Wed, 16th Oct 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 31

1966 Ford Mustang 289 Convertible

Sold for £28,125

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: FHJ383D
Chassis No: 6T08C203104
Mot Expiry: Sept 2020

- Single family owned for most of its life, one subsequent keeper and 53,000 miles from new

- Original 289 V8-engined car with Cruise-O-Matic transmission, power steering and power hood

- Documented history, restored by Mustang specialists with all bills present

The vendor reckons 'FHJ 383D' could be the best Mustang of its type in the UK, and it is certainly a very fine example that's pretty much as clean in the engine bay and underside as elsewhere. It is finished in the pleasing combination of Vintage Burgundy teamed with a Beige hood and interior trim, and equipped with its original 289ci (4.7-litres) V8 engine, Cruise-O-Matic transmission, power steering and power hood. The Mustang remained within a single family for many years and has only had two owners so far, was first UK registered in 2007, and benefits from a restoration by marque specialists. It currently displays a total mileage of just 54,000 and is being offered complete with documented history, all invoices and an MOT valid into October of next year. A handsome proposition for pony car lovers everywhere.

The Mustang is a pillar of American automotive history - Lee Iacocca's dream car that brought sporting dash and styling to the American baby-boom generation, at a very affordable price. Its first public showing was at the New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964, and it went on sale the same day. By the end of that model year an amazing 126,538 had found homes. V8-engined variants outsold straight-six equipped ones by nearly three to one. Though based on the Falcon's running gear the Mustang looked very different, as its cockpit was further back on the chassis resulting in a longer bonnet and shorter rear deck, while both roof and scuttle were lower. For the 1965 model year the 260ci (4.2-litre) V8 was replaced by the 289 one, and a 2+2 fastback joined the other two body styles. A three-speed manual transmission was standard except on the most powerful version, the 'K-code' 271bhp 289, while Cruise-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission was an option.

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