Kendra Sommer
March 29, 2019

For most people, the search for the perfect Mustang can take years. It’s not every day that the perfect pony car finds you, but that’s exactly what happened for Jim Mattison.

Jim got a phone call one day from a gentlemen who was moving and wanted to know if anyone would be interested in the Mustang he had for sale. Well, once Jim found out that this particular Mustang was a K-code car it caused his ears to perk up with serious interest. K-code Mustangs are highly desirable 289 “Hi-Po” and represent less than one percent of the 1.7 million Mustangs built in the first three years. Jim’s car is thought to be the earliest documented K-code convertible ever built.

The car was complete with the original drivetrain, but needed a bit of restoration. Jim said, "The car was in wonderful condition but of course I handed it off to H&H Performance since they specialize in K-codes."

After the resto work was done, the car was at the 2018 MCACN which was the first time that Jim had seen it in its fully restored glory, taking him back to his childhood on a Christmas morning. "I was like a kid in the candy store when I first saw the car,” he said.

The stats on this special K-code Mustang are pretty impressive. It sports the 289 Hi-Po, obvious, that makes 271 hp feeds a 4-speed transmission. Surprisingly, the car was ordered with a very short list of options so it doesn’t have power steering, power brakes, or much else. The Raven Black with white interior is a striking combination, especially with the top down.