Offered by means of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company – When Henry Ford II globe-trotted to France to peer his automobiles beat Ferrari within the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he had this very Mustang ready and in a position to experience any place he selected. Promoting on the 2021 Las Vegas Public sale with No Reserve at Lot #766, this 1966 high-option convertible was once and nonetheless is in reality one among a sort and decked out with many options that merely weren’t to be had to any person else on this planet, till now ‒ just like the “HFII” emblem within the heart of the guidance wheel created only for you-know-who.
Handled to a specialised Raven Black paint with a high-gloss sheen, the outside contrasts fantastically with its white leather-based convertible most sensible. The automobile’s inside is past examine. Its distinctive bucket seats and door panels are prototypes that will sooner or later be used for the 1967/1968 Cougars. The GT Apparatus Team incorporated an AM/8-track and stereo tape participant, energy guidance, energy entrance disc brakes and an influence convertible most sensible.
Naturally, the inner’s are compatible and end is of the very very best order, particularly bearing in mind who rode this pony. Tan leather-based seating and panels make for the easiest saddle. In any case, Mr. Ford did plan to have his merchandise experience roughshod over Enzo Ferrari’s prancing horses in simply 24 hours.
The audio deal with of this Mustang is because of Ford’s first fashionable high-performance small-block V8 within the type of the solid-lifter Ok-code 289ci engine with a unmarried 4-barrel carburetor producing 271 horsepower and orchestrated with a 4-speed guide transmission. That is necessarily the similar engine structure as that used within the authentic GT40s, which in reality did race and win at Le Mans. The high-output 289 was once to begin with produced in 1963 and presented in Ford’s Fairlane and Comet, the Shelby Cobra, then the Mustang. This race-proven engine has transform a legend in its personal time, and each automotive presented with one stocks the exact same standing within the thoughts of fanatics from everywhere the arena
Out again 3.89 gears make it rev-happy, and the automobile feels like an overly businesslike boulevard marauder, even if parked or idling. Renault drivers have been most definitely mortified when Mr. Ford went by means of them.
Some say that the “Deuce” himself drove this automotive to lap the racecourse right through the 1966 opening ceremonies as honorary president of this international match.
Up entrance Lot #766 carries grille-mounted fog lighting fixtures and, out again, a twin exhaust. A quicker-ratio guidance gadget makes this Mustang the entire extra agile. Specifically designed metal wheels supply further flash to an already ordinary symbol and historical past.
This automotive lived maximum of its lifestyles in France, the place it was once displayed at a large number of Mustang-related occasions through the years.
In some ways this very Mustang is uncommon on most sensible of uncommon, bearing in mind how few Ok-code fashions have been produced, how few of them have been ever so well-equipped and the way none however this one will also be deemed a most valuable Ford blueblood.
Henry Ford II’s 1966 Ford Mustang GT Ok-Code Convertible with be promoting with No Reserve right through the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Public sale, June 17-19.