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

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

Car: Ford Mustang Coupe

Year: 1966

What makes it special: Ford’s first generation Mustang was produced for the 1964 through 1973 model years, and as it did, it grew wider, then larger. Mustang is credited with the creation of the “Pony Car” class, due to it’s long hood/short rear deck look. It inspired like models from GM, Chrysler and American Motors. When it first arrived, it was in hardtop and convertible style, eventually getting a fastback body version a few months later. The earlier Mustang shared its underpinnings with Ford’s compact Falcon model.

What made it famous: The 1966 model year Ford Mustang had a few trim changes than the prior year, including a new front grille, side chrome ornaments, hubcaps and gas-filler cap. The famed 289 HiPo K-code engine was offered with Ford’s new C-4 Cruise-o-matic automatic transmission. The transmission had stronger internal works and could be identified with the outer casing stamped with a “C.” The HiPo was known for its long duration solid-lifter camshaft and allowed the high-revving horsepower the 289 V8 was now known for.

Why I would want one: Actually, had one. Same thing….1966 Coupe. Loved it.

Fun fact: Ford Mustangs sold in Germany were sold under the name “T-5.”
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