Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. I see many first-gen Mustangs on the streets of Alameda, so I try to space them out in this series in such a way as to prevent Mustang Overload. Last time we had a Favorite DOTS Mustang poll, the '69 fastback was the overwhelming winner. Today we're going to look at a fairly nice '66 and see what everyone thinks of it.
In '66, your new Mustang coupe cost $2,416 with a six-cylinder and three-on-the-tree. Add another 106 bucks and you got the 200-horsepower V8. The '66 Falcon coupe- essentially the same car under the skin- went for just $2,060, so Ford had a license to print money with the Mustang... much as they did during the more recent pickups-with-cupholders era.
2,488 pounds. That's the shipping weight on this car, which weighs about 188 pounds more than the "tiny" Toyota Yaris. But the old Mustangs were rattly and drafty, the radio had just one speaker (pointed at the windshield), and you could hear road noise! Our car-buying forefathers were tough!