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Given that the 21st century has seen a sort of return to the roots aspect for the Mustang, it was probably only a matter of time before the Boss 302 made a return. Over the last few years there's been steady and growing interest in the concept of a new-age Trans Am Special.
Jim Clarke led the charge with the creation of the 5.0 HO V8 for the Mustang in 1982 and was responsible for the continuous improvement of the 5.0 throughout the '80s. What Jim and his team accomplished is truly amazing.
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1968 Ford Mustang Coupe The Mustang created the category of the pony car, a reference to its distinctive horse logo. The name encompassed all the competitor cars that were built to try and match the Mustangs success. An example is the Chevrolet Camaro, which also cemented the image of a sporty vehicle with a sleek style. Even Ford couldnt have predicted how successful the car would be. On the opening day, 22,000 units were sold, and dealerships were taking waiting lists for several days after. This 1968 example for consignment is a slightly improved version of the stock 1968 due to a later (mid 1980s) fuel injection unit put on to feed the upgraded blue blocked 302ci V8. A snazzy interior and a good sound system, and we are rolling in 1968 style of the ever popular mustang. Exterior Bathed in a very nicely applied Steel Blue, straight steel abounds. Some gaps are inconsistent but are mostly straight. The iconic hockey stick cove is present in the rear quarters and it flows into the doors. From the front bumper, grille galloping horse and wheel well as well as rocker trim all chrome is very nice with no dimpling or dulling. For 1968 styling becomes slightly more aggressive on a simpler grille and deeper headlights, and out back the former outward V shaped sergeant stripe taillights have now been inverted to inward, but still using 6 individual lights. Original wheels have been replaced with 16-inch pony wheels which started life on a 1994-1998 Mustang. Interior 2 tone blue in light and dark bounces all around this interior. Door panels are light blue painted uppers and lowers, and vinyl covered dark blue panel in the middle with just a touch of chrome trim surround. Front buckets continue with dark blue horizontal stitched inner panels, and light blue bolsters. This continues into the back seat bench. The buckets flank an added on center console complete with a storage compartment, power window switches and a dual cup holder. Further forward on the hump is the T shift lever. Hanging below the center of the dash is an aftermarket AM/FM/CD player. In place of the original radio is a new panel which houses some knobs and lights. Factory A/C is still there as is the original instrument cluster, and steering wheel. Dark blue carpet is in good condition and floods all the floors. Light blue rubber floor mats are also seen, and these have a 3D galloping horse molded into them. The headliner is nice and tight dark blue vinyl. Looking way back into the trunk we see very good condition dark gray carpet lining, even over the spare. Drivetrain Replacing the original 289ci V8 is now a 302ci V8 with electronic fuel injection on top. A C4 3-speed automatic transmission is on the back of this 302 and pushes power rearward to a Ford 8-inch rear. Overall condition of engine bay is not restored but clean original. Undercarriage Absolutely no rust surface or otherwise is seen underneath in a powder coated and black painted environment which consists of the frame and floorpans and rockers. Stainless exhaust pipes are present along with Dynomax mufflers for this dual exhaust. Power disc brakes are upfront and power drums on the back. Drive-Ability This car fired right up, and after a bit of a warm up period, ran very smoothly, drove beautifully, and had good acceleration and handling. It is a good highway cruiser as well. It is also noted it has a nice engine sound emanating from the exhaust. Well done and not like your steak, but in the sense of the restoration and upgrading of this 68 Mustang. Nice upgrades, sound system, center console, power windows and 16-inch wheels. Good chrome all around, and we are all buttoned up and ready to ride our little pony into the sunset...(Queue the tumbleweeds!) VIN Decode 8R01C105685 8-1968 R-San Jose, CA Assy Plant 01-2 Door Hardtop C-289ci V8 2bbl 105685-Sequential Unit Number
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302 cu. in. V-8
3 Speed Automatic
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