Lot 48 (The H&H Classic Motor Car Auction, 29th April 2020)
Sold for £61,875
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: YTA488E
Chassis No: 7T02S286251
Motor Car Location: Derbyshire
If you are a fan of the model of Mustang immortalised by Steve McQueen's Lieutenant Frank Bullitt and one of the most memorable car chases in cinematic history, then you'll probably be blown away by 'YTA 488E', which is without question the best 390 GT we have ever seen. We understand the nut and bolt restoration it has been treated to accounted for some 3,800 man hours, and we can well believe it - apparently £25,000 was invested in the paint alone. According to the accompanying Marti report, this matching numbers fast Ford was built at the company's Metuchen plant on July 13, 1967 where it was sprayed in Burnt Amber and equipped with the standard Black bucket seats. Its big block, big carburettor S code 390ci engine was linked to a four-speed manual transmission driving through a 3.25:1 limited slip differential, and the specification additionally included: the desirable GT Equipment Group performance package; F70-14 wide oval tyres with White sidewalls; Am radio; and the exterior Décor Group option.
The original supplying dealer was Berry Motors Inc. of Paramus, New Jersey and the car remained in the US until being imported to the UK in 2014. It is now being made available, complete with the aforementioned Marti report plus a large collection of invoices, and is not surprisingly currently considered by the vendor to possess 'excellent', bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, V8 engine and transmission. Without doubt, 'YTA 488E' represents a very exciting and rare opportunity for Mustang aficionados everywhere.
Launched in 1964, the Mustang was originally offered in Notchback Coupe or Convertible guise only, based on the underpinnings of the Falcon and powered by a range of six- and eight-cylinder engines of up to 289ci (4.7-litre) capacity. The ultimately more famous Fastback option appeared a year later, with the model's first significant facelift occurring during 1967.