Unrestored Survivor: 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

The baked paint should be a great clue because it indicates that this 1967 Mustang has spent its life in a dry climate. That is good news because that means that it has managed to remain rust-free. Making this vehicle even more tempting is the fact that there is a healthy V8 lurking under the hood. Barn Finder carnut referred the Mustang to us, so thank you so much for that. It is located in Anaheim, California, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. The BIN on the Fastback is $48,000, and there are currently 85 people watching the listing.

The Vintage Burgundy paint on the Mustang looks a lot more “vintage” than the maker intended. The California sun has taken a toll on the paint, but it does mean that this is a Mustang that is only in need of cosmetic restoration. We see plenty of 1st Generation Mustangs requiring massive amounts of metalwork, but this one is as solid as the day it was built. The panels appear to be straight, with no sign of any prior accident damage or repairs. The panel gaps are consistent, and the tinted glass is in good condition. Some of the trim and chrome will require attention because there is some deterioration to the finish. However, this looks like a project that is going to be wonderfully straightforward.

The Californian sun might be great for metal preservation, but it can take a toll on upholstery and plastic. That is the case here because the Mustang’s dash pad is heavily cracked. The remaining upholstered surfaces have various tears and deterioration, and new seat covers, a headliner, and door trims will need to go on the wish list. The woodgrain is showing marked deterioration, but the rear trim looks like it is all pretty good. The Martic Report indicates that the Mustang came equipped with an AM radio, an overhead console, and a factory tachometer. I can’t tell whether the radio is intact, but the console and the tach remain in place.

When you look at how baked the rest of the car is, lifting the Fastback’s hood is a revelation. This car comes equipped with an A-Code 289ci V8, a 4-speed manual transmission, and power front disc brakes. This combination strikes a reasonable middle-ground when it comes to the question of performance. It should be pleasant and easy to drive and capable of devouring the ¼ mile in 15.6 seconds. The owner doesn’t specifically say that the Mustang is numbers-matching, so that is a question that will be worth asking. He does say that the engine, transmission, and brakes have all recently been rebuilt. The engine bay presents beautifully, but this is a classic that isn’t about looks alone. I have included a video at the bottom of this article. It provides a walk-around of the vehicle and allows us to hear that sweet 289 running and driving. It sounds magnificent, with no signs of odd noises or smoke.

This 1967 Mustang Fastback is by no means a cheap car. It is also a car that will not consume thousands of dollars in rust repairs just to ensure that it is structurally sound. The next owner might choose to treat it to a cosmetic restoration, which should be a simple process. They also might decide to drive it as it currently stands. It has no immediate needs, so there is no reason why they could do that. It’s a tough call to make, but what would you do?

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Comments

  1. Jeff

    Its appears very solid however $48K is $24K Hurt Me Dollars Over Budget!

    Like 11
  2. Tim

    Did 1967 have wood grain interior panels?I thought that was a 1968 option, and 1967 had brushed aluminum for the higher end interior packages?

    Like 3
  3. Dusty Stalz

    Not a survivor, and how long have they been running the engine like that? Anyone spot the problem?

    Like 9
    • Phlathead Phil

      PCV & tube missing?
      Too small to be an oil filler cap.

      Actually, the first problem I saw was the price.

      Like 16
  4. Troy s

    Well, for thing, it sure sounds better than any A code 289, it’s been played with and dressed up, I always thought there was a breather on that valve cover. Interior wise I don’t mind the condition, like the black color, but absolutely hate these safety steering wheels. Like the burgundy paint would just like to see more of it not the semi rat rod style here. 4 speed, sure thing. Fourty eight thousand dollars,?!
    Wish the seller all the best of luck.

    Like 6
  5. mainlymuscle

    Fastbacks are (insanely) over priced right now,but few are as out of their mind as this seller.

    Like 14
  6. Vince H

    I would think he needs more than luck at that price.

    Like 7
  7. Scott

    That woodgrain looks Home Depot, not factory. Covers heater/ fan control plate, have never seen that before.

    Like 1
  8. gaspumpchas

    I may be a bit anal about sloppy wiring under the hood but this looks bad. rubber fuel line to the carb. No place to put the oil, wrong valve cover on the left. Also looks like some patches have been welded into the left quarter, plus some other stuff in the trunk area. no pics of the rest of the trouble spots which are everywhere on the rustangs. 48 large? as Troy s says, good luck. Stay safe .
    Cheers
    GPC

    Like 8
  9. Gary

    Take a closer look at the windshield. It looks like there are two cracks. One directly in the middle that runs the height of the windshield and one right in front of the driver.

    Like 2
  10. Jerry

    Some people think the Mustang name is automatically worth 20 grand.
    I like the fastback look but I’d rather have a notchback for MUCH less.

    Like 1
  11. Desert Rat

    Oh come on, we have lost our minds 48 grand for a 289 mustang that still needs a lot of work? These ridiculous prices have taken all the fun out of the hobby. I long for the days that these cars were worth almost nothing and a muscle car lover could pick them up all day long for 700$ have fun with, fix it up and sell it for 1500$ and start looking for his next dream project. But these days are gone the way of 28 cents a gallon gas, it’s a shame.

    Like 10
    • Steve R

      The seller is fishing, there is no reason to read any more into it than that.

      Even though 60’s and early-70’s muscle cars are expensive there are plenty of inexpensive performance cars, especially later models, for those willing to put in the effort to look. Within the last few months a friend bought a 64 R code Galaxy for less than $2,000, it had a hole in the original 427 block and was missing the heads, intake and transmission. It was advertised on CL in a large city, he called on the second day of its listing and was the first to show up.

      Steve R

      Like 6
  12. Maestro1 Member

    Of course the price is absurd. Everybody is right; you can find nicer cars for less money. If you can’t, wait. The prices will come down.

    Like 5
  13. rex m

    $25000 and it might be worth going to see.

    Like 4
  14. jokacz

    The only way a 289 225 horse turns a 15.6 is by falling off a cliff.

    Like 4
  15. Timothy Phaff

    All I can say is I wish I found that roller for the $1500.00 in some Grandmas garage that probably paid for it so I could drop a 428CJ in it.

    Like 1
  16. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    What about those rear wheel arches – were there slicks on this one at some point in it’s life ?

    Like 2
  17. CCFisher

    The woodgrain on the doors and dash is not original. It does appear to have the deluxe interior, based on the grille and courtesly lamp on the door, but the deluxe interior had brushed aluminum trim (or something that looked like brushed aluminum) in 1967.

    Like 1
  18. John J

    I think the high bidder is the owner bumping the price up…..
    But who is the bozo bidding before him ??
    IN$ANE price.

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