Meet my father and ride along in his award-winning 1966 Ford Mustang
A few weeks ago, Robin and I went to a wedding in Vermont. On our way up, we stopped to visit my parents in upstate New York. My father has been a collector of vintage Ford Mustangs for nearly 20 years and I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to share his collection with everyone here. This was the perfect time.
Over the years, my dad has curated a meticulous collection of three unrestored vehicles: a 1966 “Springtime Yellow” convertible, a 1968 “Brittany Blue” coupe and the pièce de résistance, a 1966 “Emberglo” coupe. That last one is pretty special as it took top prize in the Preservation Class at the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance. (It’s actually in the September 2017 issue of Classic Car magazine.)
An interesting fact is that my dad’s very first car was a Mustang – a 1970 – and mine was as well. In high school and throughout my undergraduate years, I rode around in a red 1989 hatchback. It was the best.
Check out a bit about each car below, visit my dad’s website for all the details and be sure to ride along with us in the video above!
1966 “Springtime Yellow” Convertible
Purchased in September 2005, my father is the third registered owner. With 80,000 miles, this Mustang retains all of its original body panels and approximately 95-percent of its original paint. The interior, and trunk compartment is all original and untouched. The convertible top was replaced in 2006 and the engine was pulled and detailed also in 2006. The underside is clean and rust free and still shows signs of factory applied undercoating and body primer. A consistent winner at regional Mustang and local shows it has also participated in regional Antique Automobile Club of America events with a 1st place award.
1968 “Brittany Blue” Coupe
My father purchased this Mustang on November 12, 2015. It was built at the Metuchen, New Jersey plant on November 13, 1967, delivered to the Smith-Cairns Motor Sales Co. in Bronxville, New York and purchased on December 20, 1967. This car was registered and driven until placed in storage in November 1998 with 48,122 documented miles.
After approximately 14 years in storage the Mustang was purchased by Jeff Gill in April 2012 and underwent a cosmetic restoration beginning in 2014. The restoration began with the intent of maintaining as much of the originality as possible. With original rust free body panels, a fresh coat of Brittany Blue paint was applied. Added was a reflective C stripe tape, along with a low-gloss, black paint application to the hood louvers. The rust free undercarriage was cleaned and detailed and a dual exhaust was also added.
This Mustang is an excellent example of how an original car can still maintain its originality when combined with a carefully planned cosmetic restoration. It was obvious that a total restoration of this Mustang was not necessary. As one who appreciates original cars, my father opted to retain the original seat covers and the original instrument bezel.
1966 “Emberglo” Coupe
A near perfect example of an unrestored car featuring the rare metallic “Emberglo” paint, it was assembled in Dearborn, Michigan on June 10, 1966 and shipped to Campbell Ford Inc. in Waterbury, Connecticut, where it was purchased by the original owner on July 7, 1966.
This car retains 100-percent of its original paint, body panels, chrome, interior, motor and transmission. It has never been disassembled and is totally rust-free from top to bottom. It has received regular maintenance and replacement of normal wear parts, such as tires, brakes, belts, hoses, battery, etc. I have the original title, window sticker, owner’s manual, warranty card and other miscellaneous documentation.
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