Several decades after the original Ford Mustang – and its counterpart, the Mercury Cougar – debuted, both remain as popular as ever, in both stock and modified form. In recent weeks, we’ve certainly seen our fair share of Mustang and Cougar restomods cross the auction block and rake in big money as well, a trend that has perpetuated for years and shows no signs of slowing up any time soon. Now, this very nice 1966 Ford Mustang listed for sale at Bring a Trailer keeps that trend going by exuding vintage style with modern mechanicals for a can’t-miss combination.
On the outside, this 1966 Ford Mustang fastback – which was featured in a 1994 issue of Mustang & Fords magazine – looks pretty much stock. It was refinished around 30 years ago and touched up back in 2017, at which point the paint and chrome were redone, though there is at least one paint chip present. The pony car also rides on a set of vintage 14-inch wheels with BFGoodrich tires, looking like an honest example of a 1966 Mustang and little else, though it sits a bit lower thanks to some suspension modifications.
The same goes for the inside, which also looks mostly original with black vinyl seats, Ford-branded AM/FM radio, a large three-spoke steering wheel, and some upgrades that include an under-dash air conditioning unit and four auxiliary gauges, plus a Rally Pac gauge pod with a 6,000-rpm tachometer and an analog clock.
That isn’t true of the engine bay, however, which houses a 5.0L V8 taken from a Fox Body Mustang, a modern powertrain fitted with a Holley carburetor with a chrome air cleaner housing that makes it look like an old 289, cast-iron exhaust manifolds, a 2.25-inch exhaust system with a crossover pipe, and stainless-steel mufflers. It’s mated to a Tremec T5 five-speed manual transmission and a 9-inch rear axle with 3.50 gears – making for a nice, tasteful combination of new and old that’s certain to never go out of style.