2019 Shannons Sydney Late Autumn Classic Auction
1966 Ford Mustang 'A Code' GT Coupe (RHD)
|Colour||Tahoe Turquoise Metallic|
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Ford’s Mustang was an instant classic, pioneering a completely new market segment, the personal sports coupe, one that even took its name from the model, while other car makers like GM and Chrysler rushed to build their own ‘Ponycars’. Based on the compact Falcon platform, Lee Iacocca’s team created a car that was both stylish and sporty and - more importantly - could be tailored to the owner’s individual taste and specifications through an extensive options list. As a result Mustangs ranged from the mild – with six-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions – through to wild, with a powerful V8 motor and heavy-duty manual shifters and were equally at home doing the shopping or tearing up the dragstrip. The classic small-block V8, as found in the legendary Cobra, displaced 289-cid and was available to Mustang buyers in three levels of tune, known to aficionados as the ‘A’, ‘C’ and ‘K’ codes. In addition to the original coupe, Ford offered a convertible version that was popular in sunnier climates like California and Florida and the ragtop variants remain sought after today. The original Mustang’s styling was so successful Ford made the decision to leave it largely unaltered for 1966, making this the final year for the original - and to many eyes best looking - shape. Changes were confined to a floating pony emblem in the grille along with a new instrument cluster. Ownership of any classic Mustang remains as rewarding an experience now as it was back in the Sixties, and demand for good examples continues to flourish.