1 9 6 6 F O RD MUS TANG G T

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he first-gen­er­a­tion Mus­tang GT would have to be one of the most repli­cated, in part or in full, of all the Mus­tangs. It is rel­a­tively easy to bolt on some spot­lights or put dual ex­hausts through the rear valance to make an or­di­nary Mus­tang look like a GT. But gen­uine GTS have a host of other fea­tures.

They had a slight in­crease in power (19kw) over the nor­mal 289ci (4.7-litre) Mus­tang, but the big­gest dif­fer­ence was in their han­dling and stop­ping abil­ity. They sat slightly lower and had heav­ier springs and sway bars, with four-pot Kelsey Hayes disc brakes on the front. The spot­lights, dual ex­haust, and lack of chrome em­bel­lish­ments on its flanks are the main ex­ter­nal give­aways of a GT.

This 1966 Ford Mus­tang GT was first sold new through the fa­mous Tor­rance, Cal­i­for­nia deal­er­ship of Vel’s Ford — spon­sor of Par­nelli Jones when he won the Trans-am ti­tle in 1970 in a Boss 302 Mus­tang. We have its orig­i­nal carpur­chase pa­per­work, which states its op­tions — the GT pack­age, cen­tre con­sole, wire wheel trims, tinted wind­shield, and white side­wall tyres, which are all as it is to­day. This is a match­ing-numbers car. Other than nor­mal main­te­nance and a new coat of paint — done in the US — in its orig­i­nal fac­tory colour of Sig­nal Flare Red, it is as it left the fac­tory. Its orig­i­nal Ford AM ra­dio works, and it even still has its Cal­i­for­nian anti-smog emis­sions equip­ment, such as the air pump. This was usu­ally the first item re­moved, as it drained a lit­tle power from the en­gine.

This car has only had four own­ers in its 51-year life. The first owner had it for 37 years un­til his death, when own­er­ship was trans­ferred into his son’s name. Since then, it has only had two other own­ers. It ar­rived in New Zealand in 2008, ob­vi­ously a much-cared-for car, in great con­di­tion inside and out for 107,000 miles (172,200km).

Any 1966 Mus­tang that is as gen­uine as this, and with a known his­tory, is very de­sir­able, and the fact that it is a GT only lifts its col­lectabil­ity to the next level. It is of­fered for sale at the price of $62,500 and rep­re­sents very good buy­ing for a clas­sic like this for some­one who en­joys orig­i­nal­ity.

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