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1967 Ford Mustang Hardtop - Rare Finds
Hidden Treasure: Roses (Oklahomans) Are Red, Bluebonnets (Texans) Are Blue
Kent Faith didn't have to go far to find his Rare Find. The '67 hardtop was sitting in his driveway, beside his garage, last tagged and running in 1998. Kent didn't have to talk the owner into selling either, because he was the owner; though Kent didn't realize what he had. Uncovering the history took his 11-year-old son, Kade, to ferret out what Kent had owned all these years without knowing.
"I've had multiple Mustangs, but I'm not a collector," Kent tells us. Luckily, Kent did hang onto this '67 hardtop for 40 years. It had sentimental value. "This Mustang was my brother and I's high school graduation present in 1974. So, the car was seven years old when my Dad got it for us." Kent has a twin brother. The two shared the Mustang, but Kent eventually ended up with the car. Forty years passed, and the family—spurred by 11-year-old Kade, who apparently was thinking about his first car—was talking about what they wanted to do with the vintage hardtop.
"My son is a car nut. At 11 years of age he actually has raced quarter midgets for years. And we're not racing this summer. So we just started talking about what we want to do with the car. Where will we go with it? What kind of engine; what kind of paint we want?"
Over the past 40 years, Kent had the car re-sprayed a couple of times. He always went back to a similar shade of blue, but never looked up the paint code for the official name. Kade used his Dad's smart phone to look up the color code of C on the data plate. Funny thing, the code of C didn't come up in Kade's searches. Paint charts went from B to D, skipping C. What was up? Kade did more research. The data plate was original, Kent knew that for sure. The DSO read 615160. The 61, of course, is for District Sales Office for Dallas. Why did this DSO contain the additional numbers 6150?
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Kade dug deeper with his research and found an article by this author in Mustang Monthly on a Lone Star Special. Then Kade told his father, "Dad, I think our Mustang is a ‘Lone Star Special'—popularly known as the Bluebonnet Special." Kent told us, "Being from Oklahoma I said, ‘No!'" Then Kent thought back to 1974 when his father bought the Mustang in Ardmore, Oklahoma, just 30 miles from the border of north Texas.
All those years Kent Faith had wondered about the color. No other Mustang he had ever seen was this shade of blue, a color he just referred to as "Aqua." In my article that Kade found in a 2005 issue of Mustang Monthly, the Faith family read about the special-order paint and the "Lone Star Limited" Texas shaped badge on each front fender. They read about the engine being either a 289 or a six-cylinder, and the Sports Sprint Package.
Production was 175 painted Bluebonnet Blue. Of the 175, 173 of them had standard blue vinyl bucket seats. Also, 131 of the 175 had air conditioning. What was even more interesting is that only five or six are known to exist today. "We will restore it to its original configuration, paint and everything. And the medallion, we'd love to have the medallions for it." Kent's car did not come with air conditioning. It was a plain hardtop with a 200ci-six backed by a three-speed manual transmission. The car did have an AM radio. Surface rust is all the oxidation Kent can find, so the car will be easy to restore, a classic father/son project.