While Nicole Kidman used to be stunningly beautiful, it seems as though plastic surgery has tipped her visage uncomfortably close to that of Carrot Top. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe 1966 Mustang has had an equally dramatic transformation, but does the price of this one-off have too many decimal places off?
The similarities between the Ford Mustang and Toyota's Celica - especially in the latter car's hatchback form - are pretty blatant. Yesterday's 18R-G infused '73 may have been a coupe, but it still rocked the turned-up bumpers and overall aesthetic of the Mustang pony car. Not only that, but its condition, outfitting and price all conspired to gain the Car a 76% Nice Price win. Way to go Celica!
Today's candidate is a little less fully realized, but seeing as it's already a custom, that just means there will be more opportunity for the new owner to imbue it with his or her own unique sensibilities. The 1966 Mustang is arguably one of the more collectible editions of the long-running P51 name-sharing brand. That is of course if it's a 289-powered edition, preferably in fastback or fun-in-the-sun convertible form. If however, it comes with the fun-tampon 200-CID six, an automatic transmission, and four-wheel drum brakes - all wrapped in the plain jane coupe body - well that's a different story. And in that case, maybe the best thing to do is turn what's little more than a fancy Falcon into a car that stands out like Snooki at a Spelling Bee.
That's just what has happened to this 1966 Mustang coupe offered up by its New Jersey seller, which has gone from routine to full-on Charlie Sheen. Featuring a body whose every styling cue has been pulled into an exaggeration like Gumby's dinkus in a pasta press, this Mustang also sports enhanced utility afforded by a shooting brake back end. Access to that cargo space seems to be a mystery as there's no apparent external egress and the space behind what appear to be seats pulled from a van is limited to a small scooped out area where you might expect the back seat to be.
The rest of the exterior is a two-tone white over blue and has been shaved like a bored college freshman - requiring poppers for door actuation and easing washing in its lack of rag-snagging badges and trim. Up front the 7-inch sealed beams have been replaced by some sort of Gatling gun-aping units which give the enhanced overhang and molded bumper nose the dead-eyed look of a mechanical shark.
That back end featuring the extended roofline is probably the car's most successful customm feature, giving off enough of a sixties vibe that it wouldn't seem untoward to imagine the Monkees lamenting their sham status while cruising around in it. While inside, they'd notice (A) that Davey is dead, and (B) that the blue and white color scheme continues to assault the eyes there as well. Also noteworthy, the Mustang's iconic five-dial gauge instrument cluster has been modded to a single speedo and center-mounted four-unit, wiring fustercluck. Ahead of that the T-handle for the C4 rises from the heavy pile blue carpet on the console like defiant middle finger in the face of fun. That's because it's likely to sap much of the 120 horsepower the single barrel carb'd six produces. That combo was what Mustang purchasers selected before the advent of Ambien, and with the additional weight of the custom stuff on this one, you can bet that the mid-teen zero to sixty times are a thing of the past.
But it needs to weigh even more. The seller offers up a litany of parts that this custom Mustang still lacks, including custom cut door glass, wiring for that Hanna Barbera dash, and solenoid poppers for the doors should you ever get that glass installed. There's also some structural work that needs to be done on the front end, and inner liners for the widened and flared fenders.
Are you reaching for your checkbook after all that? If you are, you'll want to make sure you have a pen with plenty of ink because the individual offering this Mustang - who is selling it for a friend - is asking $10,000, and that's a lot of zeros to write. The creator/owner of the car is said to have moved to Arizona, and likely because of the current political climate in that batshit-from-the-heat state, decided that bringing along something as individualistic and progressive as this custom ‘Stang wouldn't be such a good idea.
The question for you is whether somebody ought to pay that ten grand for this work in progress Mustang. What do you think, is that a price that makes this Mustang a must-have? Or, is all that just more whoa than giddyup?
H/T to Caleb for the hookup!
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