Car: Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback
What makes it special: The 1967 model year Mustang was the first redesign of the original model. Ford’s designers began drawing up a larger version even as the original was achieving sales success. The major mechanical feature was to allow the installation of a big-block V8 engine. The overall size, interior and cargo space were increased. Exterior trim changes included concave taillights, side scoop on the 1967 model, and chrome for the 1968 model side ornamentation, square rear-view mirrors, and usual yearly wheel and gas cap changes.
What made it famous: Changes for the 1968 model increased safety with a two-spoke energy-absorbing steering wheel, along with newly introduced shoulder belts. Other changes included front and rear side markers, “FORD” lettering removed from hood, rearview mirror moved from frame to windshield, a 302 cu in V8 engine was now available, and C-Stripe graphics were added. The fastback model offered the option of a rear fold-down seat.
Why I would want one: It’s a Ford Mustang Fastback. That’s why.
Fun fact: The 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback reached iconic status after it was featured in the 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen. In the film, McQueen drove a modified 1968 Mustang GT 2+2 Fastback chasing a Dodge Charger through the streets of San Francisco.