A potentially good or great Mustang is a hard car to pass up. Thankfully, Ford made a record number of them so there are plenty to choose from any given day. But in the Mustang World, there are a few Mustangs that you need to give serious consideration to even if there is just a hint of it being a good one. And those Mustangs carry the letter “K” in the 5th spot of the Vehicle Identification Number. That “K”, means it is a 289cid, 271hp, solid lifter Hi-Performance Mustang. Typical of the period, special engines came with a host of other performance pieces to make the entire package work well.
We’ve been watching the Mecum Kissimmee Auction. Mecum is known for Muscle Cars so it is not surprising there would be a ton of Mustangs. We are huge Mustang lovers but very picky when it comes to what flavor we like. For us, it has to be a 4-speed Top-Loader and it needs to be either an A or K-Code V-8. You can keep the convertibles ’cause they do nothing for us. Inspired by Mecum, we did a search for a nice Mustang on Craigslist. Read More
After almost a full year of Mint2Me we are always surprised by what hits some reader’s hot button. We know many of our readers are Mustang lovers. Mustangs of all shapes and sizes. We typically feature cars that are in original condition but on occasion, a modified car just rocks us. We found this ’67 in our inbox today and it looks like the Mustang that the majority of Mustang owners bought back in the day. It has a V8 engine, automatic transmission and A/C. Read More
We’ve talked about the death of the muscle car in other listings. Today’s featured SVO Mustang represents the awakening of the muscle car spirit at Ford. Ford wanted to get back in the game so they created the Special Vehicle Operation Division. The Mustang was the first assignment. They opted to work with the inline 4 instead of a big, guzzling 5.0 liter V8. The standard version put out around 175hp. In addition to the advanced turbocharged engine, the SVO featured several key modifications over the standard Mustang to help increase performance. Read More
We have a thing for K-Code Mustangs but this isn’t one of them. This is very cool indeed without being a solid-lifter V8. It is however, a powerful 289ci C-code V8 with a 4-barrel carb added. The carburetor does not turn a C into an A code but it is an improvement. Read More
Of all the Mustangs built during the first 3 years of production, the cars equipped with the K-Code optional engine are the most important. The K-Code is a 289, solid-lifter V8 producing a nice 271hp. It was first deployed in the lowly Fairlane in 1963 but became the top engine choice of the early Mustangs. It was an expensive option and since it was only available with the 4-speed manual and a 90-day warranty, it had a real niche audience. So of all the early Mustangs, the K-Code is the most rare. Read More
Back in 1993, Ford’s Mustang started to climb back out of the doldrums. Okay, there were some 5.0 liter cars that collectors like very much but none were really an entire package built by a special division of Ford called SVT. And boy, do they know how to specify a car! The SVT Cobra was a huge success. Development progressed through to the end of production when in 1999, the Cobra received an Independent Rear Suspension. But this one is a ’98 and represents a sweet-spot in model years for SVT Cobras. Read More
We have a major soft spot for the K-Code or Hi-Po Mustang from ’65 & ’66. We almost don’t care whether it is a notchback Coupe, Fastback or Convertible. Ours was a Fastback and although it wasn’t exactly like Steve McQueen’s ’67 390, it was the closest thing I could come too. That 289 solid lifter is a really cool engine and coupled to a 4-speed, it is all that you’ll ever want in a taut muscle car. By taut I mean, it didn’t have to have 400 plus cubic inches to be fun. Of course, it was good enough for Ole Shelby to use in the Cobra and as a basis for the GT350. How bad could it be? Really bad. Like bad boy bad. Read More
The original owner ordered today’s featured Mustang from Phil Long Ford in Littleton, Colorado in August 1964. Fast forward to today and 101,315 miles later it is for sale again at Phil Long Ford. It has had only that one owner and it comes with some of the most complete documentation any car could have. Read More
Ford unveiled three new Mustang models in 1969: the Mach 1, Boss 302 and Boss 429. Various competition-style appearance items and the GT-handling suspension were standard for the Mach 1, with engine options including the 351-cid small-block, 390 big-block or 428 Cobra Jet. We were watching Mecum Auctions in Dallas and couldn’t believe the numbers Boss Mustangs and Mach 1 Mustangs command. Read More
The V8 Ford Windsor motor family is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most successful engines of all time. Introduced in ’62 as the halo engine to Ford’s Total Performance program, finding its way into almost the entire range of Ford products. In the early days of the WIndsor, the 289 was the sweetest. It came in a variety of flavors but the one that caught the race car builders was the K-Code or more popularly known as the Hi-Performance or Hi-Po. Read More
No, we haven’t been watching reruns of Downton Abbey. There are other houses of Windsor you know. We refer to Ford’s Engine Facility at Windsor Ontario. The V8 Ford Windsor motor family is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most successful engines of all time. Introduced in ’62 as the halo engine to Ford’s Total Performance program, finding its way into almost the entire range of Ford products. In the early days of the WIndsor, the 289 was the sweetest. Read More
The seller will regret parting with this Mustang. Okay, it isn’t a K-code and it only has a 3-speed manual, but it may be an original 13,500 mile survivor. He has some documentation to sort of support it but the truth is what the mechanic sees. There are so many parts that would have to be replaced if it was 113,500 miles and they haven’t been. He references suspension parts in his listing but there are more telltale signs. Mind you, we haven’t seen the car in person. We can see that the clutch pedal is missing its rubber but the rest of what we can see inside appears pretty fresh. What if it is an original 13,500 mile, 225 h.p, manual transmission Mustang with an added GT package? You’ve got yourself one special Mustang. And at $22,500, we wouldn’t quibble too much. After all, it kind of looks like Steve McQueen’s ’67, 390 V-8. It isn’t, but we know you can have lots of fun with this one. See it here on Craigslist…and make it snappy!