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Driver-quality ’68 Mustang


Sometimes, you’ll hear an older vehicle referred to as a good “20-footer,” meaning that it looks fine from a distance, but get up close and you’ll see its imperfections.

Another term you hear for such a car is that it’s a “driver-quality” vehicle, runs fine but you’re not going to be invited to display it at Pebble Beach.

The Pick of the Day is such a car, a 1968 Ford Mustang that the private seller advertising the car on ClassicCars.com admits “is probably not a major restoration candidate because it’s a T-code 6 cylinder, but it drives well and ideal for someone who wants a clean, original, unmolested Mustang without the hassle of the upkeep of a fully restored car or the price tag of trying to restore it.”

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The seller adds that the car “could also be ideal for an entry-level hobbyist who wants to try their hand at small restorative projects to keep the car maintained.”

The tires are older and need to be replaced, the seller adds, but with a little attention to brakes and suspension, “this car can be driven reliably daily. The motor is strong and runs well and the 3-speed operates as it should. The major mechanicals needed to pass inspection are there.”

The car has an inline 6-cylinder engine that the seller reports has received a recent tuneup, “has good oil pressure, does not smoke or rattle, does not overheat,” and has “ no major leaks.”

The clutch, transmission, suspension and brakes are original and the seller says all the lights, windows, locks, gauges, etc., work just fine.

As you might expect with a car of this age, there are some imperfections in chrome and molding, the carpet is faded but the interior “presents well,” and the seats have no tears. 

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The car originally was Butternut Yellow but in the early 1990s was repainted in a dark-blue shade. 

“It has some rust in the usual Mustang areas,” the seller reports, and goes into detail in the advertisement, both in words and photos. 

The seller, who has had the car since 1990, adds that the car has been garage kept. 

The car is located in Stanley, North Carolina. The asking price is $7,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Mustangs have been, are & always will be one of the most unique & desired cars ever made in America or the world for that matter. I had a 2005 Mustang & I foolishly traded it in! I also had an Amish neighbor who knew a Mustang when he saw mine.

  2. This is a very nice example of what I would consider to be the "average" Mustang of the day. Throughout the Mustang’s long life, most of them have been the entry-level 4 or 6-cylinder cars with little to no flash. If I had the extra money and garage space, I wouldn’t mind making an offer on this car. I would leave it alone, too and enjoy it for what it does have to offer.

  3. I ‘m not knocking the People that desire and build show quality Cars , actually I admire them , but for me , the 20 footers look just fine up close too , I don’t abuse my old Cars , nor any Car for that matter , however , I do enjoy driving them in a "spirited manner" that would just be inappropriate for a show quality Car . Currently I have a 2000 C5 Corvette convertible that I bought in "fair" condition & I love "warts & all"


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