The deep, candy red paint sparkles in the sun. The light tan interior invites you to slip into the driver’s seat and get comfortable. With the top down, you can feel the warm summer rays and a gentle breeze engulf you. Twist the key in the ignition and the 289 cubic inch V8 growls to life. Feed in the throttle to warm the engine and listen to the staccato bark of 8 all-American cylinders firing, the sound amplified in the open air around you. All that’s needed now is a steady hand on the steering wheel as you slide the transmission into drive.
You’re now piloting an American icon: the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible – the finest open-air motor vehicle of its time. The plush interior and supple suspension help you to glide effortlessly down the highway as the V8 engine happily pushes you along. And if you get sick of listening to the engine, just find your favorite radio station to listen to as you forget about all your troubles. Unlike the sportier ‘67 Mustang GT-A Coupe, which begs to be driven hard and muscled around, this Mustang convertible is much happier to be savored as it wafts you along in style and comfort.
The thin-rimmed steering wheel offers power assistance, allowing you to guide the Mustang around corners with confidence. It’s a relatively effortless car to drive, really. Perfectly suited to gobbling up miles as you putt around town or as you cruise to the beach, there’s plenty of room for four adults, although kids will probably appreciate the rear seats more. The trunk is equally spacious for running errands or for lugging around the towels, sun-block, and a cooler. Not only will the Mustang get you where you need to go, but it’ll do so with flair.
There’s a certain air about the Mustang. It’s capable not just as a car, but as a statement. Although it’s more comfortable loafing along down Main Street or cruising around the lake, it’s more than just a pretty piece of automotive jewelry. While it may not be ideally suited for blasting from stop light to stop light in a cloud of tire smoke, there’s something about the Mustang that makes you feel like it’s capable of anything. It’s a surprisingly well-rounded automobile, and one that you should rent from Morrie’s Heritage Rental program that is currently in the works!
Guest blog post written by: Alex Bellus – a well-known automotive photographer in the Twin Cities area and a frequent attendee of MN C&C at the Automotorplex. He is an Automotive Analyst for IHS Automotive and has a wide range of automotive knowledge. Keep your eye out for his next Blog Post where he will highlight another popular Morrie’s vehicle!