1968 Mustang 390 GT Convertible

Posted by admin | Notable Mustang Auctions | Monday 4:30 pm

1236528542img22a1968 Mustang 390 GT Convertible

Wow! This is really an amazing car! Any bets on what the final price will be? The "buy it now" is $69,900.00 but I'm guessing it will be shy of that. Maybe on the live auction floor at Barrett-Jackson, but not quite as likely on eBay. But you never know. - View Auction

This is certainly one of the prime collectible Mustangs; a 1968 big block 390-4bbl convertible and it's in gorgeous shape. The Acapulco Blue with the immaculate Parchment interior and convertible top are a very striking combo. And that undercarriage is just a work of art. It literally could have just rolled off the assembly line back in 1968.

Here's the description by the seller:

Here's a cool keeper from Dearborn: A beautifully restored, numbers matching Mustang GT 390 4 speed convertible! Gorgeous in Acapulco Blue over parchment, restored from new convertible top to new suspension and documented by its Marti report this is an awesome looking, investment grade pony car!

Marti lists the options below:

Mustang Convertible-------$2814.22
GT Equipment Group------$146.75
390 CID-- 325 HP V8------$263.70
4 Speed (w/390 CID V8)--$233.28
Power Convertible Top----$52.90
Power Steering--------------$85.29
Power Front Disc Brakes--$64.67
Push Button Radio(AM)---$61.42
Center Console--------------$53.72
Whitewall Tire Option-----$33.30
Wide-Oval Tire Option----$78.55 (Marti has them both coded)

Shipped new to Hayes Motor Company in Sioux City, Nebraska, this muscle car was delivered to its new owner nine days after it was built. Aesthetically the car differs from new with its new parchment interior rather than the original medium blue, and the new parchment top matches the new interior and the white GT "C" stripe better than the original black top. It's hard to argue with the result!

Marketers hyped the 1968 Ford Mustang as "The Great Original" and "the most exciting car on the American road." The shape certainly helps: Crease lines ran from the expertly finished upper front fenders to loop around simulated scoops ahead of the rear wheels before running forward into the lower doors. The 1968 grille, more deeply inset and retaining its galloping horse, is as new. New GT fog lamps seem to "float" within the grille. Stainless trim from the reveal moldings down are as new, the top is new, the paint is fresh, straight and clean, the taillights and other chrome accents are new and the chrome wheels with their Firestone Wide Oval F70x14 tires are new. The result is an extremely attractive, eye catching car done to a very high standard!

With federal safety and emissions standards now in force nationwide, some Mustang engines were detuned for '68, but the 390's rating actually went up a little to 335. This engine, original to the car, was completely rebuilt along with the rest of the car and has gone fewer than 20 miles since it was finished. Aside from the new paint and chrome valve covers and air cleaner lid, there's a full compliment of ECS Automotive stickers and decals, date coded spark plugs and battery cables, the correct Autolite battery and more. Inspection stickers dot the firewall while a re-cored radiator sits up front. Correct reproduction hoses carry all fluids from antifreeze to power steering. The original Holley carb sits under the air cleaner and the original distributor sits up front with the original water pump. Suffice to say there's not a lot of room for improvement here!

Engineers are a persistent lot, and all '68 Mustangs got more detail refinements. The front suspension was again tweaked to improve ride and handling. Just as laudable, the available power front-disc brakes switched from fixed to "floating" calipers which provided extra stopping power with no extra pedal effort. Ford recognized the necessity of front discs for hot Mustangs by making them a mandatory option with the 390 and 427 engines. For its restoration, new steering components, new brake lines, hoses and hard parts along with all new fuel components were installed underneath this car. Correctly applied red oxide primer with black overspray shields crisp sheet metal and inspection marks and details abound under here. Ford's 9" rear with 3.25 gears runs out back with a full rebuild. There's a new, correct exhaust system from head pipes to resonators to the crossflow muffler to the quad tips. Bare metal parts are protected for the long haul, though, so get out and enjoy this one!

Slide behind the deluxe wheel and sit on the freshly restored seat. There's a new wood grain knob on the Hurst shifter to keep your right hand busy while new pedal pads feel great under your feet. The fresh dash rides under a new dash pad, new carpeting and new sill plates make the floor look like new and new door panels sit at your side. The original AM radio works in its location above the very cool roll top console door, the gauges all work and all lights and indicators light as they should. Beauty and function? You bet!

From its deep finish to its restored chassis this is a 'stang on the move. This '68 is the very definition of an investment grade Mustang! A convertible, numbers matching, Marti report and a very cool big block and four speed combo—they don't make '68 Mustangs much hotter than this!

Share

3 Comments »

  1. Comment by mike cantin — @ 10:27 am

    hi , i have been looking for some good engine compartment and undercarrige pictures for years . these are awsome. i am in the proscess of restoring a 68 390 gt 4 speed conv but in candy apple red with white int.i have been working on it for 20 years off and on .these pictures will help thanks for sharing them . mike

  2. Comment by StangGuy — @ 3:08 am

    I agree, Ebay doesn’t tend to generate a whole lot of money for muscle cars anymore. I think it will go for $50k, it’s one sweet Mustang.

  3. Comment by Ford mustang — @ 4:59 pm

    That’s a great looking car.The underside it awesome.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment