For its first major restyling in 1967, Ford wasn’t about to depart from the long-hood, short-rear-deck theme that was so popular; so, they played up this theme for hardtop, convertible, and fastback body styles with a larger grille opening, twin inlet sidescoops, a concave taillight panel, and many more features.
The ’68 was a ’67 with slight changes, so the two model years look very similar. A number of notable differences separate the two model years, such as the simulated sidescoops on the rear quarters just behind each door. Large grille bars to either side of the center-mounted “horse and corral” ornament returned for ’67, and then disappeared again in ’68, even on the GT. We’ve outlined key changes below to form a spotter’s guide for the 1967-1968 model years.
Standard 1967 Mustangs came stock with large grille bars on either side of the center-mounted running horse ornament.
The 1967 GT incorporated foglamps into the large grille bars. All 1967s had “FORD” letters on the leading edge of the hood, which Ford eliminated in 1968.
1967 GTs came with GT side stripes along the lower body between the wheelwells. The logo inside of 1967 GT stripes incorporated “GT” letters on each front quarter. The letters were “GTA” for a 1967 Mustang with automatic transmission.
GT side stripes
For 1968, a GT emblem was again on the fender, but looked like this: a rectangular black badge with a bright edge and bright GT initials.
Both 1967 and 1968 Mustang GTs came with a pop-open–style gas cap assembly. The ’67 GT lettering is black, and the ’68, seen here, is red.
Both the 1967 and 1968 GT have dual exhausts with chrome “quad outlets.”
Whether standard or GT, as seen here, the rectangular mesh grille on 1967 models came with a large, center-mounted running horse ornament.
For 1968, the grille contained bright trim around the inside edge. The mesh grille is slightly concave for 1968.
The running horse ornament was noticeably smaller for 1968.
1967 taillights feature chrome bezels.
1968 taillights are 1967-style chrome bezels, but have black painted inserts.
Styled Steel wheels with trim rings returned from 1966 for the 1967 model year, but the wheels were wider, and the center cap is blue with points that line up with the wheel spokes.
The gas cap and chrome taillight bezels with black inserts identify this Mustang as 1968 model.
The standard gas cap for 1967 has a three-bar spinner style with the familiar tri-color running horse logo inside its ceramic center.
In 1967, the pop-open–style gas cap assembly without GT logo, seen here, was part of the Exterior Decor Group.
The script on this front fender emblem identifies this Mustang as a ’68 and not a GT. The lack of a V-8 engine size at the top of the running horse indicates it is a six-cylinder model.
The 1968 running horse grille ornament is noticeably smaller than the 1967.
One easy-to-spot styling cue on 1967 Mustangs is the scoop with twin simulated air intakes on the rear quarter-panel.
Non-GT 1967 Mustang front fenders mount a Mustang running horse emblem (with engine size on V-8s) and “MUSTANG” in block lettering.
Ford’s Exterior Decor Group (hardtop and convertible only) was unique to 1967 and included hood louvers with integral turn signals. Other parts of this package included bright metal molding around the wheel openings and a pop-open gas cap.
The 1968 GT grille was standard with foglamps.
Standard 1967 Mustang bucket seats feature vinyl upholstery with horizontal stitching.
Standard 1968 Mustang bucket seats feature vinyl upholstery with vertical stitching, plus side bolsters that go around the sides and bottom edges of the seat.
This vertical sidescoop ornament is unique to 1968.
Although a hubcap that covered the lugs and exposed the painted rim was standard for 1967, most Mustangs came with the radial spoke wheel cover, seen here, featuring a red ceramic center and running horse logo.
The 1967 standard interior features a three-spoke steering wheel with a padded safety cushion in the center.
The 1968 standard interior features a two-spoke, padded steering wheel.
With Deluxe interior, the ’68 steering wheel has a woodgrain rim with a woodgrain applique in the center spoke.
The luxury interior in this 1967 convertible has the optional simulated-wood steering wheel that looks the same as 1965-1966, but with a padded hub.
The standard gas cap was new for 1968, in a two-bar spinner style.
The hot new 428 Cobra Jet, introduced in the spring of 1968, is identified by the GT package, plus a functional ram-air hoodscoop and a black stripe on the hood and cowl.
The center cap on the 1967 Styled Steel wheel is blue for 1967 and with five “fingers” that spread out to meet the spokes in the wheel.
The 1968 California Special had the look of a Shelby in a Mustang hardtop.
1968 Mustangs had a red reflector on each rear quarter-panel, while 1967s had none.
Name the model year and identifying features. Is this a GT? What does the gas cap say about this Mustang?
Name the features of this Mustang that identify the model year.
One big rear-end change for 1967, which carried over into 1968, was the recessed/concave taillight panel.
1968 Mustangs came with a side marker light in each front fender.
Side marker light