Classic Car Watch
Father & Son Mustangs

NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.

September 1, 2009
By Scott Lewis

This month's list of cars got out of hand... fast. I was originally going to list 65-68 Mustangs that would make good Father & Son project cars. I wanted to find cars that were presentable, but affordable. I was going to go with a $10,000 price cap. That seemed like a reasonable limit to buy a car that could be driven regularly while working on it and teaching one of my sons to drive. Maybe the car would be used by my sons for part time transportation.

Like I said, this got out of hand pretty quickly. While looking for Mustangs of those years I saw a lot of cars I liked. The most expensive car below was priced at $20K. Ouch. I bit pricey for a project car.

I must admit I am on the fence with letting my sons drive a classic car as their first car. Modern used cars have air bags and anti-lock brakes, and many other safety features that make them far safer vehicles. Putting a 60s vintage car with crappy drum brakes and steering as loose as an over cooked spaghetti noodle is not practical. However, as a project car those things would be taken care of before letting my sons drive these cars unsupervised. Upgrading brakes and suspensions would definitely be part of the project aspects.

Will it happen? I don't know. But that didn't stop my enthusiasm for looking at some affordable and not so affordable Mustangs. I will list all the Mustangs under $10K first, then the more expensive ones will follow.

1965 Ford Mustang - $6,500

Description: Great project car, runs good with rebuilt engine.

Source: Autotrader Classics

Found: 5/18/2009

Comments: There is way too little information with this ad. But the picture is decent and this was the lowest priced Mustang I liked back in May (when I did most of my looking for Mustangs). I don't remember where this car was located, but if it was within driving distance there is no reason not to take a look and see its condition.

1965 Ford Mustang - $7,995

Description: Western car that was updated an number of years ago. Nice running 289 2V with an automatic transmission. Original white car with blue interior. Very solid car with original quarters, doors and fenders, etc. New fuel tank, radiator, ball joints, front brakes and more. Ford styled wheels with new radials. Recent carpet and front seat covers. Nice driving car. Old paint with scrapes, scratches and dings.

Source: Valley Motors

Found: 5/26/2009

Comments: How about this... a white car that does not have a red interior. The pictures look good enough and the price is nice for a project car. I think this car has lots of potential. I would love to get a closer look.

1966 Ford Mustang - $7,995

Description: Super clean white 66 Mustang coupe, nice blue interior, cold factory air conditioning, 200 cubic inch 6 cylinder motor, automatic transmission, am/fm/cassette stereo, center console, new brakes, all gauges and lights work, rust free, runs and drives perfectly, exceptional car.

Source: Performance Mustangs

Found: 6/27/2009

Comments: I love A/C on a 6 cylinder car. Nice price and its in Texas. I should go now and see it in person.

1965 Ford Mustang - $9,500

Description: What makes this 'Stang so great is that it is a 1965 Mustang Coupe that is all numbers-matching and perfect for someone looking for a clean, beautiful daily driver without all the flash and noise that come with the more muscular models. This car has a simple and sweet 200 1v straight-6 engine with a 4-speed manual transmission and comes with air-conditioning, so its fun and comfortable to drive but doesn't suck up that gasoline. The body is a beautiful dark green with no visible damage and very good body-panel alignment. The undercarriage is solid and rust-free, but a little dirty from daily use (the exhaust has a bit of rust from use also, but this is normal). The interior is in daily driver condition, which means it has some minor wear but no damage. For overall frame integrity and reliability, MustangOnlyOne gives this car a 9 out of 10 points as a restored numbers-matching daily driver, as the original transmission was replaced, rather than rebuilt and preserved, during the restoration process. Otherwise this would be an all-original, numbers-matching ride. For overall aesthetic quality and performance, MustangOnlyOne gives this car a 10 out of 10 points as a daily driver, as it is beautiful and in the kind of shape (though excellent) one would expect to see on a car that hits the roads on a regular basis.

Source: MustangOnlyOne

Found: 5/18/2009

Comments: The A/C is sweet for a 6 cylinder car. The manual transmission might be an issue for teaching my sons to drive. I love it for myself. I love a good manual transmission, and the A/C could make this a great daily driver. Did I say Father & Father project?

1967 Ford Mustang - $9,750

Description: Original So. Cal pony car. Look, runs & drives great. Chrome Mustang wheels, upgraded sound system with Infinity speakers & Xplode CD changer (trunk). Electronic ignition & Flowmaster mufflers. Well maintained & always garaged.

Source: Autotrader Classics

Found: 5/18/2009

Comments: We need better pictures to judge this car. It shows A/C, but he did not mention it in the ad. Why? I love blue, so this car is calling out to me. When I first got into cars I liked the 67-68 Mustang best with the concave taillights.

1967 Ford Mustang - $9,950

Description: 289-V8, Automatic Transmission, Factory Air Conditioning (inop), Factory Styled Steel Wheels, Factory Sports Sprint Package, Rare "Lonestar Blue Bonnet" Special only 175 produced as a promotional vehicle for Texas Ford Dealers, Came with its own special color code & DSO designation, Solid Body, Solid Floors, Solid Frame Rails, Runs & Drives Good.

Source: Auto Trends

Found: 5/23/2009

Comments: The A/C is not working. We always assume a minimum of $1,000 to get A/C working. But this car does not have an under dash unit. I can see the A/C vents in the dash. That is unusual for these years. Overall it looks nice enough, so it would be worth looking at in person.

1968 Ford Mustang - $9,950

Description: This 68' mustang is powered by a 289 ci. small block ford, backed by a C4 automatic transmission with an 8 inch rear end. The interior is light blue and dark blue vinyl which is in great shape!! The paint is a decent driver quality metallic blue with white pinstripes down the side. With new wheels, tires and power steering this car drives like a late model.

Source: Motor City

Found: 6/5/2009

Comments: The pictures are too small to tell much. But I like the color. I want to see more.

1965 Ford Mustang - $14,900

Description: 289-225hp "A" code V8, automatic, power steering, AM radio, styled steel wheels - One Owner - 78K ORIGINAL MILES - Immaculate Original Interior - Solid & Original Body - Runs & Drives Excellent - Bone Stock & Unmolested - Beautiful Caspian Blue over Blue.

Source: Classic & Collectible Cars

Found: 5/10/2009

Comments: Wow, 78K original miles. Can they prove that? I like blue, and this is a nice looking blue on blue Stang. The one owner, low mileage is calling out to me during the night.

1966 Ford Mustang - $12,995

Description: Take a look at this 1966 Ford Mustang. This beautiful Mustang has a nice looking gold exterior paint job, and tan interior that looks excellent with the exterior color. Has a 289 stock V-8 motor that runs great, and just had brakes serviced also.

Source: Streetside Classics

Found: 5/10/2009

Comments: Nothing special here, it just kind of stuck out in my mind when I saw it.

1966 Ford Mustang - $10,995

Description: 289 "C" code, automatic, power steering, rare bench seat, AM radio - One Owner - Super Nice Driver - Older Shiny Paint - Immaculate Interior - Excellent Chrome.

Source: Classic & Collectible Cars

Found: 5/10/2009

Comments: Just missed being lumped in with the affordable Mustangs. Looks like you basic Mustang. Though over $10K it looks like it could still make a nice project. We could put nice wheels on it after upgrading the brakes and suspension. Then add A/C and a decent stereo and we should be ready to cruise.

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible - $14,900

Description: 6 cylinder, automatic transmission, A/C, power steering, power top, buckets, 62k miles, tons new! Excellent condition! Great driver!

Source: Just Muscle Cars

Found: 5/24/2009

Comments: I was not looking for convertibles for a Father & Son project, but this car looks very nice. Plus it has a 6 cylinder engine and air conditioning all in a convertible. It's just too unusual a combination for me not to take a closer look.

1965 Ford Mustang - $14,990

Description: Exceptional 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe. Finished in Burgundy over Black interior. Powered by its 289cid V-8 Engine with an Automatic transmission. California car originally sold in San Jose, California with current ownership going back 16 years. Featuring AM/FM Radio and Owner Manual. Looks and drives great. Solid and strong. Options: New Motor Mounts, New Front Wheel Cylinders, New Brake Lines, New Tie-Rod Ends, Front End Alignment Done 03/09.

Source: Specialty Sales-Benicia

Found: 5/18/2009

Comments: This car would do well in my normal looking at cars for $15K. It doesn't have A/C, but it looks extremely clean. Plus it looks very nice with the black vinyl roof. I like the overall look and wouldn't mind driving this car when the weather was not too hot.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback - $17,500

Description: Originally Bright Silver metallic paint code 4. The paint shines and has a driver quality look. There are a few imperfections in the paint that all old cars have. Original chrome, stainless and Emblems. Solid underneath with all original panels with only one repair in a typical place on the passengers front floor pan, Original Trunk is solid and painted like the car, All Original body panels are solid. All doors hood and trunk fit right, align properly and open and close easily. Weld super comp lite billet aluminum wheels, nice tires. This is a nice driver quality car.

Source: Red Line Muscle Cars

Found: 5/24/2009

Comments: I never thought about fastbacks for affordable Father & Son projects. But this car seems very reasonable. It looks great and the A/C doesn't hurt either.

1965 Ford Mustang - $14,900

Description: 1965 Ford Mustang coupe with the "A" code 289 V-8 engine, C4 automatic transmission, 3:00-1 rear gears, 2-1/4" dual exhausts, Rally Pack, center console, Standard interior, MSD ignition, fog lamps, custom tail lights, chrome engine dress up kit, and a Custom Audio sound system!

Source: Automania

Found: 5/18/2009

Comments: This car is just up the road from me. In fact i pass this dealer every day on my way home from work. I kind of do and don't like the taillight treatment. I have seen the Shelby/Thunderbird style sequential taillights put on these years (easy to do with the flat panel). This is a little more radical, but its not too bad. A nice looking Mustang that is local. I should stop in one day.

1966 Ford Mustang - $13,500

Description: Convertible, All scheduled maintenance, Always garaged, Fully loaded, Looks & runs great, Must see, New tires, Power everything, Runs & drives great, Very clean interior, Well maintained, Original 6 cylinder motor, PONY INTERIOR, ac hook up with compressor and under dash unit, power top, brand spanking new tires, great paint job, very desirable car to have!

Source: Autotrader Classics

Found: 5/18/2009

Comments: Another 6 with A/C and a power convertible top. I should at least take a look.

1966 Ford Mustang - $17,900

Description: 1966 Ford Mustang GT Clone, 289 Engine, 225 HP, 4 BBL, 4 Speed, Matching #s, Factory Color, Fog Lights, Wood Steering Wheel, Restored (300 miles), AM/FM, Nice Metal, GT Stripes and Badges.

Source: Nevada Classics

Found: 5/27/2009

Comments: The 4 speed is for me, not my son. This may be a bit much for a clone of a GT. If the restoration is of good quality that justifies the price, so inspect this car closely.

1967 Ford Mustang - $11,995

Description: This classic mustang pony is in good shape and up for sale.. The paint is in nice shape as pictures show... Exterior chrome is in good shape as the majority of it is new.... This mustang rides on a newer set of chrome rims that are mounted on a newer set of white letter tires .......... The mustang runs and drives strong with plenty of get up and go. Mustang has a 289 V8 that runs good. The automatic transmission is in good working order as well with no known issues... Has a newer dual exhaust system that is great sounding... Steering is tight and brakes are in good working order...This pony has power steering.....The interior is clean and in great shape as pictures show as the majority of it is new... Has a aftermarket CD player w speakers in good working order.

Source: eBay

Found: 5/31/2009

Comments: I never list cars in this column from eBay. But I could not help myself this time. I found this car completely by accident. I was surfing around and found a California Special web site. It showed a car being sold on eBay. That car was nice enough and there was mention in the forum that the dealer wanted $15,500 for it. When I checked the car, then the dealer, I found this one with a Buy It Now price of $11,995. Since it had the Buy It Now option I decided to show it here.

I really like the look of this car on the outside. Blue is my favorite color, and this blue pops. I am a tiny bit put off by the two tone interior. I am not sure that is the way the factory did it. But this month's cars are supposed to be projects for my son and I to work on. So... I would research the correct way the interior should look and make it right. It should not cost much to paint or replace a few interior items to get the color all black or do it right in two tone. Those cheap chrome wheels and cheap tires will have to go. I like raised white letters on classic cars, but most of the RWL tires are sub-par in performance. I would like to put high performance tires on the car with American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels. Then we have to install an aftermarket A/C system. Then we start cruising.

1967 Ford Mustang California Special Clone - $19,900

Description: The Unique And Custom Look Of The California Special Has Been Meticulously Replicated In This 1967 Mustang. Powered By 390 2 bbl Engine, Automatic Transmission With Floor Shift And Console, Power Steering, AM Push Button Radio, Air Conditioning, Fog Lamps, Twist-Type Chrome Hood Pins, Side Scoops - Shiny Candy Apple Red Paint With White Side Stripes With GT/CS Die Cut Logo And White Rear Deck Stripe, White Bucket Seat Interior.

Source: Midwest Car Exchange

Found: 5/28/2009

Comments: This is our most expensive Mustang on this list. It would not have made it if not for the 390 engine. As you will see elsewhere we have some California Special Mustangs cheaper than $20K. And this one is not even real. But for a driver I don't mind. In addition to the big block it also has air conditioning and an automatic transmission. The automatic will make it easier to teach my son to drive, and A/C is just necessary in South Central Texas (it has been over 100 degrees here forever, and we are suffering a major drought). Plus I like the color combination... even if it is not blue. This car would be more for the father than the son.

1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS - $15,500

Description: This is one of 3,867 ever produced, verified with Marti Report. The car has a 289, AT, 4 wheel drum brakes, 2:79 open rear end. The California Special is a limited edition coupe with the following changes: Blackout grill (no Pony), Lucas Fog Lights, special striping and chrome lettering, fake side air scoops, Shelby style rear spoiler and taillights. The following modifications have been made and are easily returned to stock: 4 barrel manifold and carb, Sequential tail lights, dual exhaust, steering wheel, custom mini tach (where clock goes on the dash), shift handle.

Source: Northwest Classic Auto Mall

Found: 5/31/2009

Comments: As you can see I really like the California Special. I guess I started getting carried away, so I had to add this one. I need more picture to tell, but there is no reason not to call to get those pictures.

1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS - $18,500

Description: Fast440 is pleased to offer this beautiful 1968 Mustang GT California Special. A higher end/older restoration with all of the car's original sheet metal utilized on this solid body. Original quarter panels, floor pans trunk rails, etc. Options include factory Air Conditioning, power steering, Deluxe Interior Package and more. Strong running car, everything works and ready to drive and enjoy.

Source: Fast440

Found: 5/25/2009

Comments: I never put cars here that do not have prices listed... until now. Although no price was listed on Fast440, I found this car on Craigslist for $23,500. I did some research on California and someone offered him $15K but he wanted $18.5K. You have to love sites like California This can be the great equalizer for the uninformed. It is also the reason you should join clubs and become members of sites like these for what ever marquee you are interested in. They can help you learn what you should expect to pay. Since this car is in Texas I put it on my list. I would go look at the car myself and check it out if I were ready to buy. I really like the California Special (as you can tell from the number of them on this list).

1968 Ford Mustang - $14,995

Description: What we have here is a 1968 Ford Mustang 302CID V8 with a C-4 auto transmission. This vehicle was originally a California car bought by the current owner around 1995. Since then, the car has had new drum brakes all around, vinyl roof, and tires. The 302CID was rebuilt and bored .040 over, and a new carb from Pony Carbs was added. The car was repainted around 2000. This is a very clean and great running car that could possibly be a daily driver or even taken to shows.

Source: Gateway Classic Cars

Found: 5/18/2009

Comments: Just a clean Mustang that I could not pass up.

1967 Ford Mustang - $13,900

Description: Lifelong Northwest Car Sold New At Chapman Ford In Bothell. Candyapple Red Car With Black Deluxe Interior And White Vinyl Top. Factory Applied Gray Taillight Panel Paint Treatment. 289 V8, Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Power Front Disc Brakes, New Chrome Style Steel Wheels With TA Radials. Interior And Exterior Decor Group, Deluxe Steering Wheel, AM Radio, Tinted Glass, GT Lights, Exhaust, Emblems And Stripes. Older Repaint On A Straight, Solid Body. Beautifully Restored Stock Interior. Sweet Sounding Dual Exhaust. Thousands In Recent Restoration Receipts. Runs Strong And Drives Tight.

Source: Memory Lane Motors

Found: 7/5/2009

Comments: This car reminds me of the very first car I tried to buy. I have $2,500 in hand and was looking at a 67 Mustang coupe that was white with a white vinyl roof. That goodness I took that car to a mechanic. On the drive to the mechanic the overflow dump coolant everywhere. Then the mechanic pointed out all the bondo all over the quarter panels. This was long before I knew what I was doing with cars. Needless to say I did not buy the car. But I was hook on Mustangs anyway. So this car is here for nostalgia purposes.

1966 Ford Mustang - $13,995

Description: This white exterior with new black deluxe pony interior is a cool ride. Fitted with a 289 and back up by a modern manual 5 speed transmission one could cruise down the highway with ease. Up front are disc brakes with drums out back. Fitted with black 15" rims and fresh radial tires give this Mustang one tough look.

Source: Streetside Classic Cars

Found: 6/7/2009

Comments: Is this for the sons or the father... with that modern 5 speed! I kind of like the look, but would definitely put different wheels on this in the long run.

1966 Ford Mustang - $14,950

Description: The car that started the Pony Car craze! This Deluxe Coupe sports many of the desirable factory GT options including Pony Interior, Wood Grain Dash, Fog Lights and brand new Styled Steel Wheels (with brand new BFG Radial T/A's!). The 289 V8 motor is detailed nicely and runs excellent. Car is equipped with the famous 'Green-Dot' C4 Automatic. Power Steering is also a very desirable factory option included with this one. The sound system has been fully upgraded to a Kenwood deck in the factory position (no sawzall's needed), 10 Disc CD Changer in the trunk, both front and rear speakers too! The paint has the normal minor bumps & bruises of a 10 year old street driven life but still very presentable! This is a great no-guilt driver!

Source: Motor City

Found: 6/5/2009

Comments: Here's a real GT to compare to the clone above. I love the seat covers that come with the Pony Interior.