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1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT
Lot No.: 368
Chassis Number: 8T02S213425
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Estimate (£): 27,000 - 30,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
The Ford Mustang was launched in April 1964 with the Ford Motor Company running advertising campaigns on all three major TV channels across America at the same time, a form of promotion that had never been attempted before. On the first day that the car became available, Ford sold 22,000 examples and by the end of the year, nearly half a million of these sensational motor cars had found new homes. A range of engines, body styles and styling options ensured that the Mustang had a very broad appeal. In 1965 the 'Mustang GT' was introduced and featured five dial instruments, thicker roll bars, quick ratio steering, dual exhausts that exited through the rear valance, dual mounted fog lights in the grille, and special lower body side stripes. Another popular option was the 'Rally Pac' which added a tachometer and a clock. To this day, the GT models are the most desirable and sought after of all the Mustangs.
The Fastback option became available in 1965, and the whole range was facelifted in 1967, resulting in an altogether bigger motorcar featuring additional passenger and luggage space and the choice of no less than four larger V8 engines, 289ci, 302ci, 390ci, and 428ci capacity. The four-barrel 390ci (6.4 litre) unit had debuted in the Thunderbird, and with 325bhp on tap enabled the revised Pony Car to record a standing quarter mile time of 13 seconds. A 1968, GT390 2+2 in Highland Green has gone on to be immortalised by its starring role in the Steve McQueen film 'Bullitt'.
HUM 321G is a 1968, 390GT and was imported into the UK in 2004 having had one previous owner prior to our vendor. Since then it has enjoyed pride of place in a main dealer showroom, only coming out for MoTs and short dry trips to keep everything moving. The condition of this rare GT would suggest that it may have had a degree of restoration in America at some point in the past, however, there is no documentation to prove this point.
Happily though, the car is accompanied by some magnificent original documents including an original Service Book with no less than 109 main dealer service stickers. These show oil and filter changes every 2,000 miles approximately, the last one being on the 10th of January 1998. There is also a 'Standard Practice' leaflet and the all important 'Vehicle Build Sheet', showing the paint code and all options fitted to this car. Internally, the car appears to be in its original state showing a nice level of patina and a period working 8-Track sound system.
This is a lovely package that would be a worthy addition to any collection.