1968 Ford Mustang Coupe
1968 Ford Mustang Coupe
The Mustang created the category of the 'pony' car, a reference to its distinctive horse logo. The name encompassed all the competitor cars that were built to try and match the Mustang's success. An example is the Chevrolet Camaro, which also cemented the image of a sporty vehicle with a sleek style. Even Ford couldn't have predicted how successful the car would be. On the opening day, 22,000 units were sold, and dealerships were taking waiting lists for several days after.
This 1968 example for consignment has spent its lifetime in the possession of a mere 3 families all in the central PA area. The first owners had the car in service for 11 years and it was then stored on jack stands for the next 26 years. It was then taken out of storage and refreshed then put back on the road. Since this time the second owner added in A/C and rebuilt the engine when it was refitted with a Holley 4-barrel carburetor and intake manifold. The remainder of the car is all original, including the low miles which is now at 43,605 miles.
Bathed in a very nicely applied Diamond Blue, straight steel abounds. Gaps are consistent and straight. The iconic hockey stick cove is present in the rear quarters and it flows into the doors. From the front bumper, grille galloping horse and wheel well as well as rocker trim all chrome is very nice with no dimpling or dulling. For 1968 styling becomes slightly more aggressive on a simpler grille and deeper headlights, and on back the former outward V shaped sergeant stripe taillights have now been inverted to inward, but still using 6 individual lights. Original wheels have been replaced with 14-inch Magnum 500 wheels, wrapped in raised white lettered BFG tires. A black vinyl top in near showroom condition is the dollop of whipped cream on top if you will.
2 tone blue in light and dark bounces all around this interior. Door panels are light blue painted uppers and lowers, and vinyl covered dark blue panels in the middle with just a touch of chrome trim surround. Front buckets continue with dark blue horizontal stitched inner panels, and light blue bolsters. This continues into the back seat bench. The buckets flank an added-on center console complete with a storage compartment and a dual cup holder. Further forward on the hump is the T handle shift lever. A dual squared off eyebrow design is reserved for the dash top and this plays in dark blue and is above some light blue painted metal on the bottom of the dash. A/C is now added in and we can note the original instrument cluster, and steering wheel. Dark blue carpet is in good condition and floods all the floors. Dark blue carpeted floor mats are also seen, and these have a 3D galloping horse stitched into them. The headliner is nice and tight dark blue vinyl. Looking way back into the trunk we see very good condition square tweed vinyl lining throughout looking like new.
Under the pristine hood, in the clean and restored engine bay, is a 289ci V8. It has a higher performance cam installed which specs out at .448i/442 lift and 204i/214e duration @.050. World Products provides the Windsor Jr. cylinder heads and are topped with 1.6 ratio roller rockers. A single Holley 4 BBL carburetor is on top, and a C4 3-speed automatic transmission is in back with a Ford 8-inch 2.79 rear axle. A dual Flowmaster exhaust helps with the exhale. We also note power steering and A/C to make the long drives cool and comfortable.
A slight coating of surface rust is seen on some usual suspects, but structurally rust free for the unibody, floor pans and rockers. Patina is on the black painted surfaces. New rear shocks are in along with new rear drum brakes, a new fuel sending unit, and axle seals.
This car fired right up, and after a bit of a warm up period, ran very smoothly, drove beautifully, and had good acceleration and handling. It is a good highway cruiser as well. It is also noted it has a nice engine sound emanating from the exhaust.
Well done and not like your steak, but in the sense of the a wonderful survivor and tasteful upgrades done to this 68 Mustang. Nicely done, performance modifications, center console, 14-inch wheels, good chrome all around, and we are all buttoned up and ready to ride our little pony into the sunset…(cue the tumbleweeds.)
T-Metuchen, NJ Assy Plant
01-2 Door Hardtop
C-289ci V8 2bbl 195hp
185566-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 65A-2 Door Hardtop Standard Interior
COLOR N-Diamond Blue
TRIM 2B-Blue Standard Vinyl Buckets
DATE 20C-March 20th Build Date
AXLE 2-Ford 8" 2.79 Conventional
TRANS W-C4 Cruise O Matic 3 Speed Automatic
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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