Ford’s Mustang convertible is by far one of America’s most popular classic cars. Close to half a century old, the car made its debut in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. It looked sporty, excelled in performance and even found a place in a James Bond flick. A completely restored Mustang can bring a lot of money in the collector’s market.
What worked for the Mustang
There were several things that worked for the Mustang, the first being its affordable pricing. There was a model for every use, and with regular maintenance it had amazing durability. A well maintained mustang with a mid-60’s manufacturing tag has great resale value today.
How to choose a Mustang to restore
- Choosing the right year: You should understand what features were the highlights of each year. Between the years of 1964 and 1970, all the cars stayed true to the spirit of the brand. They were a comfortable, quick drive. In 1971, regulations demanded that the model of the car expand to include safety measures. This resulted in sales dropping. Anything between 1973 and 1979 is not as desirable to restore..
- What is the new generation? Mustang’s third generation was introduced in 1979 and had a large body. The new convertible version of the car came out in 1983. Several design changes took place on the model between 1994 and 2004, and many of the original design elements found their way back. The generation currently available was introduced in 2005.
- The ideal pick: Any model between 1964 and 1970 and then again from 1994 to the present day versions would be a good choice. If you are a first timer, then beginning with the newer models would be a better choice because the technology is easier to work with.
- The prize-winners: There are always a few models that stand out. The 1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 is one such car. Only 6 Shelby GT 350s were made in 1966. Other great models to consider are the GT 500 KR which came with a Cobra Jet engine. Limited editions such as the High Country Specials, The Boss, and GT Mustangs are also great buys.
What will need work on your Mustang convertible
- The roof: You will probably need to replace the roof. It is better to go with a darker color, as lighter roofs tend to make the vehicle look much older.
- Mechanical aspects: The cowl area of the mustangs, especially in 1965 and 1966 models are known for rusting. Floor and trunk floor pans should also be checked for rust.
Other things you should check into:
- Body work
- Paint job
- Rewiring where needed
- Tires (replacing with high performance tires is a good idea)
- Interior refurbishing
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About the Author
Drew Yagodnik is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.