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: Ford’s first generation Mustang ran from 1964 to 1973. Mustang introduced the world to the Pony Car classification, known for their long nose / short rear deck body style. It took the buying public by storm, proving not only wildly popular but also inspiring competition from other manufacturers. The initial year, Mustang was available as a Hardtop, Convertible, and a Fastback version appeared shortly afterwards. The original Mustangs shared underpinnings with the Ford Falcon model, even though Falcon was designated a Compact car. Gone was the Ford Falcon instrument cluster, and now round gauges and padded sun-visors were standard equipment.

What made it famous: A new grille, trim changes, side ornamentation, wheel covers and gas cap were part of the changes that debuted on the Mustang for the 1966 model year. The 289 “HiPo” K-Code V8 was offered with a C4 automatic transmission, but the C4 could also be available for the 225hp, 289 V8 as well. New paint and interior color options were now available, as well as an AM/Eight-Track sound system, and one of the first AM/FM Mono radios were offered for 1966.

Why I would want one: Actually had one, although the Hardtop Coupe model. Loved it, would do it again in less than a heartbeat.

Fun fact: Mustang would become the best-selling convertible in 1966, beating out Chevrolet’s Impala model.
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