Driven: Back to pony car roots in a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible

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There are few things better than driving a classic car with the wind whipping through your hair, but it’s even better when you’re driving a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible.

Powered by a 289cid V8, the first-generation of Mustang is iconic. Pushed into existence by Lee Iaccoca, Ford’s pony car initiated a massive shift in the American automotive world.

Designed to be an affordable, compact, stylish car based on a performance-oriented image, the Mustang was a hit with buyers. In 1966, the convertible version outsold Chevrolet’s Impala by a nearly 2:1 ratio.

The ’66 is a first-generation Mustang that bears a strong resemblance to the original that debuted in ’64 (referred to as a ’64 1/2), but there are some tweaks: The ’66 has a slotted grille, different side ornamentation, wheel covers and gas cap. It also dropped the Falcon gauges. Once optional, round gauges became standard in 1966.

This particular Mustang borrowed from Classic Car Pal is a gorgeous driver example with about 69,000 miles on the odometer. The car wears its Emberglow paint job nicely and its Pony interior with leather-embossed seats is in great condition.

Though it has an aftermarket stereo designed to look vintage, Ford offered an optional AM/8-track in this model year and one of the first AM/FM mono car radios.

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It may not be the most valuable 1966 Mustang out there — that honor belongs to the GT350 — but the convertible is certainly the most desirable. After driving one, it’s easy to see why.

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6 COMMENTS

    • Hahaha! That aftermarket stereo is NOT an 8-track stereo, it’s a cassette stereo. Sheesh! I feel old now! She probably doesn’t even know what a cassette and an 8 track was if she saw one. Almost 20 years ago I showed a "45" to our babysitter and asked her if she knew what it was, and she guessed it was an "antique CD." Pretty good guess! But, she had never seen a record and had no idea how it worked.

      • Yea, I have an after market Mustang vintage look radio/cassette player in 65 convertible. Asked all my friends if they had any 80’s cassettes they held onto that I could have. Not a single person I know had any. Time to upgrade again to a vintage Mustang radio with blue-tooth.

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