Great Starter Classic: 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe

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If you have attended a car show lately, it is obvious that there are a lot more people looking at cars then there are people showing cars.  It is imperative that we get more people behind the wheel of an older car if we want the hobby to continue.  While many are lacking in automotive skills and are reluctant to commit to ownership and all that the term entails, there are cars out there that would make excellent first rides.  Take for example this 1967 Ford Mustang coupe for sale here on eBay out of Henderson, Maryland.  While some areas of the car need improvement, this one repaint pony car is full of potential and can be repaired by nearly any serious auto mechanic in America.  The only thing separating this Mustang from its next owner is the buy it now price of $8,900.  Is the price right on this pony car?

The back story on this Mustang is that it was found with a few other cars and, we assumed, purchased in a lot.  It is a factory air-conditioned car with a 289 V-8, automatic, and power steering.  The beautiful finish on the car is actually a repaint of the original Nightmist Blue Metallic.  The car is just out of long term storage and does not run.  The good news is that the engine still turns free.  It will obviously need the usual fuel cleanout, brake system refurbishment, battery, tires, and some windshield washer fluid.  Maybe a new set of wipers as well.

The seller also tells us that the usual Mustang rust is mostly absent from this car.  Thankfully the floors, rockers, shock towers, inner fenders, and trunk are said to be in great condition.  A repair will need to be made on the front passenger side where the toe board meets the floor.  A careful look at the pictures also reveals rust on a few minor interior pieces, and the bumpers are in need of re-plating.  It would likely be cheaper to just replace them with reproductions.  The costs associated with chroming makes re-plating more expensive than replacement at this time.

As for the car as a whole, it is totally presentable as it sits.  The light blue paint contrasts well with the black vinyl top.  The paint on the cowl vent panel separating from the primer below is the only glaring problem with the finish.  If I were looking at it, I’d spend a lot of time running my fingers over the vinyl top.  While they look cool on some cars, vinyl tops are the perfect breeding ground for rust and have helped a number of cars find their way to the junkyard.

Looking inside, the interior doesn’t look half bad.  The dash pad, which often cracks and warps on Mustangs of this era, seems to be in useable shape.  We can’t really see the condition of the steering wheel, as no rational person has yet had the opportunity to cut the cheap cover off of it.  Fortunately, the rest of the wheel looks to be in good order.  Even the hideous and enormous horn pad looks to be OK. Another plus is that the seats, carpet, and door panels all appear to be one thorough scrubbing away from being useable and quite acceptable.

A look under the hood also shows the engine to be pretty much untouched from the factory.  Mustangs, especially as they descended from the showroom to used car lot, tended to be driven hard.  Especially V-8 cars.  Finding a solid V-8 car like this is fairly rare.  Discovering one with factory air is even more of a needle in a haystack experience.  If it were a fastback, it would have burned the internet down by now.

Is the car worth the buy it now price?  I think so.  The color combination works well for a 1967 coupe’s lines.  Condition wise, you would be hard pressed to find such a well optioned original Mustang in such shape.  Factory air just sweetens the deal.  If I purchased it, I’d get it ready for the road, replace the bumpers, and drive it.  A restoration here makes no sense.  It is a good car and will make someone a very happy owner.  Hopefully, that owner will be new to the hobby.  We need all the help we can get.

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  1. Mike

    That “growth” coming out of the center of the steering wheel needs to be surgically removed pronto. McQueen not approved.

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    • Beatnik Bedouin

      That’s a factory-installed growth on the steering wheel, Mike. In case you don’t already know, that was part of Ford’s passenger safety equipment during that era…

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      • Mountainwoodie

        If I want to be impaled on my steering heel center I’d like it a little more pointed!

        On another topic….Jeff’s implicit points are well taken. The aging of the car nut demographic is a real problem. Unless you have kids and have brought them along to have your passion, there will be a lot of really nice cars on the market eventually.

        I think at almost nine grand and not running this is expensive. But then that’s just me. If I was selling this I would have it running at a minimum if I wanted this ask

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  2. Bob C.

    I always thought that “growth” was an ugly feature.

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  3. dave brennan

    My Tbird has it too. Just as ugly

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  4. Bob S

    My 67 Comet has it too. You get used to it after awhile.

    Like 3
  5. Woody

    This is a classic little Ford and a good price.Looks like a solid cruiser!

    Like 6
  6. j liu

    Color correction, that would not be Nightmist Blue (K) which was a very dark blue metallic. This color could be either Brittany Blue code Q or Arcadian Blue code F.
    If the floors and shock towers are sound, that looks like a nice driver as-is. One could re-do things as the budget allowed while enjoying the ride.
    Nice equipment, too.

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    • 2ManyCars1

      Looks like Brittany Blue as seen on my wife’s 67 6 cylinder coupe here in my garage!😸 Possibly repainted.

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  7. j liu

    I see the tag specifies Nightmist Blue, so this must be a repaint or have a left door replacement where the tag was not changed. odd…
    Nightmist blue…attached.

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    • Brad

      Nightmist Blue is in my opinion the nicest colour on a ’67….. put it back to the original colour!

      Like 6
  8. local_sheriff

    Who was sobbing while claiming muscle car era cars were out of financial reach for young buyers !?! I obviously haven’t kept up to date on Mustang prices in decades, a quick search on fleabay reveals this one isn’t the only possible great buy around.

    Considering what this one and many ,many similar Mustangs are advertised for I simply cannot comprehend why there aren’t thousand of millennial kids out there riding in these easy and cheap to fix cars…

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    • IkeyHeyman

      A lot of millennial kids don’t want to buy cars, let alone work on them – they rather just Uber where they want to go.

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  9. John Case

    If i had the dough $$$ i could do donuts ! Lol j-

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  10. Jay E.

    For a successful millennial, perhaps it is because for the same price you can get a like new Cadillac DTS luxury performance sedan!

    Like 1
  11. ctmphrs

    That’s why we need to show them the error of their ways.

    Like 2
  12. dweezilaz

    ‘It is imperative that we get more people behind the wheel of an older car if we want the hobby to continue.”

    Not bloody likely given the concern trolls popping out of the woodwork scolding everyone about “The saaaaafety”. And playing the “what if” game.

    But you’re correct, Jeff.

    Driving an old requires the driver’s participation, which has been edited out of modern cars.

    Getting past the fear programming and knee jerk worry will be difficult.

    Like 6
  13. Jack Quantrill

    Friend bought a 65, looked great out of long term storage. When he got it home, it leaked from all orifices! Cost a bundle to replace all seals.

    Like 2
  14. Lee

    That looks like a 68 hood. Gotta wonder why the original is gone, although I imagine somebody could have just been real fond of the blinker repeater lights in the 68 hoods.

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    • Keith

      Turn signal hoods were available in both 1967 and 1968.

      Like 1
  15. Jeff

    Looks like the listing closed out. I wonder what it sold for. That would have been a good father/son project car.

    Like 0

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