Mustang Timeline: 1966

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Not much changed for Mustang in 1966. The grille design changed a bit--the 1966 models had the running pony inside the corral free-floating on horizontal grille bars. The side trim was slightly revised and a restyled gas cap completed the exterior changes. On the interior, the instrument panel was redesigned with five round gauges, replacing the panel borrowed from the Ford Falcon for previous model years. Ford broke the 1,000,000 Mustang mark in 1966--18 months after its introduction. To celebrate, Ford released the Sprint 200 Mustang. They were mechanically identical to other six-cylinder Mustangs, but had a chrome air cleaner and a special engine decal which read "Mustang powered Sprint 200."

The rear seat returned and more colors were offered on 1966 Shelby Mustangs, making them more consumer-friendly. The vents behind the windows were replaced with quarter windows on 1966 Shelbys to allow for more visibility. The fuel door wore a Cobra logo rather than the pony & tribar from '65. The first roughly 300 1966 Shelby G.T. 350s didn't get the "G.T. 350" decklid badge, but the rest did.

Hertz corporation ordered 1,001 of the G.T. 350s to offer as rentals. The side stripes read "G.T. 350H", but the cars became know as "Rent-a-Racers." Some cunning Mustang owners would rent the Shelbys, swap the motor with the motor in their Mustangs, and return them to Hertz. At $17 per day and 17 cents per mile, it was a good bargain for a Shelby engine. It was "uncool" to own a former rental car, so many of the cars were debadged after they were decommissioned. Thanks to the Shelby American Automobile Association, however, many of these cars have been found. More than 800 were made in black, and the other 200 or so were divided between red, green, blue, and white. Only the black models and a few white ones had stripes on the hood, but many owners added them to the other cars during restoration.

Only six Shelby G.T. 350 Convertibles were produced in 1966, all different colors, making them the rarest of Mustang convertibles. Shelby also produced 11 supercharged 1966 G.T.350S

In 1966 there were 333 High Country Specials produced. Only 35 of the 333 were convertibles. The High Country Special was a promotion that Ford ran from 1966-68. The Mustangs came in three special colors: Timberline Green, Columbine Blue, and Aspen Gold. All came with special emblems that dealers were free to mount where they wanted. They were only sold in Colorado, Wyoming, and parts of Nebraska. For more information on High Country Specials visit CaliforniaSpecial.com.

Engines
200cid 1V 6-cyl 120 hp   T Code
289cid 2V V-8 200 hp   C Code
289cid 4V V-8 225 hp   A Code
289cid* 4V V-8 271 hp Hi-Po K Code
289cid** 4V V-8 306 hp    
289cid*** 4V V-8 390 hp    

*Also available on Shelby G.T. 350
**Shelby G.T. 350-R
***Shelby G.T. 350S


Prices
Convertible, standard $2,652
Coupe, standard $2,416
Fastback, standard $2,607
Shelby G.T. 350 $4,428

Production
Convertible, standard 56,409
Convertible, bench seats 3,190
Convertible, luxury 12,520
Coupe, standard 422,416
Coupe, bench seats 21,397
Coupe, luxury 55,938
Fastback, standard 27,809
Fastback, luxury 7,889
Total 607,568
Shelby Production
G.T. 350 1,368
G.T. 350 Convertible 4
G.T. 350 H (Hertz) 1,001
G.T. 350 Race cars 4
G.T. 350S (Supercharged) 11
Total 2,388

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Colors

Antique Bronze
Arcadian Blue
Brittany Blue
Candy Apple Red*
Dark Moss Green (late '66)
Emberglo
Ivy Green Metallic*
Light Beige
Maroon Metallic
Medium Palomino Metallic
Medium Silver Metallic
Nightmist Blue
Raven Black*
Sahara Beige
Sapphire Blue (Shelby only)
Sauterne Gold
Signalflare Red
Silver Blue
Silver Blue Metallic
Silver Frost
Springtime Yellow
Tahoe Turquoise
Vintage Burgundy
Wimbledon White*
*Also available on Shelbys


Vehicle Identification Numbers
6 Last digit of model year
R Assembly plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)
07 Body code (07-coupe, 08-convertible, 09-Fastback)
C Engine code
100001 Consecutive unit number

Example:

6R07C100001

Shelby Vehicle Identification Numbers
SFM Shelby Ford Mustang
6 Last digit of model year
S S-Street, R-Race
0001 Consecutive unit number

Example:

SFM5S001

Related Links ()
Photos
Coupe
Dearborn Assembly Plant
Sprint

photo by Brad Bowling
High Country Special
Scott Pearson's
Charles Murray's Convertible
Charles Murray's Convertible

courtesy
Belgian Mustang Site

courtesy
Belgian Mustang Site
Convertible
Mark Dorner's
Mark Dorner's
Mark Dorner's
Mark Dorner's
Mark Dorner's
Mark Dorner's
Mark Dorner's
Mark Dorner's
Auburn Henderson's
Auburn Henderson's
Auburn Henderson's
Fastback
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
German T-5
GT Coupe
Chris Haklitch's Dad's
Chris Haklitch's Dad's
GT Convertible
GT Fastback
Shelby
G.T. 350 Convertible
G.T. 350 Convertible
Blue G.T. 350H
Blue G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
White G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Red G.T. 350H
Green G.T. 350H
Black G.T. 350H
Black G.T. 350H
Black G.T. 350H
G.T. 350R

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