2019 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
Lot
40

1967 Ford Mustang High Country Special Coupe (LHD)

$25,500

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Specifications

Engine 289ci V8
Gearbox Three-speed manual
Body Work Coupe
Colour Columbine Blue
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Alloy
Brakes Drum/drum

Description

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An instant hit when launched midway through 1964, Ford's Mustang was the first personal sports coupe and gave birth to the market segment known as ‘pony cars’, with rivals like Chevrolet's Camaro and Dodge's Challenger quickly also arriving on the scene. Americans were clamouring for a domestic sporty two-door that came with plenty of style but one that was also affordable and could be driven daily. Taking inspiration from the Mustang 1 concept vehicle, Lee Iacocca and his team designed the perfect car for the job. Through clever use of existing Falcon underpinnings, the price was kept to affordable levels, while the incredible array of options, from drivetrain to trim levels, made the Mustang appealing to a wide spectrum of customers, including both men and women - a critical part of the original design brief. Ford hit on a winning formula with the first-generation Mustang and the orders began flooding in, making this one of the most successful models in American automotive history. The Mustang was soon breaking all sales records, with production surpassing a million units by 1966. With new challengers on the horizon, particularly Chevrolet's Camaro, the Mustang underwent a major revamp for 1967 and the look was bigger all round - longer, wider and with more interior space and revised styling front and rear, but still instantly recognisable as a Mustang. Inside the dashboard was redesigned and a fold-down rear seat added to increase luggage space in the fastback model. The extensive options list grew even longer in 1967and the choice of drivetrains further extended as well, with engines ranging from the base six-cylinder through to the 289-ci V8 in various states of tune and - for the first time - the availability of a 390-cid big-bock V8. A fantastic choice for the classic car buyer wanting a good looking, affordable slice of American muscle, the Mustang remains a perennial favourite.