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Opportunity Knocks: 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe

I blew off a lot of writing time yesterday reading about Jesse and Josh’s adventures with their Mustang coupe.  What struck me was how much fun they had and that their actions got another old car back on the road.  It didn’t even cost that much, and I’d bet they don’t regret spending that money one bit.  For those of you who are light in the pocket but inspired by the Barn Finds Mustang, take a look at this 1966 Mustang coupe for sale on craigslist out of Smith Station, Georgia.  Located for us by Scott L., this “running when parked” Mustang is selling for the bargain price of $2,500 or best offer.

As per usual in a craigslist ad, this one is short on pictures and words.  What we know is that it is a six-cylinder car with an automatic transmission.  The engine is said to turn freely, and, once again, it was running when the current owner parked it.  Of course, there is no mention as to when that was, but the car hasn’t sunk too far into the ground yet.  The floorboards still look to be above the dirt.  This is always a good thing for a Mustang.  Looking closer, it is hard to find many places where rust has taken a firm foothold.

If the engine turns free, then chances are excellent that a drunken monkey could get this car running.  Ford inline sixes are legendary for their simplicity and reliability.  As for the automatic transmission, sometimes these go bad just sitting.  It may run fine though, but I am sure a rebuild wouldn’t deny your children the privilege of braces.  Of course, a thorough inspection underneath would be in order as well.  Rust can become a real structural problem for Mustangs.  Bring a floor jack and some stands.

At a $2,500 or best offer price, what would it hurt for a reader local to this car to go have a look?  This Mustang could be a pig in a poke, or maybe the start of a lot of road trips and adventures.  The worst thing that could happen would be that a neat car was saved from the junkyard.  What are you waiting for?

Can anyone from the Columbus, Georgia area go look at this one and report back?


  1. Mike B

    So is “opportunity knocks” speculative of engine function?

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  2. Djs

    I think its been sitting in the dirt,mud so chech the underside on a lift as well as I think its a 6cyl if it has an engin at all need many more pics before I go to Ga on this one

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    • Rednecker

      I believe Smith Station is Alabama, just across the Chattahoochee River that separates Georgia & Alabama

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  3. Matt Trummer

    My first Mustang was a 1973 with a 302, killed it moved on to a 1966 GT Fastback, this one had a 289 with solid lifters and cranked out 271 horsepower. A very special GT. This 6 Banger is nothing special

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  4. Wrong Way

    Great price, if it’s in good condition it’s a steal!

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  5. StanT

    This is a 1 Millionth Mustang edition. My brother had a red one like this. Six cylinder, auto trans, wire wheel covers and white pinstripe around the cove.

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  6. Rob Judkins

    I saw this car on CL-Columbus, GA and bought it sight unseen and had it shipped to Austin TX. It was a great price even with the cost of shipping. This Mustang would have been priced at $6k here in Austin. I’ve already started the restoration. I’m going to restore it to stock/original. I fell in love with the dark blue and white pin stripe but found that it was also painted bright green metallic but plan to take it back to it’s original Ford Paint code “R” which is the dark green metallic. The car has already been media blasted down to the metal and primed. The floor pans are surprisingly in good shape but the trunk floor needs to be replaced along with a new gas tank. Motor “looks” good except a squirrel used the radiator to store Pecan Nuts, but it will be coming out next for a rebuild.

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