AJ’s Car of the Day: 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible

Car: Ford Mustang Convertible

Year: 1966

What makes it special: The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the “Pony Car.” The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of competition. It was initially introduced as a hardtop and convertible with the fastback version put on sale in August 1964. At the time of its introduction, the Mustang, sharing its underpinnings with the Falcon, was slotted into a compact car segment, then with each revision, Mustang saw an increase in overall dimensions and in engine power.

What made it famous: The 1966 Mustang debuted with moderate trim changes including a new grille, side ornamentation, wheel covers and gas cap. Ford’s new C-4 “cruise-o-matic” 3-speed automatic transmission became available for the 225 hp V8. The 289 “HiPo” K-code engine was also offered with a C-4 transmission, but it had stronger internals. The long duration solid-lifter camshaft that allowed the high revving 289 to make the horsepower it was known for.  A large number of new paint and interior color options, an AM/eight-track sound system, and one of the first AM/FM mono automobile radios were also offered. It also removed the Falcon instrument cluster; the previously optional features, including the round gauges and padded sun visors, became standard equipment.

Why I would want one: Had one, but in the Coupe model. Great looking, quick with a V8. Another car that will return to my possession one day.

Fun fact: The  Ford Mustang would be the best-selling convertible in 1966, with 72,119 sold, beating the number two Chevrolet Impala by almost 2:1.

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