1966 Ford Mustang Fastback 

1966 Ford Mustang Fastback 

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The SR-71 Blackbird spy aircraft entered service in 1966, the last episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show aired, and Ford released the original Mustang Fastback for the last time before the 1967 model year switch, which included a significantly redesigned version. Despite the fact that the Mustang had a wonderful year in sales, the beloved Fastback had a 50% drop in sales from the previous model year. In 1966, only 35,000 Mustang Fastbacks were built, making this vehicle very desirable among Mustang enthusiasts.

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The Fastback received a reworked grille, a new instrument cluster, and new wheels for 1966. Side scoops were removed from the GT model for a cleaner design, and driving lights were included as standard equipment. Furthermore, the GT had side racing stripes in lieu of chrome rocker panels, giving the car a real performance racing appearance.

At the time, Ford emphasized the Fastback’s external stylistic characteristics, which included a distinctive roofline with a swept-back look, functional air vents in the roof’s rear sections, and a huge rear window incorporated into the curve of the roof’s sheet metal. Tinted back glass was standard.

Other Mustangs of 1966 used the Mustang Pony symbol just below the front wheel wells, while the GT Mustang wore a distinctive GT badge in its stead. The Hi-Po 289 Emblem was also featured on the GT, making it simple to find one of these V-8 masterpieces on the road. 1966 was also the first year that Mustang was equipped with standard backup lights.

Ford included a five-dial instrument cluster with gasoline, oil pressure, amps, and engine temperature gauges on the interior. Fastback versions had door-operated courtesy lights, a big panel-mounted ashtray, and a choice of five different all-vinyl trims: black, red, blue, aqua, and parchment.

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The body of the 1966 Mustang was almost similar to that of the 1965 Mustang. Due to the unusually high demand for automobiles, Ford was only able to keep up with demand by operating three assembly lines at full capacity. As a result, there were few modifications between the early 1965 Mustangs and the late 1966 Mustangs.

Electrical and running gear components are also different. Most components are interchangeable between the late ’65 Mustangs and the ’66 Mustangs. The 1966’s grille had a series of horizontal chrome bars with a galloping horse in a corral in the middle. The vertical and horizontal bars were deleted. They replaced the “C” scoops to a three-finger side marking on the side of the vehicle, back where the false air scoops were. In 1966, the gas cap was replaced, and a $76 vinyl roof was available. A vinyl roof was installed on between 9% and 10% of Mustangs. In 1966, cushioned sun visors became common.

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The running pony within the corral was free-floating on horizontal grille bars on the 1966 versions. In the C-shaped rear wheel scoop of each model, three-pronged chrome-plated wind splits are included (except for the GT). The gas cap and side mirrors have been restyled, and backup lights have been added.


Interiors for 1966 included conventional or plain Jane interiors, which were nevertheless elegant by today’s standards, and the premium interior style group was dubbed the Pony Interior. The pony interior included embossed ponies running over the backs of the seats in 1965, as well as a five-cluster instrument panel that was standard in 1966. There were two seats in the front and a fold-down seat in the rear of the fastbacks. The premium interior option was also offered on fastbacks. Fastbacks, on the other hand, only had the galloping horses on the front seats; the rear seats were plain Wood grain steering wheels were also out of the market due to their high cost.

The seats of the 1965 Mustang feature a woven design, while the seats in the 1965 Mustang were smooth. The seat clasp for the folding rear seat option on the 1966 fastback is new and distinctive. In contrast to the vertical design present on the 1965 vehicles, the interior door panels have a horizontal line pattern. The doorknobs and window cranks are the only things that haven’t changed. If you have a 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback and you are looking to give it a good home, contact us!

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