The FREE Complete Bay Area Auto Enthusiast Guide

By KENNETH HALL – Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
When the Ford Mustang was introduced at the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York, the car buying public responded in a big way, but few could have predicted that the new model would become a true American automotive icon.
Over the years, the Mustang has gone through a variety of changes and variations, from the initial small sporty car to the high performance Shelby Mustangs and the Mach 1, but its overall appearance has remained constant. Despite being technologically advanced, a 2017 Ford Mustang still retains the sleek lines that first captured the imagination of the public in 1964. Although initially marketed as a small sporty car, the potential of the Mustang for being souped up was obvious from the start. The GT was one of the first Mustang power upgrades to the fabled pony car.
Years ago, when David Brown first met his wife, Debbie, she owned a 1979 Mustang. When she recently decided she wanted a classic Mustang, the Lakeland couple embarked on a four-month search that led them to a 1966 Mustang GT Fastback, which they purchased in late 2015. Unrestored and unaltered, the Browns Mustang is truly a rare find.
“It is an all-original 1966 Mustang GT Fastback with the deluxe interior,” David Brown explains. “Ford only made 7,800 of them, which makes it a rare car. The color, Sauterne Gold, and the deluxe interior make it an even rarer find. It is a true survivor. The car has only 67,000 original miles on it. It has never been wrecked and has all of its original body panels and chrome. The two previous owners both swear it was garaged the entire time they each had it.”
Mustang GT Fastbacks are often created with after-market parts, and it can take discerning eyes to know when a car is an actual factory-produced GT Fastback. Original GT Fastbacks left the factory with a 289 cubic-inch engine with a four-barrel carburetor, stiffer springs, heavy duty shock absorbers, a thicker sway bar, a quick ratio steering box, front disc brakes, dual exhausts, fog lights and full instrument gauges, rather than “idiot lights.”
“We had a couple of Mustang aficionados, one of whom actually wrote the Mustang section in Ford Motor Company magazine, look the car over,” Brown says. “They went over the car front to back and top to bottom and determined that it is an authentic, numbers-matching survivor.
“It has never been restored, although it did have a repaint in 1990, but it was the original Sauterne Gold, and we did some chrome modifications to the engine,” Brown continues. “The engine is the original A-code 289 cubic-inch, 225 horsepower motor, with a four-barrel carburetor. The transmission is the original C4 three-speed automatic.”
The ivory parchment color interior is all original and beautifully-preserved.
“It is called the deluxe pony interior and features embossed ponies racing across the tops of the seats,” Brown explains. “Along with all of the GT options, the car includes dealer-installed air conditioning, a rare driver side trunk release, a day/night mirror and dual red ring tires, which were all options.”
Any good car show is bound to feature a selection of immaculately-restored classic Mustangs, yet people are drawn to all-original survivor cars, even if they are not as bright and shiny as the restored versions.
“We were at an all-Mustang show in Pinellas County earlier this year and the car received an award of excellence,” Brown says proudly. “There were five other 1966 GT Fastbacks there, but none were original. They had all been restored. Wherever we drive it, people honk and give us the thumbs-up, even people in new Mustangs will honk and wave, because they know that without this one, they would not have the one they are driving today.”

Do you have a classic or rare American car you would like to see featured in Motoring Tampa Bay? If so, send details and contact information to or