Feature Vehicle of the Month
1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Owners: Jim and Julie Lane, Florida Region members
The Lane’s bought this car in 2003 in New York from the second owner. The car showed 35,000 miles on the odometer when they bought it. All the body panels and chrome bumpers are original to the car. The car was treated to a “light” restoration over a 3 year period. Over a 7 year period it was judged at numerous national Mustang Club of America and AACA events throughout the country in the Concours Trailered category.
The 289 cubic inch (4.7 liter) V-8 engine was rated at 225 horsepower which makes this a “GT” model. Amazingly, this is the original 1966 date coded engine (original cylinder bore size) that was only upgraded with hardened valve seats. Only 13% of all 1966 Mustangs made (642,500) were convertibles. Even less were GTs.
The interior has all the options for 1966 except the center console and rally-pac cluster on the steering column. This was as the car was delivered in 1966.
The car runs on “dual red line” 6.95 – 14 bias ply tires mounted on chrome styled steel wheels (an option in 1966). The trunk features the original 1966 convertible top boot cover. All the original paint drips and imperfections from the factory were purposely left “as is” during the restoration.
The Lane’s aren’t afraid to drive their “Signalflare Red” car now that it is “retired” from judged events. The car starts easily and runs smoothly down the road.
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
August 11, 2014 (Monday)