Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 7, 2012
Photos By: Source Interlink Archives

The '65-'66 Mustang surprised everyone--even Ford--with its amazing success during the mid-1960s. With nearly 1.3 million sold, aftermarket companies climbed on the bandwagon to offer products that would appeal to the new ponycar market. One of those products was the Hobo, a fiberglass roof that converted a '65-'66 Mustang convertible into a station wagon.

Recently, Source Interlink Media photo archivist Thomas Voehringer ran across photos of the Hobo hardtop from a photo shoot for Motor Trend magazine. He then traced the photos to a one-page article, titled "Hobo on Horseback," in the May 1967 issue. Only four photos were used, so here, for the first time, are a number of photos showing more detail.

According to the Motor Trend article, the Hobo top was designed by Arthur Camp and manufactured by Joel Patrick, Inc. in Sherman Oaks, California. Retailing for $595, it was promoted as a 15-minute installation to provide extra luggage capacity or even additional seating for children with Ford's Astro-Guard child seats mounted in the trunk (don't try that today). Apparently, the Hobo top was not very popular; we've never seen one in use or at a swap meet. We doubt you'll see reproductions in Mustang vendor catalogs any time soon.

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