Mustang Fastback Was the Original Hot Hatch
Debuted in 1964, the Mustang took America, and the world for that matter, by storm. Up until this point in automotive history the general public had never seen such a unique shape developed for them. Inspired by various European marques of the time, the Mustang overwhelmed dealers with 22,000 ordered in the first day!
The fastback came a several years later to refine the Mustang’s silhouette even further. By this time the horsepower wars were in full swing. Chevrolet was playing catch up with its Camaro and Plymouth was refining its Barracuda platform. In 1967 several special edition Mustang Fastbacks hit showrooms across the countrying including the GT/GTA, Hi-Po, and Cobra-Jet. While the later tipped the scales in price, the GT was the winner amongst enthusiasts. If there was one thing the Mustang did well it was the ability to take a universally adored design and empower its owners to personalize them to their tastes.
Our latest video (The Martini Mustang Is Loud & Fast Art) exhibits this mantra perfectly—albeit in a more contemporary time period. Today’s Mustang market is strong and while you still have to hunt for rust in the rockers and trunks there are still quite a few well restored daily drivers out there. With recent values leaping upward its not a bad time to scoop one up for a fair price in the low to mid-twenty-thousand range.
You’re bound to run into a few resto-modded or even hot rodded versions of the famous chassis—you can thank the modern version of Gone in Sixty Seconds for that one. Luckily there are plenty of well preserved models still roaming around your Americana suburban neighborhoods. All you have to do is be willing to put in the time to locate one. Tools like Hemmings.com and Forums have made this easier and as everybody covets a Shelby GT350 you can quietly sneak in and pick up a well sorted GT/GTA for well within an average enthusiast’s budget.
1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback Specifications
• 8-cyl. 390cid/320hp 4bbl
• Curb Weight 2,605 lbs.
• Length 183.6 in.
• Wheelbase 108 in.
• 71,042 Produced