Stored For 4 Decades: 1966 Ford Mustang

Never fear, the parts are here!  You might be thinking the same things I was upon initially seeing this 1966 Mustang, that maybe it got into a fender-bender or somebody removed those front-end parts to repair another car.  Fortunately, that’s not the case here, as a very long time ago the seller’s father was just in the beginning stages of taking the Mustang apart for a complete restoration.  Sadly, it didn’t happen, as soon after he began having some health issues and wasn’t able to move forward, and now the car is looking for a new owner to take over.  If you’ve been looking for a sixties Mustang project, this one may be a good candidate for consideration.  The car is located in Joshua, Texas, and can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $4,700, but that’s still not enough yet for the pony to move to a different stable.

When you get into cars with this much age, it’s always good to know how many times they’ve exchanged hands, and the seller says his Mustang is only a two-owner vehicle.  The restoration project didn’t get very far, and all of the front cap parts plus the rear bumper are included in the sale.  The Mustang is stated to be complete, and it has been stored inside since 1982.  The seller mentions some rust on the passenger side trunk vault, but says other than this it’s in good condition, and those are the original 5-lug rally-style wheels still on the car.

Inside, things are original and said to be in good shape for their age, with the elephant in the room being the red panel on the passenger side door.  The story goes that the original owner got angry with the Mustang back in the early 70s because it wouldn’t start, and chose to take out his frustration on the said door by kicking it instead of tending to the battery.  Once the dust settled, it was determined to be less expensive at the time to just replace the door rather than repair it, so this solves the panel mystery, though I’m not quite sure why the effort wasn’t made to salvage the black panel from the old one.  That door is also stated to be the only thing that’s ever been replaced on the car.

The Mustang is another running-when-parked example and is said to have been a daily driver at the time it was put into storage.  It does still have the original 289 under the hood, and the 4-Speed is also the factory part, however, the motor is not currently running.  But the good news is the engine compartment looks mostly complete and in decent order, without a lot of glaring evidence that much has been tampered with in there.  It also comes with a clear title, and overall the car seems like a reasonable prospect to take on as a project.  What are your feelings on this 1966 Ford Mustang?


  1. Mike G.

    FoMoCo referred to these wheels as “styled steel wheels”. Rally wheels are from General Motors.

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  2. Ergodesk

    I bought a 66 GT in 66 for your asking price…

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