A well-loved example of the iconic Notchback Mustang in 289 cu in V8 form
Imported from Florida in 2018 by its first and current UK owner
Much work done since import including interior, exterior and mechanical attention
Partial engine rebuild in 2019
The legendary Lee Iaccoca of Ford championed the Mustang into existence in 1964 and created a whole new genre of car in the process. The Mustang was the first of the so called “Pony Cars” which all shared a key set of attributes including a long bonnet, big engine, and rear wheel drive in a compact, affordable, and stylish package.
This example looks great in its Bullitt inspired paintwork and has benefitted from an ongoing program of restoration since being acquired by the current owner in 2019. The result is a well sorted and highly useable example with the potential for the new lucky owner to improve it further still with some simple finishing jobs.
The History and Paperwork
Not too much is known about the car’s American life
It was imported by the current owner from Florida in 2018
The Mustang has seemingly benefitted from the dry and warm Floridian climate
The current owner became the first UK keeper when the car was registered here in 2019
Since then, the car has undergone a rolling restoration
A good selection of paperwork is included with the car
This includes the current V5 in the name of the owner
There are various documents relating to the import and UK registration
A number of invoices are on hand, documenting some key work undertaken
The Mustang is registered as a historic vehicle
As a result, the car is understood to be MOT and VED exempt
One of the key design criteria for the Mustang was that it could seat four
As a result, the car’s interior is surprisingly spacious and commodious
It presents very well with its white vinyl seats and door cards being in excellent shape
The seat covers have been replaced in its current ownership by Plush Interiors of Leicester
New carpets have also been recently fitted and, hence, are in excellent condition
The headlining was newly fitted in 2020 by US car specialists, Moonshine Motors
The original black dashboard is in a fine, original condition
A deep dished chrome and leather sports steering wheel is fitted
The rear parcel shelf requires a trim piece to cover the body shell apertures
The original door card arm rests are currently missing
The large boot remains untrimmed giving a good indication of the great condition of the floor pan
Overall, it’s a great and period correct interior
Just a couple of minor areas would benefit from finishing with much of the hard work done
The Mustang has benefitted from a full exterior respray in 2019
This was undertaken by Custom Paintworks of Stoke on Trent
The owner specified extra metallic flake to be added to the paint for extra “pop”
The colourway is inspired by the “Steve McQueen Green” of the famous Bullitt Mustang
The paintwork presents very well with a machine mop and polish likely to pay dividends
There is a small crack in the paintwork (pictured) on the offside rear wing
The chrome work of the bumpers, grill and window surrounds is bright and original
Some trim pieces and badges are currently missing
The fixing holes for these are evident on the body ahead of the B pillars
These could easily be sourced and affixed by a new owner if required
The Mustang sits on 15x7 “telephone dial” alloys which are in a fine condition
These were understood to have been reconditioned in 2021
All light lenses and cabin glass appears original and in great, used condition
Screen rubbers have been replaced front and rear
The underside has recently been professionally cleaned and sealed
The Mustang is powered by the obligatory 289 cu in, small block V8 engine
A well proven and robust unit originally producing well over 200bhp
Power is fed to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic gearbox
The Mustang has benefitted from much mechanical work in its current tenure
This includes a partial engine rebuild in 2019 undertaken by J&S Automotive
This comprised fitting new stem seals, top end gaskets and thermostat
A new upgraded aluminium radiator was also fitted at this point
The timing was also set at this juncture and fuel hoses were replaced
In 2020 inner and outer track rod ends were replaced
The starter motor was also reconditioned at this time
In 2021 a full service was performed
This included a gearbox oil flush, carburettor, and brake service
A recent 4-wheel alignment has been undertaken
The car has undergone an annual health check by specialists, Built by Mike
As a result of this diligent care the car is reported to be in fine mechanical condition
It has enjoyed regular trips to shows and family events including motorway runs
The original chromed air cleaner body (not pictured) will be included with the car
When someone mentions an American sports car, it is hard not to imagine the muscular profile of the original Mustang, probably in this favoured “Notchback” configuration. Steve McQueen’s action thriller “Bullitt,” that did so much to promote the Mustang, coincidentally was released in 1968, the year of this very car.
This is a great example of this original Pony Car with a low, original mileage and benefitting from an extensive programme of restoration and refurbishment. All the major work has been professionally undertaken, resulting in a highly useable and eye-catching classic. Some minor finishing work will likely result in a truly first-class example of this iconic American sports coupe.
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1968 Ford Mustang 289 V8 Auto Coupe LHD
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