Lot 92 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2015)
Sold for £41,625
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: T.B.A.
Chassis No: 8T02S155542
Mot Expiry: Aug 2016
The Fastback option of the Mustang appeared in 1965, with the model's first significant facelift following during 1967. This was an altogether bigger motorcar, featuring additional passenger and luggage space and the option of no less than four larger V8 engines of 302ci, 390ci, 427ci and 428ci capacity. The four-barrel 390ci unit had debuted in the Thunderbird, and with 320hp on tap enabled the revised Pony Car to record a standing quarter mile time of 13 seconds. The 1968 GT390 was immortalised by the Steve McQueen film Bullitt.
This purposeful-looking left-hand drive 1968 Mustang 390GT was a special order example built for the Spanish market, and included from new such rarities as a full European handling pack, Sundym glass and orange indicator lenses. It was retained by the original owner until being imported to the UK in February 1998. However, rather than hit the road in style at this stage, it was evidently confined to a lock-up and barely used until acquired by the vendor during July 2009, who then recommissioned it. The work included: stripping the underside and repainting; fitting new suspension bushes, brake lines, brake pads, steering joints, battery, water pump, thermostat, chrome bumpers etc. The fast Ford has never been fully restored, but was treated to a bare metal repaint in 2014.
The vendor currently regards the bodywork, paintwork, V8 engine and four-speed manual transmission as 'very good', while he rates the interior trim as 'original'. The mighty Mustang currently displays an unwarranted 55,000 miles and is being sold complete with Marti report, sales brochure and MOT certificate valid until August 2016. The current registration 'TOP 659' is available by separate negotiation.