Time Capsule Unearthed: Rare 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback Emerges After 20 Years

Prepare to be astonished as a hidden gem from the past resurfaces—a 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback that has been parked and forgotten for over two decades. In 1966, the Fastback was the least popular variant of the First Generation Mustang, accounting for only 5.9% of total sales. However, this particular Fastback, currently listed on eBay in Walker, Louisiana, presents a remarkable opportunity for enthusiasts. Despite its prolonged slumber, the Mustang remains solid and complete, boasting a running and drivable condition. The bidding, currently at $22,100, sits below the reserve, but there’s a chance to secure this piece of automotive history with a Buy It Now option of $35,000.

Considering its overall condition, it’s evident that this Mustang was stored in a relatively favorable environment during its hibernation. While the lower rear quarter panels show typical signs of rust, the buyer could opt for patchwork rather than complete panel replacement. The rest of the exterior appears clean, and the undercarriage reveals no alarming issues with the rails or floor pans. A few minor blemishes require attention before deciding on the ideal paint color. Although the current Dark Blue isn’t original (Arcadian Blue was the original hue), the buyer has the freedom to choose a faithful restoration or an eye-catching alternative. The aftermarket Magnum 500 wheels can stay or go, depending on personal taste.

Inside the Mustang, the buyer has the opportunity to make the interior serviceable with slipcovers or embark on a full restoration to recapture its former glory. Reupholstering the seats and door trims, as well as installing a new carpet set, would significantly enhance the cabin. The dash pad and most of the plastic components, along with the headliner, appear to be in good condition. However, a previous owner cut the dash to accommodate an added CD player, which may need welding to restore its original appearance if the buyer seeks a “factory” look. The presence of a Hurst shifter, air conditioning, and a CD player indicates some aftermarket modifications.

Nestled within the Mustang’s engine bay lies its original A-Code 289ci V8 engine, delivering 225 horsepower to the rear wheels through a four-speed Top Loader transmission. In its prime, this Mustang Fastback boasted impressive performance, covering the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 125mph. Remarkably, the mechanical condition of this classic beauty is relatively sound, as the seller managed to revive it after its extended slumber. While it starts, runs, and drives, the Mustang will require servicing, a thorough inspection, and new tires before hitting the road again. With rust concerns addressed and a few mechanical tasks ahead, the goal of returning this Mustang Fastback to its former glory seems within reach.

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