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1968 Mustang Fastback - Fastbacks In The Trees
Mustang fastbacks don’t grow on trees. Or do they? Paul Scott was “in shock” as he peered through the thick undergrowth on wild, rural land west of Tyler, Texas.
“The more I looked, the more I could see,” Paul said in reference to the ’67-’68 Mustang fastbacks, ’65-’66 coupes, a pair of Mustangs IIs, a couple of Mercury Cougars, and more. It was a wonderland of Ford collector cars peppered among the trees like fruit ripe for the picking.
A member of Mustangs of East Texas, Paul heard about this Rare Find through a club member, Jim Ellis. “Jim knew that my dad and I were looking for a ’67 or ’68 fastback,” Paul explains.
Among the classic Mustangs was at least one ’67 and one ’68 in the fastback body style. Unfortunately, Paul learned that the cars were not for sale, at least at first. Patience proved the virtue that netted classic Mustang gold. Two people owned the cars. One of the owners had passed away and the son inherited four of the cars on the land. He needed money and decided to sell. Paul’s dad, Art, managed to buy four Mustangs—a ’67 fastback, ’67 coupe, ’68 fastback, and ’68 coupe.
“Dad gave me the ’67 fastback so I could have a Mustang project of my own,” Paul says. The ’67 was his dream find. Although the drivetrain and suspension were gone, the VIN revealed that the car was originally equipped with an S-code 390 and manual transmission.
The ’68 fastback is now Art’s project. Also gutted with no suspension or drivetrain, this classic was originally a 289-2V car. The floorpans were rusted out, but the body was solid.
Whoever dumped these cars in the woods in the late 1970s to early 1980s set the bodies on top of old wheels and tires. The ’67 fastback served as the corner of a goat pen.