1968 Ford Mustang Convertible - A Tough Sell
Dave Cooper's Flawless '68 Ragtop Might've Once Been A Hard-To-Market Color, But Not Anymore
"After I bought my first Mustang-this '68 convertible," Dave Cooper told us, "the previous owner confessed that he had difficulty selling it due to the color, even though it was a very solid car. When it came time to repaint it, I wanted to change the color combo to red with a white interior. However, my wife Linda insisted the car should remain the way it came from the factory, including the original Lime Gold paint."
It's hard to believe this color would cause this beautiful '68 droptop to be a hard sell for the previous owner, but we're sure happy that Dave's better half laid down the law against a color change. After all, red Mustangs are common enough and we happen to think this bright green hue looks rather spectacular, don't you?
Besides the color, there are other tidbits of info on this legit show winner, including the J-code four-barrel 302 mill, C4 automatic trans, and 3.00:1-geared 8-inch axle. With less than 65,000 miles on the ticker, the car is also a survivor of sorts, as most of its original parts were still in place, making the five-year restoration process, done in stages, a little easier. Although the car was driven and entered into shows the entire time, the paint and interior were done in 1996, detailing the engine compartment was done in 1998, and the suspension and undercarriage were detailed in 2001. Luckily, the car is rust free, still has its original factory body panels, and the undercarriage only needed cleaning and detailing to show the original factory finish.
Also worth mentioning are the factory options including an AM radio, tinted glass, A/C, a console, deluxe seatbelts, a power top with a folding glass window, the automatic transmission, power front disc brakes, power steering, and styled-steel wheels wrapped with 205/70R14 BFGoodrich whitewall radial tires to make the driving experience a little bit better.
Besides being a looker, this machine is a real trophy magnet, too. The shelf of goods includes metal in the last two years for First at the Concours D'Elegance Show at Minter Gardens ('55-'74 Open class); The GVMA (Greater Vancouver Mustang Association-Dave's club affiliation) 2000 Car of the Year; Silver in Concours Driven at the 2000 MCA National Show in Bellevue, Washington; and Gold in Concours Driven at the 2001 MCA Regional Show in Bellevue, Washington.
Besides showing the car, Dave likes to take it on family outings and local cruise nights and car shows of all kinds in both southern British Columbia (where he calls Coquitlam home) and Washington State. It all adds up to a completed resto project that now serves as a show winner and a family cruiser. What more could you ask for from a striking vintage Mustang convertible?