Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
You've always wanted a Mustang, but by the time you were old enough to afford one, they were all priced out of reach. Well, guess again, because this bright red V8-powered 1968 Mustang convertible hits all the right notes with a surprisingly reasonable bottom line. Powered by a strong-running 302 V8 and featuring an array of great option, this original S-code droptop is a slick Pony that's an absolute blast to drive.
You don't need a big block or fake GT350 stripes to have a lot of fun in a Mustang ragtop. The fire-breathing V8 muscle that we expect today is a legend created by a select few, while a great majority of Mustang buyers were perfectly content to motor around in cars just like this one, and the 302 is plenty potent, don't worry about that. With a shade of paint that's very close to Candyapple Red, it sure looks the part of first-class summertime fun, but it hasn't been over-restored, modified, or converted to some kind of tribute to something it never was in the first place. The bodywork is quite straight, and it sure looks like this car has lived all its life without experiencing the misery of winter weather, and while the paint isn't perfect (but what in this world actually is?), you'll enjoy putting a coat of wax on it next Saturday. A white C-stripe, Gt-style fog lights, and a luggage rack on the deck lid all work to provide a little further character to the presentation, and you'll also be pleased to show this one off, because the chrome is good, all the badges are intact, and the grille is excellent, so the only thing left to do is flick the key and go for a cruise.
Inside, the beautiful Parchment interior looks quite correct and is in great condition, and you'll appreciate it the moment you put the top down in the sun. The pleated seats look like they have been cared for since they were restored, and the aftermarket middle console is a bit taller than what you'd expect inside the cabin, but it provides added storage room and a couple of very convenient cup holders. Despite being one of the most accessory-friendly cars of all time, the interior is remarkably stock, including some very nice door panels, recent black carpets, and a very cool wood-trimmed steering wheel that looks like it belongs in a much more expensive car, and matches the wood applique on the dash and door panels. Even the non-GT models got a pretty complete array of gauges, all of which are in original condition with clear lenses and bright markings. R134a A/C is arguably the best option of all and the stereo is amazingly still the original Philco, although it is due for an upgrade. A trim-fitting white power convertible top fits neatly under a matching parchment boot, making this a handsome car, top up or top down.
This Mustang is an original S-Code car, which means it was born with a 390 V8, but at some point in its life it was swapped out for the more manageable and common 302 V8. For years, the 302, AKA the 5.0, has been a mainstay of Mustang performance. This same engine worked well in late-model Mustangs, and with a 4-barrel carburetor and stock intake manifold, it's peppy around town with a nice grumble to the Magnaflow dual exhaust. It has been recently dressed up with Ford Blue valve covers and snorkeled air cleaner, plus Ford Blue paint on the block to finish the period look. There's a sizeable radiator up front and power brakes and power steering makes it easy to handle around town. Even more important is the tidy chassis, which includes signs of regular maintenance and coilovers in the rear, so it feels quite tight. The C4 3-speed automatic transmission feeds a set of highway-friendly gears, and with a small block V8 up front, the ride is comfortable and braking secure. Beautiful styled GT wheels are framed by a set of 215/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials that have a lot of life left in them.
Documented with maintenance records and a Deluxe Marti Report, you too can find out what early Mustang owners already knew: the 1968 convertible is a great choice. Call today!
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