I have a 1966 Mustang coupe that was bought new by my Grandmother and which I inherited in 1994, with only 35K miles. It has only five options(289 2 bbl V-8, automatic, power steering, white wall tires, and wire wheel covers). Although Grandma didn’t drive a lot and it was garaged from new, Omaha Winters took enough of a toll that it needed a good bit of bodywork.
The shop farmed out the paint work and after it came back to them they put on the new chrome trim kit. The kit included an antenna and they drilled through the brand new fender to add it and never noticed that the car was not equipped with a radio. I was not pleased. Excuses about needing to wait for the paint to cure, the paint man’s availability, and additional mechanical issues that slowed my ability to have the issue fixed quickly dragged things out. When everything finally lined up, two years had passed and the shop owner refused to fix it. I believe he went out of business a short time later.
I have driven it sparingly over the years and frankly it isn’t much fun to drive. I keep the car for sentimental reasons and could never sell it. I have had other toys as well, including Harleys and currently a '92 Maxton Rollerskate roadster. But I would like to update and possibly transform the Mustang into something that is enjoyable to drive. Having had sports cars, and also planning on finding a vintage Pontiac GTO at some point as my muscle car, I am not looking for the Mustang to be a performance car, but rather a cruiser.
One thought I had was to make it into a one-of-none luxury Mustang, a “What If” car, a Mustang LTD if you will, complete with bench seat, column shift, and some luxury options borrowed from the T-bird. Another option I am considering is to have the car converted into a convertible. As I will never sell the car and have no concern about trying to keep it stock, and have no interest into making it into a sports car, muscle car, or to Shelby-ize it, I thought the luxury route would make the car more usable and enjoyable and also unique. Although Ford never made a luxury Mustang during the 1964-66 years(that I know of), before making the Mercury Cougar and then eventually more luxury-oriented Mustang trims(Grande, then Ghia, and finally GLX), I thought this might be a fun way to go and definitely a road less traveled. I appreciate any sincere and constructive suggestions.