This rare X-code 1968 Mus­tang fast­back was found in a ware­house, with a few more sur­prises

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Fowler was ready to go on the hunt from that first call, but they made him wait three weeks while they cleaned around the Mus­tang, buried 25 miles away in a ware­house in the tiny town of Branch, Texas—Fowler de­scribes it as, “no red light and one cau­tion light.”

“I had a ’77 Mus­tang Co­bra II be­ing painted and the painter called me and told me that friends of his, their dad had died. In clean­ing out his ware­house they found an old Mus­tang.” While dig­ging through “junk,” they also found a 1-ton truck. That’s how clut­tered the ware­house was.

When he ar­rived, Fowler found a 1968 Mus­tang fast­back in pieces. The en­gine and au­to­matic trans­mis­sion were out of the ve­hi­cle, the fend­ers were laid to one side, and the seats were in­side, but they were 1969 Mach 1 buck­ets. The fold-down rear seat was in­tact. Most of the parts were on shelves. Shane fig­ured the re­man­u­fac­tured 390ci big-block on an en­gine stand came out of the Mus­tang. The fifth digit of the VIN was an X for the ex­tremely rare 390 two-bar­rel, one of a mere 189 fast­backs built with this en­gine. (For the record, X-code pro­duc­tion, unique to the 1968 model year, was 733, di­vided be­tween

477 hard­tops, 189 fast­backs, and 67 con­vert­ibles.)

“The two daugh­ters were there and peo­ple were just com­ing in and out and go­ing through ev­ery­thing and buy­ing any­thing they wanted,” Fowler said.

The owner had lived in the back of the ware­house, which at one time had been a Corvette restora­tion shop. Fowler saw five to six Corvettes cut in pieces in the woods and in­side “a ton of Corvette T-tops and parts, which the Corvette guys wiped out.”

De­spite the two-bar­rel en­gine, this car shared the same model year (1968), body style (fast­back), big-block (a 390), and color (High­land Green) of the fa­mous Steve McQueen Bul­litt movie car. Fowler’s find had Styled Steel wheels, man­ual steer­ing, man­ual drum brakes, and air con­di­tion­ing, which he said was “a lit­tle dif­fer­ent way to or­der a big-block.” In the trunk, Fowler found a space-saver spare, which he knew was not stock for a ’68 model. He thought it was a reg­u­lar

7.35 Mus­tang spare. He cleaned it up at home and found it was a 7.75, which is a Boss 429 spare—a real gem he sold to off­set the price he paid for the car.

Fowler added, “We spent two days dig­ging through parts. I’m sure the head­light buck­ets were there, but we could not find them. The rest of the parts were there.” The floor­pans were rusty, as were the rear quar­ters and trunk floor, which Fowler says is typ­i­cal for south Louisiana.

Shane fig­ures this clas­sic Mus­tang is best suited as a resto­mod project that would make a great Bul­litt build, al­though the rar­ity of the X-code would also make it very in­trigu­ing to re­turn the ’68 to stock. What do you all think he should do to the car?

Shane Fowler be­lieves the fast­back had been stored at least 20 years in this ware­house.

The space-saver spare tire turned out to be a gem, stock for a Boss 429.

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