Lot 140 - 1967 Ford Mustang 289 Notchback
|Engine Number||C8AE 6015-B8823|
|Odometer reading||842 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £19,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,720|
- Fitted with rebuilt 302 cu in engine
- Mechanically rebuilt and uprated
- Rare concave rear lights
This car can be viewed in person from 14th to 18th July 2020 at our the auction site, Windsorview Lakes, Datchet, SL3 9HY
The Ford Mustang is an American icon and was originally based on the Ford Falcon compact. The first production Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan on 9th March 1964 and was introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair on 17th April 1964. With each revision, the Mustang saw an increase in overall dimensions and engine power. The 1967 model year Mustang was the first significant redesign of the original model. Ford's designers began drawing up a larger version even as the original was achieving sales success, and while Lee Iacocca later complained about the Mustang's size, he did oversee the redesign for 1967. The major mechanical feature was to allow the installation of a big-block V8 engine. The overall size, interior and luggage space were also increased. Exterior trim changes included concave taillights, side scoop (1967 model) and chrome (1968 model) side ornamentation, square rear-view mirrors, and usual yearly wheel and petrol cap changes. The Ford Mustang was, and remains, one of the most successful product launches in automotive history. The Mustang sold over one million units in its first 18 months on the market and its legend lives on with revised models still in production today after 50 years.
This rare 1967 Ford Mustang 289 Notchback was imported to the UK in October 2013. The current owner, a partner in a Ferrari race and restoration company, was looking for this particular and rare model due to the concave rear lights and was in Texas USA looking for such a car when he spotted this one advertised for sale in Kent, England. He dashed back and purchased it in November 2014. While returning from the 2015 Le Mans Classic a major fault developed with the original 289 engine and, after getting the car back to his personal garage at home, he set about mechanically rebuilding and upgrading it. The engine obtained was the larger, 1968 model, 302 cu in Windsor V8, five litre unit which was completely rebuilt using all new parts by American car specialists Mission Motorsport in Middlesex. After installation it was mated to the original three speed automatic gearbox which in turn had a Hurst shifter fitted so the car can be driven like a manual gearbox. Added to the engine was a new Edelbrook inlet manifold and four pot carburettor, solid billet electronic distributor, new exhaust system with new headers and a new aluminium radiator with electric fan. The suspension was fully rebuilt and upgraded which included new rear leaf springs. The brakes were fully overhauled and a brake disc kit fitted on the front. Since all this work has been carried out the car has only covered about 2000 miles; the owner wrote the mileage of 98,190 covered on the odometer when the engine was replaced. This rust-free example is finished in white with a very good original red interior which has been re-padded. The car is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in October 2020, a file containing some parts bills, old MoT certificates, parts catalogues and a very comprehensive photographic record of the mechanical restoration. This Mustang has been described as a joy to drive with everything working, including the rear wind up ¼ light windows.
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