1966 Ford Mustang GT K-Code

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The 1966 Ford Mustang GT fastback is a rare, original K-Code performance model
The 1966 Ford Mustang GT fastback is a rare, original K-Code performance model

Few classic cars have the universal appeal of a truly great Ford Mustang and here’s one for Pick of the Week that is an apparently pristine, very-low-mileage beauty that ticks all the boxes.

The 1966 Ford Mustang GT fastback is a rare numbers-matching factory K-Code model, which means it has a special high-performance 271-horsepower 289-cid V8 under its long hood and also is equipped with a heavy-duty clutch, driveshaft and differential and sports suspension.

Add to that a factory four-speed manual transmission, disc brakes, power steering, pony interior and rally-pac gauges, all contained in a purposeful fastback body that was the early Mustangs’ most attractive design.

Everything about this car is totally authentic, the Atlanta collector-car dealer states in the ClassicCars.com advertisement, noting that it remains in exceptional condition after a comprehensive restoration in the 1990s and driven only 9,000 miles since. The only change, the seller says, is the addition of aftermarket air conditioning – the performance-oriented K-Code Mustangs did not offer such creature comforts at the time.

The asking price is $48,900, which might seem steep until you consider how special this Mustang really is.

“In short, the rarest and most desirable drivetrain and options you can get on a 1966 Mustang,” the seller says in the ad. “Correct to the trim tag in all respects, including the gorgeous original color of Vintage Burgundy Metallic.

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“It’s refreshing to find a K-Code fastback that has been left tastefully stock – and with fewer than 10,000 ’66 K-Codes made, spread across coupe, convertible, and fastback variants (including the Shelby cars), a factory hi-po 289 Fastback is rare indeed.”

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. I once owned an even rarer version. It had a 3 speed automatic. Chirped the tires no matter how gently I drove it. Bought it in 1978 for $1200 and sold it a year later for $2200. Those were the good old days. Sold it to Glaziers Mustang Barn in the Philly area. Wonder if they still exist.