to give the car a pretty thorough inspection.

Under the hood is the 289ci C-Code V8, which is hooked to a C4 automatic transmission. The news here is all pretty good, as this is a full, numbers-matching car, right down to the original and freshly rebuilt carburetor. The only non-original item under the hood is the air cleaner. The owner found the original build sheet for the car, which is included in the sale. As well as rebuilding the carburetor, the owner has also installed a new fuel tank and sender unit. He says that the car runs and drives well and that the power steering works perfectly. He also provides this YouTube video which provides a walk-around of the vehicle and allows you to hear the car running and driving. It all sounds pretty good.

The bones of the interior look quite good, but there are some items that will need to be restored or replaced. The dash pad is severely cracked and will need to be replaced. The seats and headliner are all in quite good, original condition, and would only need attention if you were seeking to achieve perfection with the car. There are some items, such as the carpet for one, that will either need to be restored or replaced, but what you have there is a good starting point for a restoration.

There are definitely some areas of this Mustang that I would like to get a closer look at, and I’d like to think that I’m completely wrong about the idea of there being Bondo in the car. The photos are a bit inconclusive in that area, but it is obvious that there has been some work done around that area of the car. We’ve probably all seen cars in worse condition brought back to their original glory. Would you be willing to take this one on?


  1. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Nice driver for the money – gas and go !

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  2. Robert L Davis

    look at the vin plate real good, and the rubber stop, both have been masked off at one time you can see the paint on them car is NOT all original…. just saying LOL its had paint work on it !

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    • Gary

      Looks like the gas tank has also been replaced. I don’t think an original would be so shiney.

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      • CATHOUSE

        If you would take the time to read the ebay listing you would see that the seller has clearly stated that the gas tank has been replaced with a new one.

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  3. Djs

    Remember all it’s a 50 + car but still a a great price

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  4. PatrickM

    I like all the pics. Demonstrates owner/seller is honest about condition. But, I do ave a slight problem….I don’t think this is a ’68. I think it is a ’67 at newest. I didn’t know Ford made a coupe in ’68. Somebody check me out. And, body plate says color was yellow. This car is beige, form all the pics I see. And I feel the price is a little high. $5,500.00 tops, for me.

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      The car is clearly a 1968. The seller has posted the VIN and it matches the photos of the door data plate and the buck tag. All start with an 8 which in this case prove the car is a 1968 model. Then there are the parts of the car that are 1968 parts, the front side marker lights, the rear side reflectors, the quarter panel cove mouldings, the steering wheel, the console, the seat back releases, the window cranks and the interior door opening handles. Ford produced Mustangs in the coupe body style for all years 1965 through at least 1978. And I believe that they continued to offer a coupe when the body changed for 1979.

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  5. 1CoolRide

    Easy- the 1968 models have rear side markers in the quarters.

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  6. Gaspumpchas

    Sure looks sweet- price attractive but beware of a rustang=rusted shifter shaft-says there has been some patch work underneath. These things will fool ya–front might be terrible and rear might be great–needs full inspection underneath and don’t forget the cowl plenum. hate to be a wet blanket, good luck to the new owner!!

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