California Pony:

1966 Ford Mustang Coupe

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By spring of 1966, the 1,000,000th Ford Mustang was being built. The pony car craze had taken over the country like a big thundering herd of wild horses.

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Half a Century later, a flourishing restoration industry ensures that enthusiastic owners have access to 1,000s of new parts, making sure they can enjoy their vintage Mustangs in perpetuity.

It is quite refreshing to encounter a matching numbers California survivor that has been kept largely original, is currently registered and needs nothing to be used right away.
Both the original 1966 black-and-yellow California license plates are still on the car, almost 53 years after it was first registered.

Manufactured on April 6th, 1966 at the San Jose plant, VIN *6R07A181784* was was ordered by the Los Angeles sales office, to be sold at Birdsall Ford, located on 1826 Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, California.

Door mounted data plate decodes for Silver Blue paint, a blue on blue interior, "A" code 289 V-8 engine with 4-barrel carburetion, C4 auto trans and 3.00:1 rear end.

A peek below the bonnet reveals a clean and tidy engine bay. The original "A" code motor develops 225 horsepower with its single 4-barrel carburetor. It has benefitted from a major tune up and runs very strong, with no nasty habits to report.

Furthermore, the engine has been freshly sealed and a new exhaust system was installed by our friends at Kenz Muffler in Oxnard. The car's long term owner opted to replace the original radiator with a modern aluminum item, painted black to preserve the stock appearance. No overheating here!

Mustang's coachwork presents very straight, with excellent fit of hoods and doors. There is zero rust here or anywhere on this car!

The car was repainted once, in its original color, many moons ago, and still shows nicely. Front and rear chrome bumpers look like new. This pony rolls on a nice set of the optional styled steel chrome wheels, shod with excellent 205/70-14 Cooper Trendsetter radial tires.

Mustang's cockpit is a cozy polace to be. Black headliner and sun visors look to be in perfect condition.

Uncut dash features the original AM radio. Dash top features the typical sun-induced split, but a replacement should be easy to source, if so desired. Car proudly shows off its GT wood-rimmed steering wheel.

Clean gauge cluster with full instrumentation, to check speed, oil pressure, temperature, fuel and amperes.

Interrestingly, the original bucket seats have been fitted with a set of two-tone vinyl-and-leather upholstery. The geniune hides are on the seating surfaces -- a great benefit in the summer! There are no split seams or other issues. Door panels are matching, too.

Closeup of the black-and-gray leather. White piping, too!

Mustang has plenty of space for 5 adults.

Iconic rear view of the first generation pony. All locks work and there are -- at least -- two full sets of keys with the car.

Trunk appears very clean, features new mat. Spare tire, hold-down, and jack are present, and so is a new spare tire cover.

Rust free trunk does not reveal any kind of prior damage. Fuel tank looks to be a recent replacement.

A highlight of this '66 is its unmolested, 100% rust free and authentic undercarriage. Only in dry Southern California will you be able to find a 53-year-old Mustang that has never had any rust repair or undercoating work done to it. You are looking at perfect, virginal floors, still displaying the original, factory-applied red-brown primer. In a sea of "restored," altered, undercoated, fiberglassed, welded-up 'Stangs, this fabulous original is a true standout.

Monday, January 28th, 2019, turned out to be another lovely winter day here in Ventura. We seized the opportuntity and headed for the resurgent Hobson Heights neighborhood, with its sweeping views of Pacific coastline and Channel Islands. Priceless!

The Pony starts, idles, runs, sounds, handles, and stops just like you'd expect if from a well-maintained classic.

It's a joy to survey the bright and clean gauge cluster. With 225 lively horses under the hood and aided by its factory power steering, the car feels light and nimble around town. There's plenty of power to keep up with modern-day traffic.

Returning home to the showroom, our love affair with classic, first generation Mustangs has been rekindled. These cars are so easy to own and elicit lots of smiles, waves, and excited comments everywhere.

Driving the '66 Mustang is like driving the American Dream. It's a feel-good car par excellence. Nice California survivors like this genuine "black plater" are getting much harder to find, with many having disappeared forever in overseas collections. Here's a fine opportunity to get your hands on one of those desirable "A"-code specimen, one that has spent all its life in sunny Southern California!


You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to or call us at 805-653-5551.