Your Ride: Fred’s Gorgeous ’68 Mustang Convertible
Everyone remembers the first car they really felt a longing towards. For the youngsters of the 1960s, there’s a good chance it was the iconic Ford Mustang. And for BoldRide reader Fred E., that was exactly the case. When the 1968 Mustang rolled off the production line, Fred – then a senior in high school – knew he had to have one, but at the time he couldn’t make it happen. Fast-forward 46 years and he’s the proud owner of quite a special one. Read on to learn more about Fred’s nicely preserved drop-top ’68. PHOTOS: Check out pictures of Steve McQueen's 1968 Ford Mustang from 'Bullitt'
Where did you get your ride?
I have a 14-year old son who loves classic cars, and after so many years of not having a Mustang, I decided we ought to go out and finally get one – I knew it was now or never. We found our perfect Mustang at the 2013 Kansas City Mecum Auction. However, I almost didn’t even get the car! It was quickly going out of my price range, but the Mecum employee told me to bid just once more. I increased my bid by $500, and the car was mine. Three days later, it arrived at my doorstep in Florida.
Any unique history?
Gabus Ford in Des Moines, Iowa, sold this ‘68 Mustang in December 1968. After five years of ownership, it was later traded back in to the same Ford dealership, and Mr. Gabus decided to put it into his private collection. It stayed there until his death, along with 12 other cars, that were later consigned to Mecum by his family. Originally, the asking price in 1968 was $4,063.
What drew you in when you first bought it?
I was drawn to this Mustang mainly because it was a ’68 convertible, a car I remember so fondly from my youth. It has the 289ci V8 and of over 317,000 models produced that year, only 25,385 were convertibles and only 2,175 were painted in Highland Green like this one. It has the automatic transmission, factory A/C, power steering, power brakes, and a power top.
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Does the Mustang have a name?
Not really, we just call it ‘the convertible.’
What do you feel like when you drive it?
It makes me feel young again when we take it out for a drive. We always get tons of people wanting to talk about the car, and they usually tell me their past classic Mustang stories. We also enjoy going to car shows and collector meets; out of three recent shows we entered, we’ve placed 1st in two of them.
What you would change about your car, if anything?
I wouldn’t change anything about the car, but sometimes I do think of how a 429ci motor would feel! Regardless, it has been a journey to get to where we are now with the car. Best of all, it has enabled my son and I to bond in a really great way. I plan on leaving it to him to enjoy after I am gone.
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What have you done to make it bolder?
Although the paint, body, and interior were in great condition when I bought the car, there was still a lot of work to be done on the Mustang. The motor was removed, sandblasted, and repainted along with the engine bay. All hoses were replaced and many of the other ancillaries under the hood are new. There were two small rust spots under the hood – we fixed those.
The motor has 108,000 miles on it but we haven’t had to go through it. It underwent a respray in 2002, and last year I put on new Michelin tires and replaced the radio. Other than that, everything else is as it left the factory in ’68.
Dream accessory for it and why?
Nothing, we love it! We live in Florida…luckily it has A/C.
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