Jerry Heasley
October 29, 2015

K-code GT convertibles are unusual to begin with, but there was something special about Mike Curry’s 1966 model, though it wasn’t until we looked at the photos that we realized what that special something was. And no, it wasn’t the automatic transmission.

Every 1965 K-code (289 High Performance) came mandatory with a four-speed, but in 1966 Ford expanded the transmission choice to include the Cruise-O-Matic. Curry’s 1966 has the optional automatic, which is special but not “something special.” Neither were the 1965-type Styled Steel wheels on this 1966: Curry’s 1966 was built very early in the model year, October 5 to be exact, and the early build date explains the wheels (with chrome-plated wheel rims instead of 1966-type chrome trim rings). That’s special, but not something special.

Curry also mentioned his 1966 came from the Metuchen assembly plant with a 1965 interior, code D5, as indicated on both the original door warranty tag and the body buck tag under the hood. What is D5? First, there is no D5 for 1966. D5 is a 1965 trim code for standard white bucket seats with red appointments. These appointments, or trim, consist of the dash, seatbelts, and carpet. The white with red really makes this car stand out. This color combination is stock and really makes this K-GT something special. Is there another Mustang built in a Candyapple Red K-GT, a 1966 model, with this 1965 derived interior?

Part of the GT Equipment Group in 1966 was a special grille with foglamps.
Mike Curry’s K-GT came from the factory with tinted glass.
The K-GT also came with a white manual top.

Curry entered his Something Special K-GT in the MCA Grand Nationals show in Columbus, Ohio, this past September, which is where we spotted the car among a group of K-GTs waiting to be judged in the parking lot of the Hilton. Curry wasn’t around, but his friend, Richard Porter, was standing beside his K-GT green fastback. Porter began telling me about Curry’s 1966, and suddenly, the car’s history came alive.

“This car was found on the streets of Fairfax County, Virginia, by a gentleman delivering pizzas. He realized what it was and purchased the car and took it to Fredericksburg to start a restoration.” We picked up the story later with Curry himself, who said he sold his 1966 GT fastback to buy this car, saying, “I bought it fresh out of the body shop. It was a rolling shell. I did everything but paint and body. I didn’t do the convertible top. Everything else I did myself, even the interior and everything, all the detail work— everything.” The bodywork included a set of rear quarters, rockers, and floorpans.

Ford added a GT gas cap in 1966.
Styled Steel wheels are of the 1965-type, featuring a full-chromed rim.

Curry’s K-GT came from the factory with (and still has) a set of 3.89:1 gears so the car is not a great highway cruiser with such low gears, but it’s quick even with the open (non-limited slip) differential. Other options, in addition to the 289 High Performance solid-lifter small-block and C4 automatic, are few: tinted windows, AM radio, and a driver side remote mirror. Of course, the Hi-Po buyer in 1966 wasn’t after luxury. The 271-horse 289 was the hottest engine in the 1965-1966 Mustang lineup, and was the basis for Shelby’s G.T.350.

For the record, Curry (and his four friends hauling their classic Mustangs on the same car hauler) won a Gold award in MCA Judging. “I think I got 7 points deducted,” Curry said. Now that’s Something Special.

The interior really makes this K-GT special—white with red appointments on the dash, carpet, and seatbelts.
The car still had its original body buck tag, verifying options.
The 289 Hi-Po was Ford’s top performance engine in the 1965 and 1966 Mustang.
The original door data plate came with the car.
Hi-Po emblems are the real-deal on this 1966 convertible.