Jerry Heasley
December 8, 2015

Bob Simons was already thinking to himself, “This one’s not for me. I’m out. It’s probably going to need way too much work.”

Mustangs are a hobby to Simons and he didn’t want to get himself into a 10-year project, saying, “I could see the rear end laying on the ground. I work full time and have another part-time job, so I didn’t want to invest the time in the car.” But then, the luminescence of a C-stripe hit his eyes as he peered inside the garage in the small town of Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles from his home in Bethlehem.

The seller was giving him more information on the car and Simons heard model year 1968, body style convertible, automatic C4 transmission, owned since 1971, purchased from original buyer, sold in area brand new, and so on. Simons zoned out a bit as he weaved his way through mounds of stuff toward the 1968 to get a closer look. He wanted to know if this 1968 could possibly be a GT. Of course, C-stripes did not mean GT, but they were a hint. But, there was no room to open the doors—the 1968 had been parked in this spot since 1987. Apparently, a fender-bender (rear quarter) put the Mustang out of circulation and the owner’s husband began tearing the 1968 apart in pursuit of a restoration in the late ’80s.

The stock J-code, 302 four-barrel was still in the car.

For years, the top had been down, revealing no seats or door panels, and for maybe just as long, the hood had been open, revealing a 302. Simons leaned down and spied a “J” code in the fifth digit of the VIN stamped on the fender apron under the hood. Wow, this engine was the 302-4V, a factory GT small-block V-8. But, was this 1968 a factory GT? Then, Simons hit the dirt. He found the body buck tag on the radiator support and made out the capital letters “GT.” The lady never mentioned her car was GT.

Simons got the lead on this 1968 convertible from his part-time job, where he said, “I told everybody I was searching for another Mustang” and a woman at work mentioned her sister-in-law’s Mustang. Simon said, “I didn’t figure it would be for sale, but she said she could find out. I didn’t even know the model year or body style,” but when he called the owner he was surprised to hear it was a 1968 convertible. “Of the three body styles I like the convertible the most. The three Mustangs I have now are convertibles. I’m a convertible guy. That’s the thing. I love them.”

Bob was surprised and delighted to find a deluxe interior with Convenience Group and simulated wood trim. The odometer had just rolled over.

The 1968 needed both rear quarters, but the floorpans and trunk were solid and the cowl did not leak. Simons realized he had a project on his hands, but the presence of the GT motivated him to make a deal. The car still had its original Royal Maroon paint with a gold C-stripe, but the paint was basically all gone.

Options include the 302-4V, C4 automatic, 3.25:1 Traction-Lok rear axle, console, Convenience Group, 6,000-rpm tachometer, 8 Track tape player, turn signal hood, Deluxe parchment interior, power disc brakes, power steering, power top, and power top—and the GT Equipment Group. In the process of disassembling the car, somebody cut the rear leaf springs, which severely restricted movement so Simons installed leaf springs to roll the car out of the garage.

The 1968 was in pieces and definitely needed a lot of work, but the asking price was right at $1,200, and Simons tells us he’s in the process of redoing the car as we speak.

The C-stripe piqued Bob Simon’s interest—maybe this convertible was a GT?