1968 Ford Mustang Coupe
1968 Ford Mustang Coupe
- California Car
- Numbers Matching 289 V8
- New Powering Steering
- American Racing Wheels
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“It's inevitable… Mustangs have more fun.” – Ford Mustang 1968 magazine advertisement
In American automotive history, the Ford Mustang stands as a legendary success, right up there with the Model T. As Motor Trend noted in 2013: “The Mustang is one of the best automotive success stories of all time, with the car and community growing ever popular. Now, 50 years later, more than 8.7 million Mustangs have been sold and counting. Many of the early classic Mustangs are still out there attending car shows while being meticulously maintained by owners who know the importance and value of an early model pony.”
Offered here in Jade Green metallic over black is a well maintained, lightly refreshed 1968 Mustang hardtop 289. The California car's odometer shows 117,514 miles, or roughly just 2,300 miles per-year on average since new.
The dark green metallic paint was professionally applied (including on the interior of the trunk and the door jambs) and shows excellent gloss with few signs of aging; there is no fading or dullness. Body-panel fit is very good (at or above factory standards) and free of damage: no dings, dents, or other imperfections. Characteristic Mustang design features—front grille, hood indents, notchback roof, and rear valance—all show very well. Chrome trim (including glass surrounds) is factory-complete and in very good condition with some age-and-use-related patina (on door handles, for example). Factory emblems—including the running-horse grille emblem, Mustang script fender badges, “289” engine-designation badges, M-u-s-t-a-n-g letters on the rear deck and F-o-r-d on the hood, and gas-cap Mustang emblem—are all in place. Cabin glass and all lighting lenses are clear and undamaged. Period-correct, five-spoke American Racing® chrome wheels are mounted with raised-white-letter Douglas G/T® performance tires.
The condition of all the interior surfaces is good-to-excellent. Vertically pleated black vinyl upholstery on the original, low-back front buckets and rear bench is free of rips or tears. Square-weave black cabin carpeting shows virtually no wear. Tastefully designed stock door trim mirrors the seat upholstery; window cranks are chrome and no speakers have been cut into the doors. Door-sill trim is in good condition with signs of wear from regular use. The factory-installed black steering wheel (with Mustang logo and aftermarket leather rim-cover) frames the analog instrument cluster with a large 120-mph speedometer and related engine-monitoring and other gauges. Condition of the dashboard overall is excellent; lenses are clear and graphic markings are legible. Some chrome-on-plastic trim is slightly worn. The Mustang emblem is properly in place facing the front passenger. The full-length console houses the shift lever for the automatic transmission. Console metal trim is worn in places.
Under the hood, the numbers-matching Ford 289-cubic-inch V8 retains its stock appearance (including the correct orange “289” air-cleaner-sticker) with no aftermarket brightwork added. Air cleaner and stamped valve covers wear the correct Ford-blue paint. All components appear factory-correct; wiring and hoses are properly routed. New power-steering has been installed. Viewed from below, the chassis is complete and undamaged. Surface rust is present on a number of untreated surfaces, but there is no indication of body-panel rust.
The car's original metal data plates remain properly riveted in place.
While the more than 140 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '68 Mustang in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
Owning a vintage Mustang has many advantages: Numerous Mustang Clubs with involved, experienced members ready to share advice, ample aftermarket parts availability, and easy owner maintenance, to name just three. But perhaps the greatest satisfaction comes in the comments and compliments these cars generate at almost every gas stop or drive-in visit. America loves vintage Mustangs.