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Hooniverse Asks: Fastbacks are too expensive, so which old Ford Mustang would you buy?

There are differences between the years. Sellers have a range of quality levels on offer. And a whole lot of cars clearly came packing six-cylinder power backed up by an automatic gearbox. Yes, I’m pretend-shopping old Ford Mustangs, and I have been for some time now. Finally, it seems like the market may be prepping for a cooldown, at least on the used car side of things. This means a lot of folks might have a lot of metal without a lot of people kicking those tires. So if you were hunting down an old Ford Mustang, which model would you be eyeing up? This is assuming, correctly for most people, that any fastback model is likely priced far outside a normal price range and into the strata of “dumb.”

Every old Mustang I find on Craigslist or the FB Marketplace is, at best, wearing decent patina and, at worst, slowly returning to the Earth. I’m excluding the obviously clean examples, as even the most basic example is priced far beyond what you might expect. I don’t want a convertible. I just want a rust-free coupe. The paint could be terrible. The interior should be ok. And if it has a straight six and an auto, I could live with that, as the fix is just a 302 away.

I’ve even started looking at the Grande. That’s how much I want an old Mustang.

If you were shopping old Mustangs right now, what would you be looking for?

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10 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: Fastbacks are too expensive, so which old Ford Mustang would you buy?”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    If it absolutely had to be a Mustang then I’d find a ’65 or ’66 coupe. This is purely subjective, as I just like their looks more than I do the later ones. I drove a ’65 coupe with a 289 and a four-speed for a while in college and had fun with it. I’d be okay with a straight-six as long as it had a three-speed manual behind it.

    Really, though, if I were shopping in vaguely that segment I’d be much more inclined to skip the whole Mustang thing and get a first-generation Falcon Futura, but that doesn’t answer the question that was posed.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      And another option is, of course, the Cougar of the same era.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        True. I’d rather have a ’67 or ’68 Cougar than a Mustang, all other things being equal, but overall I’d still go with an early Futura.

        1. Wayward Avatar

          My aunt had a ‘62 Futura. I remember it seeming so sporty – bucket seats, a console with lots of chrome on it (though the gear selector for the automatic trans was on the column, if I remember correctly – that was a long time ago). It was like a smaller version of Mom’s Mercury Monterey coupe. I’d love to have either one of those as a project. A Mustang? Meh.

  2. GTXcellent Avatar

    Ultra-subjective Hoony-asks here – ’cause unless it’s a Boss 429, I really have zero interest in any Ford Mustang. Now, a ’63 or ’64 Galaxie…

    I guess I’d have to agree with the Doc Harrell, and stick with 64.5-66 hardtops as the least objectionable.
    Man, just doing a quick search of Craig’s list – you’re right, prices are dumb.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      I’d go with a later Galaxie, but yeah good choice. And yes the 429 is mega.

  3. Maymar Avatar

    Old is relative, but Fox Body Mustangs are just on the cusp of dumb, and I feel like I need to buy one just before it’s too late (early SN95’s are cheaper, and basically just less desirable Fox Bodies, so a fine option as quite possibly the only person who remembers them fondly).

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      A Fox could be a fun machine sure, but I want the classic…

  4. crank_case Avatar

    Mustang II because they’re cheap (relatively) speaking and no-one will care if you mod it to hell. It’s arguably a better base platform and more compact for euro roads and driveways.

    Of course what I actually want is a full size Galaxie, which is dumb, but part of the appeal.

  5. Salguod Avatar

    If you want a 60s era Ford, old 4 seat Thunderbirds remain surprisingly affordable. The ’61-’63 are a bit more expensive, but the’ 58-’60 and the’ 64-’66 ooze style and I think solid coupes can still be found under $15K. .