The Ford Mustang was conceived in the full knowledge that in the mid 1960s the biggest population bubble in history was now coming of age in America, ‘baby boomers' would rule the '60s and there was little or no reason to think that they wanted to drive cars that were anything like the ones their parents owned. The dramatic new Ford Mustang, therefore, created a storm when it hit the streets and it still does to this day. Ford wanted to make the Mustang affordable, and consequently it needed to share much of its engineering with an existing Ford product, so it made sense to use the Falcon as it was their smallest model at the time and its floor pan and drivetrain had only recently been designed saving considerably on 'tooling' costs. The Mustang was initially offered as either a ‘Notchback' Coupé or a Convertible with the 'Fastback' appearing later. It shared its front double-wishbone/coil spring and leaf spring rear suspension with the Falcon but compared to the saloon the cockpit sat further back on the chassis, resulting in a longer front and shorter rear end design, and both its roof and bonnet were also lower in comparison. Those proportions somehow just worked, and with a full complement of new styling details such as the galloping horse in the grille, the cut-away side sections, the 3-section rear lights and that 'get outta my way' front end, everyone wanted one.
This rare, left-hand drive, four-speed manual 1966 ‘A' Code Ford Mustang is in fantastic condition after having a complete bare metal restoration over a number of years using as much of the original bodywork and running gear as possible and where required, new OEM parts.
Brilliantly painted in the delightfully named "Candy Apple Red" and with an equally brilliant red interior, this car sits on original 15" Mustang-Mag wheels and looks, quite simply, 'the business'. It was optioned from new with the Rally Pack, which includes the wood-rimmed steering wheel, a trio of ancillary gauges and a radio, all of which the car retains to this day.
The original 289 engine has been stripped and fully rebuilt with a 'mild cam' to give it a little more 'edge' and the Autolite 4100, 4-barrel carburetor has been serviced and rebuilt also. Needless to say, the 4-speed manual gearbox and the rest of the transmission have also been subject to being stripped, checked and reassembled with new parts as required. The car is fitted with a custom stainless steel exhaust and apparently sounds incredible.
This is a real 'show' quality car both inside and out, top and bottom and is presented with a photographic album documenting the restoration. Having recently been serviced just prior to the auction it's ready to go.
The Mustang is surely one of the most iconic cars in the world, and this fabulous example in 'put-your-sunglasses-on' Red represents an excellent opportunity to own a well-restored example that is sure to be a head-turner wherever you go.