1967 FAST­BACK

RARE FIND

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FOUR YEARS AGO, WAYNE KAISER HEARD ABOUT AN ORIGINALOWNER 1967 MUS­TANG GT 390 FAST­BACK WITH A FOUR-SPEED FOR SALE, AND BE­ING AN AVID MUS­TANG EN­THU­SI­AST AND

COL­LEC­TOR, HE WAS VERY IN­TER­ESTED. The trou­ble was that the guys who had told him about the car were try­ing to buy it, but were drag­ging their heels. Wayne fi­nally told them, “Well, if you’re not go­ing to buy it, tell me where it is and let me go over and look at it.”

But they would not di­vulge the where­abouts of the fast­back, so

Wayne asked around about the car— with no luck. Ap­par­ently, it wasn’t ad­ver­tised for sale and was in a re­mote area, pos­si­bly on a farm some­where. Four years later, in July 2018, a friend called Wayne and said he knew of a 1967 GT 390 Mus­tang for sale, say­ing, “The guy died last fall, and his wife is sell­ing it.”

The light­bulb went on; Wayne fig­ured this Mus­tang must be the same one he had heard about four years ear­lier and had been try­ing to find ever since. “My friend said, ‘I know where it is, and I know the owner. I’ll set up an ap­point­ment for you to come over and look at it.’”

Wayne ar­rived to find a 43,000mile Mus­tang that had been parked since the early 1970s, and un­for­tu­nately had spent the last 45 years out­side. The body looked “rustier than heck,” in his words, at­tribut­ing the raw ap­pear­ance to ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments. In­side, the deluxe seats were in poor con­di­tion, but this GT had the up­per and lower con­soles, as well as an in-dash tachome­ter, and the 390 was still un­der the hood.

Wayne learned that the hus­band, who was a truck driver and a farmer, bought the car brand new and parked it be­cause of a tick­ing lifter. He said, “[The pre­vi­ous owner] re­moved the rocker cov­ers and pulled the lifters out, and that’s where it sat. He never moved it since.”

Wayne asked the lady what it would take to buy the car, and she told

him the best of­fer she had so far was $5,000. Know­ing that was a low fig­ure, he threw a num­ber at her of $7,500 to see if she would take it, but was pre­pared to go higher. She ac­cepted right away and Wayne had just bought him­self a 1967 Mus­tang GT 390 fast­back—but the drama wasn’t over. He al­ready could see the floor­boards and trunk were rusty, but the wheels were deep down in the dirt, so he couldn’t see the sub­merged metal.

“I was ex­pect­ing it to be a lot rustier than it is.” For­tu­nately, the quar­ter-pan­els were “ex­cel­lent,” as was the rest of the car.

The fac­tory Clear­wa­ter Aqua paint was faded from 45 years of ex­po­sure to the sun and el­e­ments.

The GT air cleaner was still on the 390, which is orig­i­nal to this car.

This ’67 was a one-owner car, pur­chased brand new in April of 1968.

The week be­fore Wayne bought this fast­back, one of the guys that had of­fered $5,000 for the car came back and cut his ask­ing price to $3,500.

The odome­ter reads 43,578.

Forty-five years of ex­po­sure were hard on the deluxe in­te­rior.

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