1 OF 20 FASTBACKS EVER MADE, 1 FAMILY OWNED, 1 REPAINT, VERY RARE INVESTMENT CAR
The list of fascinating features on this 1966 Ford Mustang High Country Special fastback is rather impressive. It's one of only 20 such cars (2+2's that is) ever built, it's a real-deal 289/4-speed car, has an original interior, and comes from single family ownership. If you're not familiar with the High Country Special, it was a promotional Mustang for dealers in the Rocky Mountains, showcasing a few appearance modifications and a unique pedigree.
High Country Specials only came in Columbine Blue, Timberline Green, or, as seen on our feature car, Aspen Gold. In the marketing materials, these were totally unique colors although this one is pretty close to Springtime Yellow, and thanks to a recent freshening it looks pretty darned good. No modifications aside from the parts that went into the High Country Special package, which included the special badge that came with the car to be affixed by the selling dealer. Fastback Mustangs are red-hot right now, and their values are out-pacing even the convertibles, so this one wasn't modified or altered from its original form during the cosmetic makeover. Panel gaps are decent and the paint shines up beautifully, showcasing the downright beautiful lines of the Mustang 2+2. Most of the chrome trim is new, including the bumpers, and the glass is in fantastic condition for its age.
The interior of this car remains almost entirely original and shows off good, clean living with a single family over the past five decades. The bucket seats don't show any rips or tears in the material and remain comfortable for cruising. There's also a fold-down rear seat that looks virtually unused and a set of excellent black door panels. All 1966 Mustangs got the '65 GT's 5-instrument gauge panel, with a big central speedometer flanked by auxiliary gauges, and the three-spoke steering wheel is factory-issue as well. The 4-speed shifter falls easily to hand and makes driving this little pony a real joy, so much so that you may never even turn on the AM radio that's still in the dash. Aftermarket floor mats protect the original carpets, although it could use a new trunk mat (inexpensive and easy to find). On the other hand, one glance in the trunk will convince you that this particular fastback has led a very easy life.
You could get any engine you wanted in a High Country Special, and the grandfather of the current owner specified a C-code 289 with a 2-barrel carburetor. Rated at 200 horsepower, the torquey small block V8 is entertaining on the road, particularly with the 4-speed at hand. It's nicely detailed in Ford Blue engine paint and carries all its original gear, including the big air cleaner, stamped steel valve covers, and cast iron exhaust manifolds, so it's unlikely that it's ever been raced or abused. The correct factory tags remain on the intake and carburetor, more evidence of a clean, original car, and it sports a brand new dual exhaust system that sounds just right. The undercarriage is in good order with a sturdy 8-inch rear end full of 2.80 gears, so it's a fantastic highway cruiser. Factory wire hubcaps and 6.95-14 whitewall tires complete the High Country Special look.
Rare, attractive, and properly optioned, this is a desirable car no matter how you look at it, and five years from now this price is going to seem like a bargain. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Bias Ply Tires
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Seatbelts (Rear)
- Vinyl Interior
- Build Receipts
- Maintenance Records
- Original Bill of Sale
- Owner's Manual
- Title Documentation
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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