Former Barrett-Jackson Restomod: 1966 Ford Mustang GT

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In the 1960s, the GT was a high-performance version of the hot new Ford Mustang. It came with a 289 cubic inch V8 that produced 225 hp and had unique styling cues like grille-mounted fog lights. This 1966 GT has been treated to various modifications (including a 5-speed manual!) and even crossed the auction block once at Barrett-Jackson. Looking rather stout and ready to go, its owner for the past 16 years is finally ready to let it pass. Are you ready to take ownership of this retromod classic?

Some of the items that set a GT apart from a regular Mustang included an A-code V8 engine, trumpet exhaust, GT stripes and lettering, front disc brakes, fog lamps, and more. The seller’s car had/has these attributes except for the GT gas cap (a regular Mustang cap seems to be in play now). But a document from the 1995 Barrett-Jackson event indicates this to be a GT, so who are we to argue with that authority?

We’re told this Mustang was restored and modified before being auctioned off in Scottsdale in 1995. The engine now displaces 313 cubic inches, and the suspension has been lowered by one inch. We don’t know where the car was between 1995 and 2008, but that’s when it changed hands last, and it gained the Ford Racing T5 transmission in 2013 where a 4-speed once lived. The Ford was also treated to a color change during the restoration, switching from Sauterne Gold to Ivy Green.

Besides being a strong runner, we’re told the interior is impeccable and the photos back that up. Even a Moto-Lita steering wheel has been added to round out the passenger compartment. The Mustang will come with a ton of service receipts, but not the black California license plates it wears. The only thing inoperative may be the fog lamps whose wiring isn’t intact. This beauty is located in Culver City, California, and is available here on eBay where $32,800 has yet to crack the seller’s reserve. We suspect you’ll have to go way higher than that to take this GT home.

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  1. Bud Lee

    Why don’t they run it back through Barrett Jackson?

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    • KC

      Yeah run it back through the Barrett Jackson auction to recover the $$$ paid from the first auction. Maybe you’ll get some bids from those Barrett Jackson billionaires who ruined the muscle car market for the rest of us average Joe’s……just saying?

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      • Bud Lee

        Well that was my point. He should run it through there…….AT FULL THROTTLE!

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  2. Roger Upton

    Probably because of the no reserve if there’s not a serious buyer in the room it can go for pennies on the dollar. That’s not counting listing cost, plus 10% sellers fee and the cost to you and the car to BJ.

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  3. Tiger66

    “In the 1960s, the GT was a high-performance version of the hot new Ford Mustang. It came with a 289 cubic inch V8 that produced 255 hp….”

    Uh, 225 or 271 gross hp, not 255.

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    • Russ Dixon Russ DixonAuthor

      My bad. Corrected. Thanks!

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  4. Mark F.

    I realize this is marketed as a restomod and not a restoration, but there are several inconsistencies with this car being a real GT. Starting with the fact that the fog lights are “not fully wired”. The 1965 gas cap instead of 1966 ft one. The 1965 GT dash bezel (half year only because of the upper mustache style instead of complete ring around it) instead of a 1966 style style. I suspect this car isn’t going back to Barrett Jackson because the standards have gotten much higher for these cars at Barrett Jackson. This one looks like just another owner modified car with a mish mash of parts. 65 Shelby steering wheel, 66 Shelby wheels, Monte carlo bar but not the much better export brace.

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  5. DA

    I agree with Mark F. – inconsistencies abound. Even at half the price, I’d expect the fog lamps to be operating. Also, not too charged up about the screwed-on VIN plate.

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  6. 767driver

    No pictures of the underside…really?

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  7. 19sixty5Member

    “The 289 V8 engine was rebuilt, ported and polished to 313 cu. ft. with racing cams and roller rockers.” I didn’t know you could port and polish an engine to increase it’s displacement, or the the 289’s had multiple racing cams! Obviously it has been bored and stroked, but weird wording in the description. Barrett Jackson simply means someone likely paid too much for the car. All that being said, it is a nice looking car, and would be fun to own.

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