Parked For 41 Years: 1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Below that faded custom paint hides a 1966 Mustang GT Fastback that is in remarkable condition. It has been in storage for 41-years, but it seems to be none the worse for the experience. The next owner could choose to treat the GT to some form of restoration work, but there doesn’t seem to be any reason why it couldn’t be driven and enjoyed immediately The Mustang is located in Roanoke, Texas, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. With bidding now sitting at $27,500, the reserve has not been met at this point.

It isn’t clear when or why the custom paint job was applied to the Mustang, but hiding below it is the original shade of Silver Blue. The paint now looks pretty tired, but even in its current state, it still looks kinda nice. What about rust? Well, that doesn’t appear to be a major problem. The owner supplies plenty of photos of all aspects of the GT, and apart from a small 2″ square hole in the floor near the toe-board on the passenger side, it is all original and it is all solid. If I was a betting man, I would suspect that the heater core has leaked at some point and that this might be the cause of the only rust to be found underneath the car. The frame rails, drop-offs, torque boxes, and the inner rockers, are all original and are also close to perfect. Similarly, the lower quarter panels, rockers, and all of those other exterior spots that can tend to crumble, all look pretty good. The car rolls on Argent steel wheels, and if these are original, then they are in remarkable condition. The rest of the trim and chrome appears to be very nice, while the glass is close to perfect.

Taking a peek inside the engine bay reveals an A-Code 289ci V8, producing 225hp. I believe that the entire drivetrain is original, and in this case, we also get a 3-speed manual transmission, power steering, and power front disc brakes. Just because the Mustang has spent the past 41-years in storage, don’t think that for one minute that it has been sitting around completely unloved. The vehicle has been properly maintained for the entire time and is now roadworthy and ready to enjoy. It runs and drives very nicely, and the 289 sounds as sweet as a nut.

While the paint on the outside might not be original, the upholstery on the inside is the same stuff that was fitted to the Mustang when it rolled off the production line 54-years-ago. The exception is the carpet on the back of the rear seat, which has been replaced at some point. There is also a set of aftermarket gauges hanging under the dash, but that’s it as far as deviations are concerned. The dash and pad appear to be perfect, and even the original radio is said to function properly. Of course, after 54-years there are bound to be some faults. There is a small tear on the side of the driver’s seat, while the passenger seat has a substantial seam separation. There is also a split seam in the headliner, but the rest of the interior trim is quite presentable. The next oner might want to address these problems, but given the fact that the interior is actually quite serviceable, they might also choose to leave it largely untouched.

Finding an original Mustang that is in this sort of condition after decades in storage is pretty special. The photos really don’t do it justice, but this YouTube video not only provides a detailed walkaround but also gives us the chance to hear the Mustang running and driving. It sounds really strong, with no weird noises, squeaks, or rattles. The big question really is whether to restore it or leave it in the same state that it was in when it was pulled from storage. What would you do?

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Comments

  1. Winfield S Wilson

    I think it would look awesome with a dark blue exterior. My father bought a Mustang coupe new, in 1966, and it was our (only) family car for over 4 years. Candy apple red, black interior, 6 cylinder and three on the floor. Neat little car, but not much room for growing kids in that back seat.

    Like 2
  2. Jon

    hmmm, if it was a true GT then it should have a Pony interior should it not? All the other equipment looks true to an A code ’66, but other than the woodgrain steering wheel, it shows all the components of a standard ’66.

    Like 4
    • tiger66

      “Pony” interior was not part of the GT package. You can have a GT with a standard interior.

      Like 10
  3. DanaPointJohn

    Nice Mustang. Perfect project for someone. In 1969, I had a 1966 Mustang GT in yellow with a black top. Such a fun car, and yes, I wished I still had it. Grrrr!

    Like 2
  4. Uncle Ed

    Nice car. I remember when these started going for $10,000 in this condition and I thought that was nuts. Should have bought ten of them.

    Like 3
  5. Raymond Smith

    Really a cool, solid car. This is a low option GT. Nothing at all wrong with that. Actually makes it somewhat unique. Take time to watch the video. Super solid.
    Depending on what this sells for, this is the one to have.

    Like 1
  6. Joe Haska

    I seem to be missing something, it is definitley a beautiful car ,or will be, but will it demand that kind of money. The Mustang market has always, been confusing to me, and it still is.

    Like 2
  7. Jonathan

    I think Michael at MyRod.com in Texas has it for sale for : $30,000

    Like 1
  8. mainlymuscle

    30k is a reasonable ask,anything less than 25 will not get you much in the way of a Mustang fastback.Coupes bring about half .I “rotate or revolve” my muscle car collection,so am fluent in all brands.There are 2 American cars which have a tremendous following ,and therefore a massive market of READY buyers ;
    C2 Corvettes,and Fastback 65-68 Mustangs.And thus,so many here at BF can not wrap their heads around the prices.Economics 101 supply and demand.

    Like 6
  9. joe

    My Mom had one of those with 3 spd. manual floorshift. Dark green. I asked her to let me buy it when she got ready to replace. She forgot…….

    Like 2
  10. David Fowler

    Someone probably tossed the original air cleaner. At least the snorkel is for a convertible. The angle on the corner cleared the extra brace tube on a convertible. I see people talking about the price. In the 1970’s you could get K code fastbacks here for $1,000. I painted a 65 fastback T-5 for a good friend 289 C code all original and he paid $800 for it. He had a 66 K fastback that he offered to me for $1,000 and now X wife said I didn’t need another car. People today do not realize how cheap they were a new on was about a $40.00 a month payment. So anyone with a job could afford one. I did manage to get 15 mustangs so great some not so.

    Like 2
  11. Chuck

    THe stupid things we do when we were young. I bought a sweet 65 fastback off the original owner for 800 back in 76. Sold it when I needed to pay rent a few months later.

    Like 1
  12. Jasper

    It looks like crap,make it look new again. Do you want to put a sign on the side of the car that says,barn find.Who would go out and buy a new car and make it look like a Barn find

  13. TimM

    I see this car with a Tremec five speed a coyote motor and 9 inch rear!!!

    • Chris in Pineville

      go buy one with a missing drive train if that’s your desire.
      leave this one as built…….

      Like 1
  14. Frank

    Is there a reason why you only go up to 68? I have a 70 fastback. Just curious on what the value of my car could be. I just got it running again. Has some rust. Body is straight almost all original. Interior in good shape except for dashboard crack by speaker as I hear is common. Can you give a price range. Thank you.

  15. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.

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