1966 MUSTANG A CODE GT CONVERTIBLE
In April 1964, Ford introduced the Mustang, the most successful model launch for Ford since the Model A. All sales records were smashed with 22,000 cars being sold on the first day. Within a year, 418,812 Mustangs were sitting in driveways throughout North America.
The car created the “Pony Car” class of American muscle cars, affordable sporty cars with long hoods and short rear decks and despite large production numbers, less than 5 percent of the first generation of Mustangs (1964-1966) remain in unmodified condition today.
Officially introduced in April 1965, the 1966 GT models were distinguished by many things including a pair of fog lights located inside the grill, a quick ratio steering box, deletion of the chrome scoop edge moulding, blacked out grill, GT badging and “Mustang” side stripes, twin exhaust with chrome plated “trumpeted” exhaust tips that exited through the rear valance and special designation GT gas cap.
To be a genuine GT, the car had to be ordered with either the A Code 289ci 4-V (225HP) engine or the K Code 289ci 4-V (271HP) engine.
The car presented here is an absolutely stunning, genuine GT, A Code convertible Mustang.
Finished in sparkling Candy Apple Red, this car sports a powered white convertible top with white pony interior that includes pistol grip door handles. The car also has a white parade boot to cover the convertible top with when down.
The A Code 289ci engine retains its original Autolite 4100, 4V carburettor, Autolite distributor and correctly coded original intake manifold. Chrome rocker covers and air intake have been added.
The correct GT quick ratio steering box (coded HCC AX) is in place as are the factory exhaust hangers that support the dual GT exhaust with correct chrome trumpeted tips that exit through the rear valance.
Power is put to the road by the original 4 speed top loader manual transmission. This car has the rare “Rally Pack” tachometer option which winds out to the correct 6,000 RPM. This and the clock are correctly colour coded to the colour of the steering column.
The car has correct front disc brakes and rear drums.
A Mustang digital radio has replaced the original unit and in the glove box is the switch for the car’s hazard lights.
Styled steel wheels with white wall tyres and red centre caps round out the package.
The data plate decodes as follows:
Body: 76B = Convertible with Luxury Interior
Color: T = Candy Apple Red
Trim: B5 = Parchment/Red
Date: 16L = 16 November 1966
DSO: 73 = Salt Lake City
Axle: A = 3.00 : 1 locking differential
Trans: 5 = 4 speed manual
The car enjoys a quality engine bay and fully detailed, show quality undercarriage.
It is becoming increasing difficult to find quality A Code Mustang GTs in the USA and their values are rising rapidly.
This is an Investment grade vehicle that will continue to appreciate.
ENGINE: 289ci A Code V8
FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM: Autolite 4100 4 Barrell Carburettor
TRANSMISSION: 4 Speed Top Loader Manual
BRAKES: Disc Front, Drum Rear
PAINT: Candy Apple Red
TRIM: Parchment Pony Trim
MILEAGE: 29,797 miles