Meticulous Restoration: 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

Update 12/5/2018 – This Mustang has been relisted here on eBay and the seller has decided to lower their reserve, so it will be interesting to see how much it ends up going for!

From 11/20/2018 – Here at Barn Finds, we have certainly seen our share of Mustang project cars. These cars have ranged from cars that have only required light restoration, through to cars that are ready to consume thousands of hours, and many more thousands of dollars, to bring them back from the brink. This 1967 Mustang is a little bit different. While it might not look at its best in this photo, this is a Mustang that is ready for the next owner to climb into, and just enjoy the vintage Mustang experience. You will find the Mustang listed for sale here on eBay. It is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and is being offered for sale with a clear title. At the time of writing, spirited bidding for the Mustang has reached $46,100, but the reserve has not been met.

As you can now see, the bidding on this Mustang has been spirited for a very good reason. The Mustang has undergone a meticulous restoration. I won’t use the word perfect, but I don’t think that it’s far off it. The Mustang underwent a full restoration in 2017, and the current owner is only the car’s second owner. In spite of the fact that the car had been driven hard and fast by the original owner, the body was in surprisingly good shape. The floors were replaced as they had some tiny pinholes in them, but apart from the driver’s side front fender, the rest of the car is the original steel (and the owner will include that original fender if the buyer wants it). The car now looks fantastic finished in its original Brittany Blue paint, and the original steel wheels that are fitted to the car set it off nicely. The car was restored by Desert Classic Mustangs, who seem to have done a superb job on the car.

The underside of the Mustang is just as clean and tidy as the outside of the car. As the owner stated, apart from replacing the floors, all of the metal under the car is original and solid. The owner originally intended to undertake a partial restoration, and then fit a more modern engine and transmission, but eventually decided to restore it as close to original as possible. He also states that the only thing preventing this car from being considered as a concourse example are small details like the fully painted driveshaft and controls arms, which should be bare metal, along with a couple of stickers and grease pen marks. The owner considered making the car concourse but chose to place vehicle longevity ahead of that. The new owner could certainly finish that process if they were to so choose.

The interior of the Mustang also presents incredibly well. Everything has been refurbished, reconditioned, or replaced. The result is an interior that looks virtually identical to how the car would have looked the day that it rolled out of the showroom. Most of the replacement parts for the Mustang were sourced from Scott Drake, and the quality is first-rate.

Under the hood is just as immaculate as the rest of the car. The Mustang rolled off the line with a 390-4V engine and 4-speed manual transmission. The first owner blew the original engine back in the 1970s. The current engine block isn’t original, but it has the correct date code, as does the carburetor and air cleaner. As with the rest of the car, everything has been rebuilt to bring the car back to as close as original as is humanly possible. The owner states that the Mustang drives like a new car.

One of the things that I like about this Mustang is the fact that the owner doesn’t say that it is an ultra-low mileage example that has been pampered all of its life. He lists the mileage as 150,000 miles and is open about the fact that the original owner drove the car hard and fast. He is also open about the fact that on top of the original purchase price (which he doesn’t disclose), he has spent $125,000 to restore the Mustang to its current state, and he has all of the receipts to prove it. It is a car that I’m pretty sure that most Mustang aficionados would love to park in their garage. What do you think that it will finally sell for?

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Comments

  1. Jeff

    I’d never be able to commit to a concours-quality restoration (regardless of thinking they’re a ridiculous waste of time) on any FoMoCo from 1967, because there’s no way I could live with that steering wheel center. It was one of the first things that had to go on my ’67 Caliente.

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    • JoeNYWF64

      I could only imagine your reaction to the padded steering wheel used on the ’68 mustang, with the horn ring – used even on ’68 Shelby Mustangs!
      Or grandma’s standard steerin wheel on the Superbird, of all cars, & related Chargers, etc. ’68-’70

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  2. redwagon

    my guess is that the reserve is set to cover cost of restoration and it doesn’t sell. hope current owner enjoys it!

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    • Steve R

      A dealer is selling it. It’s not clear if they are selling it for for the second owner or if they bought it. The asking price or reserve will incorporate their profit either way, I’d be surprised if it’s less than 25% of the sale price.

      Steve R

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  3. flmikey

    I level headed person would not try to get Shelby money for this beautiful example, but we car people are not known for being level headed…I am guessing it will go for close to 100K…

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    • Classic Steel

      That’s Shelby money 💰 and cra cra but your right….
      The probLem is if you pay 80-100
      and most wont drive it ..fearing true
      depreciation with it … I have a 67 convertible and it has some shelby mods to 289 engine
      Fiber shelb trunk , shelby tail lights etc. I did all except paint 🎨 but I drive it all over the place and it’s got a few rock chips here and there but I have under 15k Invested and don’t mind putting the miles on it cruising and taking trips from 50-80 mph👀✅

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  4. XMA0891

    Maybe it is just me, but I find it a little frightening how much it takes to restore a car that was, based on the text, in “decent” shape to start with. Don’t get me wrong; the car is gorgeous, but $125K for a ’67 fastback? Why? How much more could it possibly cost to restore something like this? https://barnfinds.com/superbird-1970-plymouth-road-runner/
    I have got to find a new hobby.

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  5. DJS

    The price seems high for a 67 if it sells I have a 65 convertible in great shape I guess I should try to sell mine I’m the third owner and mine has all number matching

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  6. Tempo Ray

    Fastback muscle! Having owned various vehicles ranging from exotics through muscle, and even including odd-balls, this muscle-laden fastback was meant to be driven. The idea to park it away for someone else to enjoy…well it seems down right wrong. Anyone who has ever enjoyed piloting vintage speed knows what I’m talking about…

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  7. Jimmy

    Ridiculous money, I sold our 70 Mach1 last June for 35K and it was beautiful but modified for long haul trips to car shows. Anyone paying this sellers reserve will never drive this car.

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  8. Miguel

    When yo mention in the write up that the second owner is selling it, that would lead you to believe that the car was taken care of by the first owner.

    When the car needed to be restored, why does it matter, or how does it raise the value of the car, how many owners it has had?

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    • fjcappy Member

      It has had 2 owners. The second owner has it now. I am representing him. Both owners will be available to a buyer to talk about the car, and its history. the restoration shop is also available to talk about the car and the work that went into it.

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    • Adam Clarke Adam Clarke Staff

      Miguel, I get where you’re coming from on the two-owner point. In my life, I have seen plenty of one-owner cars that I would not have touched with a 10-foot pole, while I have also seen cars that have had multiple owners, and have been treated with complete respect.

      I guess that the point that I was trying to make was the fact that the first owner gave the car a pretty hard time, but the car survived the treatment remarkably well, and the car still retains the vast majority of its original metal in spite of that treatment. Thank you for the feedback though. I do appreciate it.

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  9. Miguel

    Vintage Air would have been nice since the car is in Arizona.

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    • TriPowerVette

      @Miguel – As usual, you are spot on. However; since it was a full repop, why not make it a complete factory A/C changeover?

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  10. Len

    I am currently having my 67 Mustang GT FB restored in San Diego. 289 4bbl with a 4 speed, all stock. I’ll post pics when done.

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  11. Mark

    The price to be paid will come when we owners in this hobby get the cold slap in the face from the younger generation who will turn their collective backs on most of what we own…..that is until we get our heads out of the clouds about these asking prices.
    Simple economics…..on the surface.
    We tend to (myself included) look at the past thru rose colored glasses thinking “the high performance muscle” we grew up with still holds true. Fact is folks that even most high school kids are driving used cars that can out perform and handle these 125k rides. Nice Mustang and I hope that the seller gets his price but I doubt it will come from anyone under 40.

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    • Tim conn

      No it will never come from anyone under 40 or maybe 50 they never lived to see these cars new or grew up in the muscle car era but if i had a chioce between benig young an missing the 60s an 70s era of Rock n roll muscle cars motorcycles put gray hair on my head these young punks will never know what they missed!!!!!!!

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  12. Len

    My car will be passed down to our son who is a mechanic. He knows this car cold. His son will probably get the car after him.

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  13. Karguy James

    LOVE the deluxe 1967 interior with the brushed aluminum panels.

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  14. stillrunners

    What Keith said……

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  15. Troy s

    I like the owners original idea of a different engine and a five speed, sounds like a fun driver…

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  16. Mike

    They did a great job, on the resto…I would love to have this. Not for $125k+ . One could be in a Shelby for that…

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    • Tom Member

      Well said Mike….oh but it might get big money being a GT and all….oh wait a minute….not a GT. Thank God it has a 4 speed.

      He should have done a Bullitt Clone for the time and money…..Obviously a love for this specific car to be willing to put in way too much money and take a loss….probably a big loss…..not sure you could every explain logic into that one. Huummmmm put a ton of time and money into car, do a pretty great job on it and then sell it…….sell it for a loss…..?

      So much money in it that you (well me anyway) would not want to drive it for fear of road rash or damage. This in my opinion is going to to be a hard one to sell….>BUT there a lot of people out there with a lot of money and buy shiny objects. More money than brains. Heck, if $150K is pocket change you will never miss…and you are about 70 years old & wanted one ever since you got your drivers license……buy it and daily drive it !

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  17. fjcappy Member

    I am not looking for $125,000 for the Mustang. The owner knows he is not going to recover what he has into the car, and restoration. We have been taking offers through the auction. None have quite hit yet, but getting close.

  18. Adam Clarke Adam Clarke Staff

    I hope that the owner goes somewhere close to it though. It is a beautiful restoration, and it was an honor to write about the car.

  19. Bob_in_TN Member

    Beautiful car. I will not comment on the asking price. But it does illustrate that a high quality restoration is not cheap, even for a car where repro parts are readily available.

    I am a judge at Mustang Club of America events…. Fox Bodies, specifically. I hope the new owner brings it to a show and gives the other participants, and the general public, a chance to look at it. Also it gives my judging peers the opportunity and privilege (it is indeed a privilege) to look over the car and suggest improvements.

    Nice write-up Adam.

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    • Adam Clarke Adam Clarke Staff

      Thanks so much for that Bob. It’s always a pleasure to write up a car that has undergone such a painstaking restoration.

  20. Tom Justice

    The listing is gone from E-Bay and the last price listed was 46,500 so what do you think happened?

    • fjcappy Member

      It is back up now

  21. ctmphrs Member

    It’s still listed on ebay. Just click on the first ebay from 12/5

  22. Tom Justice

    It has a new listing at 36,000 this time.

  23. sluggo

    All that money and its got craptastic Bias ply tires.. Zoom in and look close, Mommy side fronts got busted cords and distorted. Fine for a trailer queen but I would be terrified to go over parking lot speeds in it until it got new rubber. If originality and correctness is a goal, there ARE quality replicas being made, But personally Id go with modern tires and a spare set of rims and save these tires for the car shows rolling on & off the trailer. I restore old motorcycles and same issue.

    • fjcappy Member

      Is this the great Sluggo from bringatrailer.com fame? If so I am honored. I went out and looked, and did not see the issue with the tire. We drove it hard and it drove like it did when it was new. I guess that is to say it would drive better with radials.

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