I’ve spent the past few weeks looking for a good 1965 or 1966 Mustang. After driving all over the Portland area and looking at several less-than-great examples, I finally found our car. $17,000 later, ACC is the proud third owner of a Wimbledon White 1966 model.
The car’s got great history. On March 26, 1966, a couple bought it from Cutter Ford in North Hollywood, CA. They traded in a 1959 Ford Thunderbird on it for a $650 credit. The car came optioned with the 289 V8, 2-bbl carb, automatic transmission, vinyl top, power steering, a/c, deluxe belts and a center console.
The couple had the styled steel wheels removed and wire wheel covers added, along with power brakes. Total price on the car was $3,141. I know all this because the car came with its original window sticker, original sales invoice, original hand-written key tags, original owner’s manual, original metal warranty tag and a big stack of receipts and photos.
The wife kept this car at her home in North Hollywood up until the early 2000s, when she sold it. That owner then moved to Portland and built a garage specifically for the Mustang on the side of his house.
Over the years, he made a few minor changes to the car. It’s had a repaint in the original color and some GT options added on, but underneath, it’s a 55,000 original-mile car that runs and drives like a low-miles car should. Best of all, it’s rot-free — a big deal on rust-prone first-gen Mustangs that are now over 50 years old.
There are a few needs here and there, such as some dry weatherstripping, engine oil leaks, and a missing headliner, all of which we’ll address in upcoming issues of ACC.
What would you like to see us do with this car? Let us know in the comments below.