The 1966 Ford Mustang introduced minor detail changes to the original ’65 models including a simplified front grill.
Below the bonnet / hood there were not many changes except the availability of the Cruise O Matic three speed transmissions on the V8 models.
Chrome trim was also added to the faux intakes ahead of the rear wheels. Slightly different wheel trims were standard but this ’66 car seen at an Avenue Drivers Club meeting in Bristol appears to be fitted with out of period wheel trims.
In the cabin the original Falcon derived interior instrumentation disappeared with a five dial cluster as standard and two in car entertainment options were offered AM/8 Track Stereo or AM/FM Mono radio.
Rear seat belts also became standard in ’66.
This particular was imported in 2008 and is showing signs of not having been kept in a garage since.
Half way through the 1964 Model year Ford launched it’s sensational personal luxury Mustang and in the process created the Pony Car class which swept aside hitherto performance favourites like the Ford Falcon with which the Mustang shared many components including much of the chassis pan, drive train and even the original dash instruments of it’s older sibling.
The power unit’s offered on the original Mustangs offered from 105 hp from the Thriftpower straight six to 271 hp from the 4 barrel Windsor 289. The motor in today’s featured car is officially quoted as 4929 cc a fraction over 300 cui suggesting it might be either over bored or from an altogether later period.
The Falcon strip speedometer was replaced in 1966 with a six round instrument cluster, seat belts were standard in the front, but optional extra’s in the rear.
This particular vehicle is registered as and I quote from the DVLA, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency – GOV.UK website, a 1968 “Ford Mustang Man” however the grill bearing the chromed cross motif only seen on ’65 models, absence of trim on the faux ducts ahead of the rear wheels, the wheel trim, Falcon style instrument panel and altogether less aggressive styling compared with the mildly face lifted ’68 Fastback immortalised by Steve McQueen point to this car being at least a ’65 car if not an early ’64 and a 1/2 model.
Thanks for joining me on this “Ford Mustang Man” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again for Ferrari Friday tomorrow. Don’t for get to come back now !