Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This 1967 Ford Mustang Lone Star Limited 'Bluebonnet Special' is one of those rare pieces of American vintage motoring that collectors dream of. For those of you not familiar with the Lone Star Limited, it was a 1967-only Mustang coupe developed by Ford as part of a regional initiative to combat increased competition from Chevrolet and Dodge. Maybe you've heard of the California Special Mustang, or even the Colorado-exclusive High-Country Mustang, both of which Ford developed on a limited basis as part of the same marketing initiative. Those special edition cars are rare and very valuable in their own right, but even they don't quite capture the exclusivity of this lovely Bluebonnet. With only 175 of these Lone Stars ever produced for Texas dealers, this beautifully restored coupe is truly among the top contenders for A-list status in the Mustang world.
The Lone Star Limited edition cars were only produced as hardtop coupes, and they were specifically built by Ford at the request of powerful Texas dealers. These dealerships were fighting with rather soft sales of the Mustang and wanted promotional vehicles just like the California Specials being issued out West. As a direct result, the Bluebonnets were born to represent the great state of Texas inside several top showrooms in the state. The upgrades were purely cosmetic, but nevertheless the look was a hit, featuring a GT-hood with built-in turn signal indicators, stylish rocker panel moldings, dealer-installed Lone Star Limited emblems made in the shape of Texas, styled steel wheels, an upgraded interior, and most memorable of all: the Bluebonnet Blue paint. This special-order paint color (note the blank entry for color code on the door tag) was meant to match the Texas state flower, and it was immediately popular both in Texas and abroad. This particular Lone Star accurately embodies that original look, with a faithful, very high-quality repaint done to a high standard, along with shiny chrome and brightwork that really pops under our lights. With only very minor imperfections to speak of, the restorers took their time researching and getting this build exactly right, resulting in a 2-year project that turned out this spectacular car. All the correct Lone Star bits are still present and accounted for, and because of all the attention this Pony garners you should be prepared to explain the car more thoroughly to the people who aren't quite sure what they're looking at, although everyone seems to agree that this is a very special Mustang.
The completely restored interior is pretty much the same as what you'd find in other Mustang coupes, but that's always a good thing, since in 1967 Ford was hitting on all eight cylinders in the design department. Personally, we really love combination of light blue bodywork and two-tone blue buckets, which gives the car a very upscale air, and allows for the Texas-only theme to continue throughout the interior. The steering wheel is a beautiful, ornate piece that adds a luxurious flavor to the Mustang, and it's in fantastic condition. According to the Marti Report, the original Dallas dealer took it easy on options (although there weren't a ton available in 1967 anyway), but it includes a special edition vinyl-covered shifter for the Cruise-O-Matic below that's mated to the V8 under the hood (a portion of the 175 total Bluebonnets were offered as six cylinder Sprints, making this V8 highly desirable), seatbelts, and factory A/C, making this car easy to drive regularly. The gauges appear to be the original units and are in excellent condition, and modest upgrades include a digital reproduction of a Mustang-issued Jenson AM/FM/Cassette player in the dash along with a middle console that provides extra storage and two cup holders in between the front seats. Open the rear deck lid and you'll find an impeccably restored, standard coupe trunk that houses a full-size spare, with no issues hiding under the correct plaid mats.
The engine is a C-code 289 V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor, and in the lightweight coupe, it's a great performer. Rebuilt along with the rest of the restoration only 1,020 miles ago, we strongly believe it to be the car's original motor, but because Ford did not stamp VINs on their blocks back then, there is no way to 100% confirm this claim. Open the hood and you'll find an expertly detailed engine bay that's been properly maintained and shows off its Lone Star Limited original chrome air cleaner and correct "Powered by Ford" matching valve covers. Even the little stuff is right, including the Ford windshield washer bag, the A/C compressor, and all the proper engine bay decals are where they're supposed to be. It runs extremely well and makes great torque, and the 3-speed automatic transmission shifts unobtrusively. Out back there's a 9-inch with 2.79 gears inside, so this Bluebonnet is an easy cruiser on the highway. The H-pipe dua
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