Let's face it, with so many over-the-top cars out there, there's definitely something to be said for a little subtlety. This 1966 Ford Mustang coupe is an ideal example of doing more with less, and it doesn't need flashy paint or oversized tires to make its statement. Instead, it's a carefully crafted machine that lets originality and the little things do the talking, and once you get a look, I guarantee you'll be impressed with this factory-spec Pony.
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most recognizable cars ever built, so the subtle and elegant look this one carries shouldn't bother anyone. Refinished in a color that's pretty close to Candyapple Red, (an upgrade over the car's original color: Springtime Yellow), it was finished to a very good standard a few years back and has helped up well through year, presenting like a solid, driver-grade Pony today. Forget fake Shelby stripes, this one makes a statement with good bodywork, crisp sheetmetal bends, and a consistent, shiny finish work so that you're drawn in to have a closer look. It's got some age and mileage on it today, but there's a lot to love about a Mustang that's been driven and set right, and everybody will smile when they see this handsome '66 cruising down Main Street. Things like the chrome bumpers, stainless window surrounds, and taillights are all stock Mustang items, because good taste never goes out of style, and because the VIN says this is indeed a C-code 8-cylinder car, those '289' emblems on the front fenders aren't just there for show. To be honest, it's kind of refreshing to see a Mustang dressed pretty much as it might have been in, say, 1969 when it was still being used as a regular car, not a collector's item.
The black bucket seat interior is like the body, almost entirely stock (and most likely original to the car, too), but with a few smart upgrades that enhance the driving experience. The original buckets are certainly worn-in, especially on the driver's side, but a quick reupholster would bring them back to snuff, or just use them for a while as-is with 'character' marks in tow. Black door panels match at the flanks and show some patina as well, as do the slightly faded black carpets on the floor, but the wear is honest and typical, and nothing that's so concerning that it needs immediate attention to be functional. Original gauges are functional inside the stock bezel, while the radio was upgraded with a Sony AM/FM/Cassette unit that powers aftermarket speakers in the rear package tray, and the dash has held up incredibly well with no cracking or troubled areas to report. That's a factory center console " a highly sought-after piece in any early Mustang, and it houses a bright T-handle shifter that manages the C4 3-speed automatic transmission below. The 3-spoke steering wheel and its well-worn leather wrap is perhaps a little fatter than the original, there's a taut headliner above, and the back seat hasn't seen much action in years, so it's in good shape too. In back, the trunk is finished with a heavy-duty rubber mat that gives it a cool look and protects it from the elements.
Small block Mustangs are a threat on the street thanks to their excellent power-to-weight ratio and rugged hardware, and it's no surprise that this C-code is still powered by one today. This 289 has been augmented with things like a Holley carburetor and upgraded ignition coil, and it drives smoothly so you know there are no finicky parts inside. Dress-up includes a set of chrome Edelbrock valve covers and a matching air cleaner, as well as Ford Blue engine enamel on the block itself that is a nod to tradition. It's not detailed for show, but it runs great and a few weekends of work under the hood could really make a difference on this entry-level cruiser. Power steering and power brakes are the options you want in your Pony, making this '66 easy to handle for driver's of just about any experience level. Underneath, you'll find very solid floors, a dual exhaust system with chambered mufflers, and a newer gas tank, while the smooth-shifting C4 automatic transmission spins what's likely the original rear end filled with highway-friendly 2.80 gears. Stock Mag wheels always look great with bright red center caps and they're wrapped in 195/75/14 whitewall radials that complete the authentic, original look.
Walk softly and carry a big stick has always been a favorite car-building philosophy, and this pretty red Mustang coupe is an easy way to get into the hobby with a blue-chip collectable. Call today!