1966 Mustang Coupe

 
1966 Mustang Story

I am the working man's mustang. No power brakes, no power steering. Just a 289 V8, Cruise-O-Matic transmission, and for a little taste of luxury, an AM radio, heater and whitewall tires. All for a total invoice price of $2466.73. I was delivered to my first owner at Jim Skinner Ford in Birmingham, AL in September of 1966. $2525.00 out the door with tax and license and financed for 36 months with an affordable monthly payment of $80. What a bargain.

 

I wasn't always this beautiful. In the late '80s with about 65K on my clock, I was tired and showing my age. I had never been in an accident, but my original paint was getting mighty thin. Luckily for me, my future second owner had his eye on me for quite a while and could look past the rust spots and tattered interior to see my true potential. My restoration began shortly after he purchased me, and as an MCA Gold Card judge, no detail was overlooked.

With all original sheet metal and trim and my born-with drive train still intact, I offered a pretty good starting point. I was dissembled, cleaned up and prepped for a fresh coat of raven black paint. My engine and transmission were rebuilt to factory specifications, and I was fitted with new red upholstery. My rusty bumpers were triple chrome plated and gleam like the day I rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn, MI.

 

My show career began in the early '90s with a first place win at the John Bleakley Ford National in 1991. After fine-tuning my appearance to strict MCA standards, I was on the show circuit continuously from 1994 through 2015 winning MCA Gold many times, three times at MCA Grand National events. I'm no trailer queen -- I competed in the Concours Driven class and was driven to shows throughout my home state of Alabama as well as Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina. I've been scrutinized by the best MCA Gold Card judges in the business and have repeatedly scored 695 points or higher.

 

One of my fondest memories, stretching my legs on the Charlotte Motor Speedway at the Mustang 35th Anniversary show:

My achievements were recently recognized by the MCA, and I was awarded retirement status from competition. Time to let another Mustang bask in the spotlight. I now live in Oregon with my third owner, and I'm happy for a sunny day and an open stretch of country two-lane.

 

Life is good!

 
 

AWARDS

DATE

EVENT

RESULT

09/02/94

Gulf Coast Grand National

First Place

06/25/95

Great Smokies National

Gold

10/15/95

Tennessee Valley National

Gold

03/31/96

Gulf Coast Nationals

Gold

09/01/96

MCA 20th Anniversary

Gold

05/10/97

Rocket City Mustang Club

First Place

08/31/97

Oklahoma Grand National

Gold

09/27/97

Music City Mustang Club

Best of Show

03/29/98

Gulf Coast Nationals

Gold

09/05/98

Music City Grand National

Gold

04/18/99

Mustang 35th Anniversary

Gold

06/20/99

Southern National

Gold

1999

Tennessee Valley National

Gold

03/26/00

Gulf Coast Nationals

Gold

06/18/00

Southern Hospitality National

Gold

2000

AACA National Spring Meet

First Place

05/27/01

Nashville Odyssey National

Gold

03/25/01

Gulf Coast National

Gold

2001

AACA National Spring Meet

First Place

03/23/02

Gulf Coast National

Gold

04/18/04

Mustang 40th Anniversary

Gold

09/03/06

MCA 30th Anniversary

Award of Excellence

04/19/09

Mustang 45th Anniversary

Award of Excellence

03/28/10

Gulf Coast National

Gold

10/24/15

MOTAA Fall National

First Place

07/14/91

John Bleakley Ford National

First Place

 

DOCUMENTATION

Original owner's manual and keys

Original owner's manual and original keys

... the end ... or my next beginning.