The Mustang can be tailored to be anything from a gentle in-town ladies’ car to an impressive 130mph highway performer. Undoubtedly its almost infinitely variable personality is one of the car’s chief attractions…’ – William S Stone, ‘The Ford Mustang’.
Ford created a new class of car almost overnight with the introduction of the Mustang sports coupé part way through the 1964 season, catching the rest of the US auto industry off guard. Brainchild of Lee Iacocca – subsequent saviour of the Chrysler Corporation – the Mustang is one of the most remarkable automotive success stories of modern times and arguably the pinnacle of his long career with Ford. Aimed at the affluent young, for whom a car was as much a lifestyle statement as means of transport, the Mustang succeeded brilliantly, achieving sales in excess of a quarter million by the end of ‘64. This remarkable debut was followed by a staggering 524,791 sales in 1965, earning Ford a fortune.
The secret of the Mustang’s success was a broad appeal that extended beyond the target market thanks to a great value-for-money package combining sporty looks, decent economy and brisk performance. Mustangs could be ordered in specifications ranging from six-cylinder ‘economy’ to V8-powered luxury, while customers could choose from an extensive range of factory options, with the result that seldom are two Mustangs identical.
This 351ci 302 V8-engined, manual transmission Mustang convertible was restored in 2014/2015. AT this time the 351ci engine was fitted with a new Edlebrock performer aluminium cylinder head, inlet manifolds and 4 barrel caburettors- and is rated at a circa 400 bhp. A new Heidts Coilover Front suspension and 4 link rear suspension with coil springs were fitted along with a new 5 speed Tremec manual gearbox and performance clutch. Front and rear dic brakes were fitted with an electric servo. A new 9” Currie Limited slip rear differential was fitted along with ford racing aluminium valve covers.
The hood was uprated to a mohair hood with a glass rear window, the black interior also benefited from real leather coverings and a grant steering wheel.
Sitting pretty on a set of Rocket Fuel Grey 15” alloys with BF Goodrich tyres, and with its dark green coachwork this desirable 302 version of the 68’ edition mustang is offered at No Reserve.