Strong V8: 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback

The owner of this 1966 Mustang Fastback performed a restoration a few years ago, but he’s driven and enjoyed it since. It isn’t a show-quality vehicle but a high-end driver with a strong V8 under the hood. It needs nothing but a new owner who will continue to enjoy what the seller created. It is listed here on eBay in Walker, Louisiana. The bidding sits below the reserve at $33,100, although there is a BIN option of $47,500.

The seller treated this Mustang to a total restoration around seven years ago and then enjoyed it as its makers intended. They haven’t abused it, but regular use means its condition could be described as a high-end driver-quality classic. Its Wimbledon White paint shines beautifully, although there may be some minor stone chips and marks, which are a hallmark of a car that has been driven rather than wrapped in cotton wool. The panels are straight, and the gaps are some of the most consistent you’ll see on a First Generation Mustang. The best news with this car could reveal itself when we tackle the ever-present question of rust. That drama costs time and money to address, but the new owner faces no such challenges. The exterior is clean, and the original floor pans are rock-solid. Its cause has been helped by the seller hiding it away in a garage when it isn’t hitting the roads to provide automotive pleasure. The glass is flawless, and the same is true of the trim and chrome. Rounding out the exterior are wheels that look like the larger and wider reproductions of the factory items produced by Legendary Wheels.

The seller describes this Fastback’s Red pony interior as virtually flawless, and that seems a fair assessment. The upholstered surfaces are free from wear, the carpet and headliner are spotless, and there are no issues with the dash or pad. The wood-rimmed wheel and console are classy touches, while the under-dash gauges look right at home. The factory radio occupies its rightful spot in the dash, but an aftermarket unit resides in the glovebox. It might not be loaded with extras like air conditioning, but it looks crisp, clean, and comfortable.

The VIN indicates this Mustang rolled off the production line with a C-Code 289ci V8 under the hood. That would have delivered 200hp, allowing this auto-equipped classic to cover the ¼-mile in 16.7 seconds. It is unclear whether this Fastback retains its original V8 and whether the motor is in C-Code specifications. However, I can spot an upgraded carburetor, cosmetic enhancements, and new power steering hardware. That makes me believe there could be further internal upgrades and that the new owner may have more than 200hp under their right foot. The seller describes the engine as “strong,” reinforcing my beliefs on this subject. Regardless of the truth, the car runs and drives well, needing nothing but a new owner who will enjoy what the seller created.

For some enthusiasts, various factors mean that tackling a project build is not practical. They face the prospect of buying a turnkey classic, and some feel a sense of shame for doing so. That feeling is misplaced because everyone’s circumstances are different, and buying a complete car makes them no less of an enthusiast than someone who transforms a rusting hulk into an object of automotive beauty. For those not in a position to consider a build, this Mustang looks like a gem. Its presentation is hard to fault, and the seller’s updates add practicality and comfort to a desirable vehicle. It has attracted twelve bids at the time of writing, but I believe there will be plenty more before the hammer falls. If you have the money available, would you be tempted to drop a bid or two?

Comments

  1. RGSmith1 Member

    I am glad to see that an individual took on the job of renovation, and then continued to drive it instead of hiding it away.

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    • Kosmo

      Ain’t that the truth!

  2. Dins74 Member

    Agreed RGS well put. Regarding being an enthusiast, these classic cars have to be maintained and parts have to be found. It’s getting harder to find shops with expertise in carb adjustments and distributor timing.

    Plus sharing this beauty with the public on a daily basis makes you an enthusiast.

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    • 370zpp 370zpp Member

      “It’s getting harder to find shops with expertise in carb adjustments and distributor timing.” This statement is insane. Not because it is untrue, but because it is true. Like trying to find a TV and radio repair store.

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  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    Nice car done right. I just checked my glasses and looked again but the left valve cover looks damaged to me. Anyone want to help on this one?

    • Robert Quinn

      Looks like a reflection from the air cleaner edges and underside to me.

  4. 1970 puma

    I believe you are seeing a reflection of the tower bracing on the valve cover….

  5. Fran

    BIN option at 47K? Reasonable for such a nice car. Gone!
    In looking at the sellers other auctions it always cracks me up when I see a finger blocking a license plate.

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  6. JEFF RIGHTMER

    Sold at $43,000. Was advertised as a “1966 MUSTANG FASTBACK V8 AUTOMATIC FAST BACK RESTORED COBRA SHELBY HOT ROD”

  7. Howie

    Yes gone, but has a 69 GTO listed.

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