Tidy GT Tribute: 1966 Ford Mustang

Disclosure: This site may receive compensation from some link clicks and purchases.

The GT remains one of the most desirable versions of the 1966 Mustang range, and tidy examples typically command impressive prices. However, therein lies the rub because climbing values are pushing these classics beyond the financial means of many enthusiasts. This ’66 Mustang is a well-executed GT Tribute with no apparent needs. It is ideal for someone seeking a classic they can enjoy immediately, and I must say a big thank you to eagle-eyed Barn Finder Mitchell G. for spotting this gem. The Mustang is listed here on Craigslist in Montrose, New York. All you need to do is hand the seller $21,000, and you could drive into the sunset behind the wheel of this classic.

The GT Equipment Group emerged as the high-performance variant of the Mustang range in 1965. It remained an integral part of the lineup until 1969. However, the Mach 1 stole so many GT sales that Ford quietly discontinued the badge at that year’s end. Our feature car isn’t a genuine GT, but careful inspection reveals someone created a tribute with an eye for details. Its exterior wears Vintage Burgundy paint, with the iconic White rocker stripes and distinctive grille and foglights. First impressions are positive, which is heightened by underside shots confirming this classic is rust-free. The paint retains an impressive depth of color and shine, and if there are chips or marks, they are too insignificant to show in the supplied photos. The seller doesn’t mention a history of repaint or restoration. However, the laser-straight panels and consistent gaps suggest the car may have received work. The trim is in excellent condition, and the glass is clear. The factory chrome wheels add the perfect final touch to the exterior.

If this Mustang’s exterior makes a positive impression, its interior continues that theme. It features Black vinyl trim, a console, a sports wheel, Rally-Pac gauges, and an AM radio. Close inspection of the supplied photos reveals minor pimples on some plated pieces, but there is no evidence of wear or physical damage on the upholstered surfaces. The dash and pad are excellent, and even the faux chrome trim around the gauges is free from the typical wear. The identified flaws mean the interior isn’t perfect, but its presentation is comfortably acceptable for a driver-grade classic.

The VIN confirms the original owner ordered this Mustang with the A-Code 289ci V8 under the hood. It would have sent 225hp and 305 ft/lbs of torque to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission. The car features front disc brakes, but there is no power assistance for those or the steering. The A-Code was the entry-level powerplant for the GT, with those wanting more able to splash the extra cash on the more potent K-Code. The seller states this Mustang’s transmission is original, but not whether the engine is numbers-matching. It may deliver more than the original 225hp, inhaling through a Holley carburetor and an Edelbrock aluminum intake. The spent gases exit via headers and a dual exhaust, but it is unclear whether there are internal upgrades to that sweet V8. The seller recently treated the car to a service and tune-up, confirming the Mustang runs and drives well. It is a turnkey proposition where the new owner could fly in and drive it home.

If this 1966 Mustang were a genuine, numbers-matching GT, its condition would justify a price north of $30,000. Values are climbing, and they are at the point where they will soon be beyond the reach of the average enthusiast. This car isn’t a genuine GT, but it is an affordable alternative featuring all that badge’s iconic hallmarks. It has only been on the market for a few days, and I won’t be surprised if it finds a new home fairly quickly. Are you tempted to make it yours?

Auctions Ending Soon


  1. Bub

    For the price..? Compared to the typical offerings…? What am I missing?

    Like 1
  2. Mark F.

    The front seats are not from a 66. The upholstery is 1967 style.

    Like 1
    • stillrunners stillrunnersMember

      Better seats….win win….

      Like 0
      • Mark F.

        Wouldn’t say better, or worse. They are basically the same comfort wise, just a different style insert. Also the woodgrain steering wheel is an option that could be ordered separately, but it wasn’t part of the GT package, it was part of the “pony interior” package.

        Like 2
  3. stillrunners stillrunnersMember

    Looks like a steal or a scam…..

    Like 0
  4. Mark F.

    The AM 8-track radio is an interesting option though. Wonder if that was original to this car. It was an original 66 option, one that you don’t see very often.

    Like 0
  5. Paolo

    This reminds me of my own long lost 66 GT. Mine was silver with red rocker stripes and had the Pony interior. It had every option except a limited slip differential, A/C and the Rallye-Pack. It had the A code engine and the 4 speed and I could spin one wheel all the way down the block. The A-code was good enough to have some fun with. It was a sharp looking ride and I regret selling it.

    Like 0

Leave A Comment

RULES: No profanity, politics, or personal attacks.

Become a member to add images to your comments.


Get new comment updates via email. Or subscribe without commenting.

Barn Finds