Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pleasanton Street Sighting - 1967 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

Regular readers of this blog may know that one of my traditions is not shooting and featuring every classic Ford Mustang I see. This is California, land of the rust-free classic, the muscle car, and the surviving old Mustang. The early ones are a dime a dozen, figuratively speaking, yet late first-generation cars don't show up as often. Post-1966 convertibles are quite uncommon out my way. So in keeping with my other tradition of photographing whatever car evokes a reaction from me, we examine this '67 Mustang GT.

Admittedly, it seems like most classic Mustangs are red with black interiors. It's a cliched color combination, but people do it because it works. In 1967 the primary red color was Candyapple Red as (presumably) seen on this example, which also sports a Raven Black side stripe just above the rockers. GT models got the Special Handling Package of uprated springs, shocks and front stabilizer bar; front fog lamps, front power disc brakes, styled steel wheels, quad-tip dual exhaust and special badging and stripes. It could have a 289 or 390 V8 under the hood.

This one has an aftermarket tachometer to the right of the steering column. Note that a factory tach was available but not ordered; it would have been mounted to the right of the speedometer. This car also does not have air conditioning, and the factory radio has been replaced by a contemporary unit with a cassette tape player. There's a baseball cap covering what should be a four-speed manual floor shifter. If you wanted an automatic GT, you could buy a Mustang GTA which had all the same equipment, but a SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic in place of the 4-speed.

This car is really in beautiful condition and caught my attention far better than most '67s. It's a lovely little warm-weather toy that doesn't cost a lot of cash or headaches to maintain, leaving more time and money for family-friendly driving fun.

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