2008 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction
1966 Ford Mustang Coupe (LHD)
|Interior||Brown & Cream|
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For 1966 Ford's motto was still of the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" variety so the Mustang was left largely alone, with only minor external changes to distinguish it from the previous years model. The '66 model can be identified by the floating Mustang badge in the centre of the grille and the three chrome strips on the simulated scoop ahead of the rear guards but otherwise the cool, clean styling remained unaltered. New safety regulations meant all 1966 Fords received front and rear seat belts, a padded dash, electric wipers and windshield washers as standard while front bucket seats with pleated vinyl trim were also included in all models. As usual, the buyer could choose between three basic body shapes - the coupe, fastback or convertible - and a wide range of engine and transmission options, all the way from a basic 120 bhp six to a fire breathing 271 bhp V8. Most popular of all remained the classic small-block 289-cid V8, as found here, available in three levels of tune (known as C, A and K-Code) to suit all driving types. The Mustang remained a runaway sales success in 1966, passing the 1,000,000 milestone and garnering an incredible 7.1 per cent of total American car sales. All the factors that made the Mustang so successful in the Sixties remain true today and they really do make an excellent choice for anyone looking for a classic muscle car.