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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.