Rob Kinnan Brand Manager, Mustang Regular Monthly June 20, 2018 Photos By: Jorge Nunez Fifty years is thought about a golden anniversary. In marital relationship, that landmark of time together is significant for its incredible durability, and it indicates that you 'd much better get your better half (especially the other half) something glossy made from gold or you'll be in big, huge problem. The Mustang celebrated 50 years of constant production simply a couple of years back, however the design's genuine golden anniversary occurred in 1966, a year and a half after the Mustang debuted.When the millionth
Mustang will roll off of Ford's production line after just a year and modification, those in charge at Ford understood they needed to celebrate it in some way, and the Golden Anniversary Mustang was born. An overall of 50( hence the Golden Anniversary )Mustang hardtops were integrated in the San Jose, California, plant on March 29, 1966, with 289 2V engines, automatic transmissions, and Deluxe black Pony interiors (though 2 had Parchment Pony interiors ). They were painted Anniversary Gold( which had no paint code)and had six-digit DSO codes of 331111, but were otherwise identical to other 1966 Mustangs.
The 50 Mustangs were sent out to each Ford Division sales district as a special promotion to celebrate the millionth Mustang developed, and it is believed that a lot of, if not all of them, were handed out by those dealers. One such example was the"Treasure Chest" promo that was done by Metke Ford in Bellevue, Washington. Location citizens were mailed a secret that could potentially open a locked chest including secrets to the Golden Anniversary Mustang in the showroom.
Mustang Monthly has actually been following the story of among the Golden Anniversary Mustangs, the one you see here, given that 2009 when Delia Wolfe got in touch with Brad Bowling and Jerry Heasley about her Mustang. Ms. Wolf acquired this vehicle from the initial owner's kids, who informed her the story behind the car.Alfred and Margaret Thomas, the initial owners, got the golden type in the mail just after Alfred had actually returned from his service in the Air Force at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington.( In a good coincidence, Alfred likewise took place to have been a Golden Gloves fighter.) The story goes, as Alfred returned from his task, he took his wife to buy a gown that she wanted at a local antique dress shop. As she was taking a look at the dress, Alfred popped into Metke Ford in Bellevue, Washington. He took the"Treasure Chest"key sent to them in the mail and, lo and behold, his essential won the 1966 Golden Anniversary Mustang.Mr. Thomas 'household had actually kept the car several years after their moms and dads had died. Child Mark Thomas still laughes about driving the vehicle into a tree on the household's property. His brother-in-law attempted to bring back the automobile at one time, but after years in desperate requirement of a correct remediation, the Thomas family sold the cars and truck to Ms. Wolf-- after she provided her sincere promise to preserve and, one day, restore this golden treasure to its original glory. Ms. Wolf is a BMW mechanic so she understands about cars, but after time and her research study into exactly what the repair was going to take, she recognized it was beyond her abilities and chose to sell the car.Fast-forward to 2015 when Los Angeles homeowner Eric Ruimy was on the Internet trying to find an excellent 1966 Mustang to restore for his friend's 16-year-old child, Andrew Marchasin, for his first car. After Eric had actually checked out all the information online and after speaking to Ms. Wolf for lots of hours, Mr. Ruimy knew two things-- this was no regular Mustang and this was not an automobile for a 16-year-old kid. Eric then called Brad Bowling and Mustang Monthly's Mark Houlahan, who put in the time to explain and educate him about the interesting and rare cars and truck he had simply found.This specific cars and truck is believed to be the very first Golden Anniversary Mustang produced in 1966 with the 000 VIN (6R07C178000). The door code 1111 made this the millionth Golden Anniversary Mustang for sure.Then the genuine fun started. Eric, being a vintage car collector himself for over Thirty Years, started getting in touch with all his resources and people he knew in the Mustang world. Ray Carmody at R3, Inc. conserved the integrity of the factory body and painted this car three times to obtain it ideal. The cars and truck then went to Eric's old pal and Mustang specialist, Scott Andrews, at California Mustang and Collectibles. Eric understood Scott was the ideal individual to assist him keep Ms. Wolf's pledge of bringing this beautiful vehicle back to its initial condition, and Scott would offer the cars and truck all the love it deserved.After two years the restoration was lastly total, and then came the even harder choice for Eric. Should the vehicle go to The Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan? Should it go on the Mustang program circuit to
inform individuals and display the rarity of the millionth Mustang? Not a lot of individuals have ever even heard of a Golden Anniversary Mustang, let alone realize that just 50 of them were built. And of those 50, only 5 are known to still exist, making the Golden Anniversary Mustangs the rarest of all the hardtop Mustangs built.Of course, functionally the Golden Anniversary Mustangs are simply basic 1966 hardtops with 289 2V/automatic combinations, and there are thousands of those out there still on the streets. Definitely a few of them may have been repainted various colors over the years
, so who understands for sure? Eric has actually created a site and windows registry committed to finding the ones that might still be out there at< a href =http://1966goldenmustang.com/ title="Gold Anniversary Mustang "target= _ blank rel =nofollow > 1966GoldenMustang. com. If you take place to run throughout a '66 hardtop with a door code of 1111 and a blank paint code with a March 29 construct date, opportunities are that it is a Golden Anniversary Mustang and Eric kindly asks you to contact him at the website.Photo Gallery View Picture Gallery Photo Gallery View Photo Gallery