Real Deal? 1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

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I have no issue with clone or tribute cars when they appear on the market, provided the seller doesn’t represent the vehicle as something it isn’t. The owner of this 1966 Mustang Fastback initially identifies it as a GT but is candid enough to present inconsistencies leading them to question its authenticity. It needs work, but with even the most basic First Generation Mustangs enjoying ongoing popularity, it could be worth the effort. The Fastback is listed here on eBay in Defuniak Springs, Florida. Bidding has raced beyond the reserve to $15,000.

This Mustang shows promise, but potential buyers will probably choose to dig deeper to uncover its true story. The Candy Apple Red paint gracing its panels isn’t original, with the Data Plate confirming its original owner ordered the Fastback in attractive Emberglow. That may be only the first of many changes because while it appears to be a GT, delving below the surface when we reach the subject of its drivetrain virtually guarantees it is a clone. It wears the correct cosmetic enhancements, like the grille, badges, and stripes. Those items remain serviceable if the buyer is happy to drive a tribute vehicle. The seller indicates there are rust issues but is vague about their location beyond these spots around the back window. The remaining prone exterior areas, like the lower quarter panels and rockers, seem sound. There are no underside shots, but the low-quality trunk shot appears to confirm the pan is solid. The trim and glass look good, with the seller including some additional trim and badges in the sale.

Examining the VIN reveals why the seller questions this car’s GT credentials. The Data Plate shows it rolled off the line with a C-Code 289ci V8 under the hood, which was not an option in the GT. Buyers could order the ’66 GT with the A-Code or firebreathing K-Code, with both offering improved performance over the more humble C-Code. The seller raises the possibility that the door may have been replaced, meaning the Plate may not be original to this car. However, if they feel this is possible, I’m surprised they haven’t checked the VIN in other locations as confirmation. The car originally featured a three-speed manual transmission, but a four-speed unit now occupies that spot. It is unclear whether the engine is numbers-matching, although the vehicle isn’t roadworthy. The fuel tank isn’t connected, and other work may be required to reach that state. But it is essentially complete. The seller includes an original four-barrel carburetor, and if you are like me, you always welcome any genuine parts.

The Mustang’s interior harbors positive news for buyers working to a budget. It looks pretty dirty, but its appearance would improve enormously following a deep clean. The upholstered surfaces, carpet, and headliner show no evidence of wear or physical damage. The dash pad is warped beyond salvation, but with replacements retailing for under $200, it doesn’t represent a significant investment. There are aftermarket additions like the wheel, console, and stereo, but the new owner could reverse the changes with little effort. If I needed to identify the most affordable aspect of this build, the interior would win that medal.

While I would love to believe this 1966 Mustang Fastback is a genuine GT, the indications are that it is a clone. If the C-Code V8 is original, that removes any potential doubts. That hasn’t been enough to deter potential buyers, with this classic attracting eighteen bids in under two days. Plenty of time remains on the listing, meaning you have time to discuss it with the other members of your household before joining the action. If you did, would you continue the GT theme or have other plans?

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Comments

  1. Howie

    Fuzzy dice? Count me in!!

    Like 10
  2. FrankDMember

    Coyote with a Tremec, enough said!

    Like 6
  3. Shuttle Guy Shuttle GuyMember

    It needs to be torn down anyway and it’s a clone so why not make it a “Hertz” clone?

    Like 5
  4. Alan Zeutzius

    I had a real ‘66 GT notchback, had 4 piston disk brakes up front. That’s one feature I never see in tribute cars.

    Like 2
  5. Andrew M Franz

    It Dose Not Have The GT Bage On The Front Fender.

    Like 0
  6. Richard Haner

    Unfortunately by the time you fix all the rust do the body work and paint and re-do the interior,carpeting,headliner, not to mention brakes, fuel system, rubber etc and then we don’t know about the health of motor, trans,and clutch …You might as well by a nice one, that does not come from a salt climate…The owner states that he does metal work and “has an idea” what it will take and he is selling it….That ought to tell you something…

    Like 2
  7. bone

    Doubtful ANYONE ordered a ’66 Mustang , Ford couldn’t build them fast enough – I’m sure it was an off the lot purchase

    Like 0

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