Original A-Code: 1966 Ford Mustang GT

UPDATE 1/4/2021 – It looked like this Mustang GT had sold for $26,500, but it has been relisted. This time it has a BIN of $26,500 and can be found here on eBay.

FROM 11/23/2020 – Looks can be so deceptive. At first glance, the dust layer and the flat tires don’t paint an encouraging picture of this 1966 Mustang GT. However, the news all appears to be quite positive. What you are looking at is a rust-free classic that is said to run well. The buyer might choose to treat the car to some restoration work or hit the road in an original survivor. The Mustang is located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. The BIN for the classic Ford has been set at $26,500, although the option is there to make an offer.

The Sauterne Gold Mustang certainly looks a lot better now that it has been brought out into the light of day. There is no doubt that it would benefit from some restoration work, but it is a car that shows a lot of promise. The paint is looking tired, and the vinyl top is showing its age. I initially thought that the vinyl might be able to be restored, but I have noticed a couple of small holes in it. I would replace it before moisture can find its way beneath and wreak havoc. The great news with this car is that it is said to be completely rust-free. I can’t see any evidence of any problems in any of the usual trouble spots. With no shots of the underside, we’ll have to take the owner on his word that all is well beneath the surface. All of the trim and chrome is present, and the tinted glass seems to be in good condition.

Under the hood, we find a 225hp A-Code 289ci V8, a 3-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and front disc brakes. This combination makes the Mustang a spritely performer, with the ¼ mile being despatched in around 15.8 seconds. The Mustang is a numbers-matching car and is said to run very well. It isn’t clear whether it is actually roadworthy, but it will hopefully be easy to get it to that point even if it isn’t. What can be seen of the engine bay is quite encouraging. It isn’t perfect, but it is tidy for a survivor of this age.

The interior of the GT is trimmed in a combination of Ivy Gold and White. Once again, this is an aspect of the Mustang that presents well for a car of this age. While there are no significant problems in evidence, there are a couple of minor trim issues to address. I don’t think that there is anything there that would demand immediate replacement. The dash and pad look spotless, and the upholstered surfaces seem to be free from tears or problems. The lower sections of the doors look a bit tired, but I suspect that a good clean might fix this problem. The carpet might be slightly faded, but it is hard to be sure. As well as the luxury trim, the Mustang features air conditioning and a center console.

This 1966 Mustang GT would suit the sort of person who is hunting for an original survivor that they can enjoy immediately, or a person who is hunting for a project car that would represent a straightforward restoration. It seems that returning it to its former glory would not be difficult, and it would then be an eye-catching classic. It isn’t a cheap project, but at least it appears that the buyer isn’t going to be faced with handing over thousands of dollars to have rust issues repaired. That has to make it a Mustang that is worth a serious look.

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Comments

  1. Big_Fun Member

    I like this, it has a lot going for it. Right options, etc.
    I think this is the first time I have seen a ’66 with door speakers. They look factory, and I spy an AM 8 track in the dash.
    With a careful, professional (and careful) detail on the paint, this *might* hold off the paint booth for some time.
    I am asking the experts their option of this paint. I believe GM used lacquer, FoMoCo used enamel in ’66?

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    • Phil o Jamieson

      I also see an AC evaporator but no compressor or lines?

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  2. Joe Haska

    If I was looking for a Mustang, this is exactly what I would want. It is in the kind of condition as stated ,you could make it into what ever you would like. A great opportunity to get a very nice car, the price, I am not certain about,seems a little high, but it always does when its worth having.

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  3. gaspumpchas

    no pics of the underside of a Rustang? for 26 large looker over good. Check that vinyl top good to see if there are any carbuncles under the tired vinyl. Presents nicely in thge pics. Buyer beware. Stay safe and good luck!

    Cheers
    GPC

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  4. 370zpp

    Imagine what this one looked like, new. Very nice car then.
    Lots of potential now.

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    • Stan Marks

      Think about this…. Every new car looked good. The problem is, driving it out of the dealership. It all goes downhill, from there. LOL!

      Here’s something to ponder. Get this car detailed, before putting it up for sale. It would make a world of difference. And don’t forget the tires.
      As I’ve said, for years, presentation is everything, when it come to selling a vehicle. Instead, you’ve got dusty/dirty old rides, with flat tires, begging to be taken home.

      Apparently, the first buyer had a change of heart. I would love to find out why.

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  5. art

    Of note, the A/C compressor has disappeared and the engine color is off, suggesting the V8 has been out of the car, rebuilt? and thus repainted. Getting a correct Ford Compressor and brackets can be pricey. If the engine was swapped, then add the need for A/C pulleys, also very pricey as they are getting hard to find. Hopefully, no one tossed or damaged the original hoses.

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  6. MarveH

    Pretty cool. The auto box is a show stopper, and the price is a little north of reality, but other than those two things this is what we all hope to find.
    There is great value in having all the interior and exterior trim. Even if it’s beyond saving it is still a pattern to work from.

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  7. Mountainwoodie

    When the hot stewardess down the street bought a new car, this might have been it. Now the years have passed and this boulevardier is supposed to bring 26 large. Really? A slushbox? Lots of checked option boxes but and? Different strokes for different folks.

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  8. Bob Mck Member

    It is nice, but I would delete the vinyl top. They always hide rust. Plus I don’t like the look of them. Then clean up the rest and drive her. I would hate to start at that price. The owner said he has owned it for one year. Hopefully he makes a huge profit.

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  9. Jackie Hollingsworth

    1965 -68 Mustangs really don’t do much for me….. especially one in this color.It is also way overpriced.Good luck to the seller getting the price they want.

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  10. BobH Member

    I’m still living in the past. My family has had several 64-66 Mustangs, and I built a couple for my daughters (way back when). One of the last ones that I can remember was a 66 convertible, given to me (as in free). I took the engine out of it to put in a Jeep. A friend of mine, also into Mustangs, stripped a bunch of stuff off of it. I can’t remember what I did with the carcass, but I think I threw it away. It wasn’t even wrecked, and had zero rust. (Go ahead, kick me.) So… In the case of this one, I’m choking on the price. I’m also with the poster that doesn’t like the vinyl top… They always hide rust.

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  11. EMC66

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you’re a Mustang fan like me you get that this is truly a find. An original 66 GT with Pony Interior that has not be molested is hard to come by. Those knocking the price, it is a bit stiff since it’s a coupe but I am guessing there’s a bottom, but the market for a vehicle like this is strong. As long as the underside is as good as the rest they should get near $20k. If I was in the market I would be all over this Stang!

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  12. Matt Trummer

    I’m really confused of an A code vs a K code. My 66GT Fastback had the K code which was a 289 HiPo with solid lifters that produced 270 HP. The interior was Pony, door panels and seats had the horses, did not notice the door panel on this one had horses. Had no idea a GT would have had a lessor V8 back then.

  13. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Nice car but I think a little on the high side without those under car pictures. It’s going to need some money but it’s a good start on a GT for around 10 grand.

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  14. misterlou Member

    This or the Citroen SM?

  15. John S

    Interesting car with the appearance of a lot of integrity remaining. So many cars of this age are totally used and abused. It would be interesting to see it in person to better assess the paint. Looks like passenger door paint is dinged up along upper body line? Also, I think the brake pedal shows “power brake” but no underhood booster observed?

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  16. JoeNYWF64

    Odd i don’t remember seeing these early stangs with smaller hubcaps instead of full wheel covers. Were they even offered?

  17. rextreme Member

    Overpriced, even if a true GT.

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  18. Russ Ashley

    You answered a question that no one asked. If you had stopped after the first paragraph and left your politics out I would have agreed with you.

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  19. Erik

    Well said Patrick! It is nice to know others know not only economic history of the U.S. but also acknowledges what others seem to fail to recognize as far as the true causes of the wage gap and job loss due to greedy owners of companies who would rather make more money by manufacturing overseas than employ Americans who once did the jobs here in the U.S. There was a time not that long ago when Americans, many were GI’s that survived WW II, started and owned businesses and as such for being “entrepreneurial” they were rewarded by making a little more than the average American earned that was working for that business. Some business owneres simply enjoyed living in a slightly nicer home or driving a slightly nicer car than the workers while some business owners made additional money investing their money in stocks and bonds. But the business owners still employed fellow Americans and gave the workers a good wage plus benefits and heck even had Christmas parties and summer picnics for their workers. In the end, both business owners and workers had a “good life” while building our nation’s economy and prosperity for themselves, the greatest generation, and the next generation, the baby boomers, in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Then the econmoic downturn of the 1970’s occurred followed by the “greed” of the 1980’s which both came along at the same time the business owners retired and “cashed out” leading to corporate buyouts which resulted in corporate boards which sat there and made decisions that led to more money in their pockets and the same for their CEO’s while workers wages stagnated and eventually employment cutbacks were made and even shipped overseas, all in the name of “cost savings” which is more like “increased dividends” for the corporate boards, CEO’s, and stock and stake holders. While all this was going on, the era of affordable college tuition still existing in the 1980’s and 1990s led younger people to college rather than do the jobs their parents did which often were no longer available to either the parents or the younger generations. But then come the 2000’s, wages stagnated for all, jobs were gone or harder to come by for blue-collar workers, white collar jobs became more “cut throat” and involved “job hopping”, and college tuition skyrocketed. Usher in the era over the past two decades of “service sector” jobs at lower wages coupled with “easy credit” and low-interest rates to fulfill a consumer-driven mentality among Americans leading to massive consumer debt to make up for the “gap” between wages and consumer habits. But for the wealthy “1%”, they increased their wealth and income gap from the other “99%”. This “1% vs 99%”, “easy credit” and “low-interest rates” has affected our classic car hobby the past decade or so as evidenced by the prices of not only classic cars but also costs for the parts and size of the companies providing parts and “services” and how much more they now charge for them. Add to that the growth in “petroliana” and “dream garages/mancaves”. And then a pandemic occurred and so here we are in 2021 with arguments over “stimulus checks” some of which “fed” the rise of prices in our hobby last year and will likely do the same again this year. But the “house of cards” for our hobby (and even our economy as well) will fall at some point as history tells us. And so we all have to decide which side we want to be on, either be with the falling cards and lose it all or be waiting to pick up the cards on the floor at rock bottom to start again as every one as equals. As for me, I have made my choice…I will wait for the cards to fall and then my modest pittance of savings will buy me a lot more than it will right now.

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    • Pugsy

      You and Patrick should get a room…………..

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  20. Daniel Gavin

    The rules for posting here clearly states…NO POLITICS. I come to this site to get away for all the crap in the world and indulge in “car stuff”……so give me (and everyone else) a break and keep your political views to yourself.
    Thank you!!!!

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    • George

      i agree with you I hope to not find politics inside of an old barn.

    • fran

      I have look through every comment and cannot find any politics? What was said? Where?

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      • Stan Marks

        Me 3, George & Fran…. WTF?????

  21. fran

    Yup FLEE-bay, an overpriced car followed up with a non-payer….re-listville with a out of touch BIN. I miss the ebay of 1999 when I sold stuff and the market determined what stuff was worth….

    Can’t even blow up the tires and present it at its best, or worst??? Yeah a real buyer bid it up to 26K and never saw the underside???

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  22. Daniel Gavin

    To Fran……….the comments / posting has been removed. First time I’ve seen that happen.

    Like 1

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