Two-Owner Survivor: 1966 Ford Mustang GT

All good things come to those who wait. That saying would seem to be very true of this 1966 Mustang GT. The current owner of the car first laid eyes on it as a 10-year-old boy back in 1978, and it was love at first sight. He then spent many years working away trying to convince the original owner to part with it but had no luck. His persistence eventually paid off after the original owner’s husband passed away, and he was able to rescue the Mustang from the garage that you see above. After reviving the car and enjoying the ownership experience, he has now decided that the time has come for the classic Ford to head off to a new home. If you think that the new home could be yours, then you will find the Mustang located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding on the GT has reached $16,101, but the reserve hasn’t been met. There is also a BIN option available, and this has been set at $27,500.

Finished in Sauterne Gold with a White vinyl top, the Mustang presents very nicely. The paint isn’t original, with the car receiving a repaint at its local Ford dealership back in 1975. It has remained largely untouched ever since. The owner has undertaken some minor paint correction, and while it still retains a few minor marks, its appearance is well within character for a car that could be classed as a survivor. The vinyl top has also been replaced, and this provides a classy contrast to the Gold paint. The owner makes no mention of any rust issues, and there are certainly none visible in any of the supplied photos. The trim and chrome appear to be in great condition, as do the styled steel wheels. The original owner chose to order the Mustang with tinted glass, and this is all present and free of any significant defects.

I have to take my hat off to the original owner because he definitely chose to tick a few pretty decent boxes on the options list when he ordered the Mustang. The car is numbers-matching, which means that it comes with its original A-Code 289ci V8, 4-speed manual transmission, limited-slip rear end, and power steering. The original owner parked the Mustang in 1978, and after decades of inactivity, the current owner didn’t spare the cash or effort when returning the car to active duty. He treated the engine to a rebuild, and it should now be pumping out its healthy 225hp once again. The transmission has also been rebuilt, as has the front end and the entire braking system. A new fuel tank has gone in, along with an aluminum radiator and a new heater core. The whitewall tires were a special order, and they really set the car off nicely. The owner says that he has never added up just how much he has spent on the car, but it is a fair amount of cash to date. The good news is that he has all of the receipts to verify the work. In fact, it gets better, because he actually holds every invoice and service record for the Mustang all the way back to “day one.” In addition, all of the original paperwork and the Window Sticker are included in the sale. The owner states that the car now runs and drives extremely well, which is something that I don’t find at all surprising.

The interior of the GT is original, and while it isn’t perfect, it wouldn’t take much to improve things without sacrificing originality. The front seats are showing some seam separations, but I suspect that a good upholsterer should be able to fix these without replacing the covers. The armrests on the doors are also looking a bit on the ragged side, but I think that these are probably beyond repair. However, it is possible that the next owner might be able to come up with a more attractive solution than the one that is there at present. The rest of the trim looks to be in good condition, and it looks like no-one has ever sat on the rear seat. Once again, the original owner ticked a few good boxes on the options list for this car. These included the ones beside the air conditioning, console, Rally Pac gauges, and the factory radio/stereophonic tape player. The owner states that everything inside the Mustang works, with the exception of the clock. That’s no surprise because the clock is one of those items that can have a mind of its own, especially as the years pass.

For me personally, this Mustang represents the car that I always dreamed of owning as a young boy. I’ve always had a love of the ’66 Mustang, and this one looks like it is a real beauty. It wouldn’t take a lot of work to have this classic shining like a new pin, but for me, I would probably leave the car largely as it is. If you bought it, what would you do? More importantly, are you willing to pursue this one further with a view to parking it in your garage?

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Comments

  1. FordGuy1972

    This is a really nice Mustang, the next best thing to a K-Code and well-optioned. Probably well worth the BIN. It needs a little help inside, I’d certainly want to fix the front seats and the armrests but that’s about all I’d do. This is definitely a car I’d like to have but it’s well beyond my means at this point. Too bad for me.

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  2. Mikey8

    I think this is another case of a guy that thinks he can get all his money back out of it that he put into it. It is nice looking but that BIN price is way out there.

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  3. dave

    Was the original owner a woman, or a man?

  4. Jost

    I don’t think the bin price is to out of line. A code 289 was a nice mustang with a 4speed.

  5. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    nice…..

  6. ThisGuy

    How much can be redone or changed before it can no longer be called a survivor?

  7. bone

    Not all customers checked options boxes ; most buyers bought them new right of lot – most cars were ordered by the dealerships and higher line cars were usually ordered to put in the showrooms or out front to entice customers.

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