Original Emberglo: 1966 Ford Mustang

Sorry about the picture quality on this find, but I think you’ll find it worthwhile anyway, especially you pony lovers. We have a relatively original 1966 Mustang coupe in the desirable Emberglo color with parchment interior that needs some refurbishment. It’s located in Howell, Michigan and is listed for sale here on eBay, with bidding just over $3,000 and no reserve to be met.

The seller tells us that apart from a repaint, this car has remained largely unchanged since its November 15, 1965 build date. They also tell us that the driver’s floor pan and some other areas are soft but not rusted through, however the torque boxes, rear spring hangers and trunk floor look good. I can see that there are some issues with the rear quarter on this side, anyway, but the shell looks pretty straight from what we can see. More pictures would be needed before I’d spend much money, but there’s promise here if you’re an optimist.

The seller describes it as a barn find, and we don’t know how long it’s been off the road, although we are told the engine “runs on a bottle.” On the other hand, I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen an unrestored early Mustang that wasn’t dented up back here in the valence and bumperettes. Even without clear pictures those shut lines look great.

The nice thing about early Mustangs is that everything, and I mean everything, is available should you want to restore things. Depending on the smell, I could live with this interior for a while after it was cleaned up, but eventually I’d want to make it look nicer.

This is the standard Ford inline six cylinder, which in 1966 meant the 200 cubic inch version. In this car’s case, it’s attached to the standard three speed manual transmission. As a matter of fact, the only three options on this car are the AM radio, reversing lights and seat belts. Now that’s a plain car! Do you think it’s worth considering for your collection, and if so what would you do with it?



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  1. Joe

    Backup lights and seat belts were standard equipment in 66 Mustangs. The radio is the only option.

  2. redwagon

    ufb. reverse lights were an option? how can that be.

    after spending some time on the chevrolet car configurator i thought chevy was cheap for making you pay for some ‘options’ i thought would be standard equipment. apparently this is (somewhat) common practice.

    i am not a great fan of gen 1 mustangs, historically i appreciate what they are and what they helped usher in but i am not crazy about the styling. but this is just great honest transportation in a wrapper that is somewhat pleasing to the eye.

    hope the next owner has fun with it.

  3. Vince Habel

    Soft floors mean major repairs.

  4. bowtiecarguy

    Used to have this one

  5. JW

    I never was a fan of the Emberglo paint color but to each there own, These are popular with the budget minded car guys because coupes and 6 bangers are everywhere and dirt cheap. This car will need a lot of work but to a cash strapped kid and a dad who can weld would make for a father son / daughter project. I would offer $500 tops.

    • JCW Jr.

      JW thinl that is kinda light on the price, for 500 there are a zillion guys that would buy them in this shape. For that money you could become a flipper and make a good living.

  6. Bruce L.

    Red Wagon, I ordered a red “K” code, 4-speed, rally pac, dual red line tires, with the “optional” reverse lights, Mustang in April of 1964. If you had
    had a chance to drive/ride in this car I guarantee you would be a FAN!

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