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The Deuce's 1966 Mustang GT convertible has a historic French connection | Hagerty Media

Considering that the Mustang is one of Ford's most iconic models and burst onto the scene during Henry Ford II's reign as head of the company, it's a very big deal when the Deuce's personal pony car heads to public auction.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/auctions/the-deuces-1966-mustang-gt-convertible-has-a-historic-french-...
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Flashman
Instructor

Ford didn't shock Ferrari at leMans; more like steam-rollered them.
427sc
Intermediate Driver

Cool ride...
Gotta love the 289 HiPo 4 Speed.
I'm guessing it'll go for @$200-$300K.
It needs a big wing on the back deck!
LoL...
Iso_Grifo
Advanced Driver

That's a very special Mustang. I am surprised at how much I love his personal touches. Very nice!
rbfortney
New Driver

How does somebody take a historically significant and very cool car like that and put a cheap set of Maxxis tires on it. Isn't Maxxis big in golf cart and ATV tires? Doesn't a set of good ol' Firestones make more sense?
JFHLEMANS
Pit Crew

Because in France, Firestone was not available a coup^le year ago... the c ar was purchased in France 2 years ago
RichH
Detailer

1 word: Michelin!
Eric2
Intermediate Driver

I'd say it's just an added expense that probably won't make a difference in the final hammer price? Besides, anyone paying a few hundred grand for the car will only look at upgrading tires as "chump change"
JAG
Intermediate Driver

Agree on the tires. Big failure you see all the time. Will spend untold amounts of money on some invisible item, then buy some off brand tire. Pony up ( yes it is a pun) and go to Coker and get the correct tires. Also does it really have a leather conv top? Imagine folding that up. Still I bet HFII spent less than an hour in that car. He would rather pick up his women in an Lincoln. His famous line goes something like this... No excuses no explanations.
JFHLEMANS
Pit Crew

Because in France, Firestone was not available a coup^le year ago... the c ar was purchased in France 2 years ago.

Spookysgarage
New Driver

Love this car!! Why Ford did not opt to purchase it and keep at Dearborn is beyond me.
Dhturk
Intermediate Driver

Maybe Ford tried, but the seller insisted on taking it to auction knowing that they have at least one bidder with deep pockets.
gooseboy78
Pit Crew

because that would cost ford money. the deuce has travelled the wold and was easier to leave the car in the country its used in. because shipping and freight and customs costs money and time.
Numberscruncher
Detailer

Beautiful car for a '66. I'd love a leather interior in my 64.5.
DanC
Pit Crew

This Mustang is cool, but I saw another cool personally owned "Ford" that has equal cool factor...I wonder if any Hagerties know where it is today. My father's lifelong (I call him "Uncle") friend in Detroit was close to Henry II...very close. He has many personal early Ford family cars...and a ton of others. As a early teenage I saw a stunning candy apple red Cougar with white leather in his personal collection. It had Ford's initials engraved in the seat belt buckles and stitched into the white leather seat backs, I was told it had a 428? 429? motor in it and was dubbed an XR8 Cougar and he got it from the Deuce personally. When my "Uncle" knew it was time to sell off the amazing collection...most went to an Arizona auction house. I have never seen or heard about the car again.
rokky
Intermediate Driver

The first generation Mustangs will live forever in the hearts of all man kind.
MustangJim
Detailer

Thats a cool car with some very special features. Would appreciate if Haggerty follows up on the sale price. With the money some of these special cars are bringing I could not venture a guess on this one. That interior is gorgeous. I totally agree with others on the tires, c'mon here.. they could of done a lot better then that.
JFHLEMANS
Pit Crew

HFII never use this car at Le Mans track in 1966 and 1967... he used an helicopter to go on the race from the castle hotel. On the track in 1966 he was the passenger , with Christina , Edsel II and Giovanni Agnelli of a well known red convertible drove by Henri Chemin PR of Ford France... That mean that Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson do not know anything about the Le Mans 1966 race
jekirkbride
Intermediate Driver

Barrett-Jackson accused of over hyping a can on the blocks?
The thought of it!
MATTMERICA
Instructor

Did the really call him the Deuce? Seems, I don't know, kind of derogatory.....
wentwest
Intermediate Driver

So the Maxxis tires are the thing we should focus on? Get real. Who cares what tires are on it at this point? Does anyone think the tires are going to effect the final bid? Can you imagine someone saying "Well, I'd up the bid to $275,000 but I'm going to pass because it doesn't have Firestone tires."
CaptainRocket
Pit Crew

I believe the tires were just an observation. If the car is original and period correct then the Maxxis tires would be incorrect. I do not thing anyone suggested the final price would be affected by the tires.
wdb
Detailer

"HFII" on the keys, horn ring, who knows where else. EGO. 🙂

Spent most of its life in France, did he leave it there after LeMans? Or maybe he stored it there to use on race week for the years he went.

Interesting car and story. Should be a humdinger at auction.
427sc
Intermediate Driver

Ego.... Probably more like in-breeding... LoL...

The "Fords" have anyway been rather "eccentric".

I can't give too much info, but a buddy of mine works for the current "Ford" at the top of the glass house in Dearborn; he has a very close relationship with the man.

My friend says; "The guy is a loon"... LoL...

I hope I didn't just get him fired... LoL...

Jocko
Pit Crew

I'll say it hits $100K in the 1st 5 seconds, tops out between $450-500K. Funny thing is that a no miles original GT hit well into 6 figures recently and the bid was turned down, couldn't tell you if it ever sold. GT sports roof (fastbacks) with paper and provenance were close or into 6 figures not long ago. This car belongs with the 2 Shelby coupes as a triple crown. Your resuts may vary, tax n title extra, no purchase necessary, see your retailer for details, void where prohibited...
CaptainRocket
Pit Crew

Some equipment shown is optional, action figures sold separately...
61Rampy
Advanced Driver

Battery Not Included.
mwmyers91
Detailer

Provenance is really a big thing, ask Steve McQueen.
gooseboy78
Pit Crew

the deuce had all of his cars different to the average customer or bascally something your average customer couldnt order.
he liked black cars
brown leather interior and full options
i know of a ford escort mk 2 optioned for him.
VolvoSleeper
Pit Crew

Is the top actually leather?
VolvoSleeper
Pit Crew

No doubt this was a special car. I ordered a ‘65 Ford Falcon Hartop in Kansas City. My uncle Al was a manager at the Claycomo Ford Plant. My car went through that plant and got extra attention at every station. Most astounding was the paint. The Burgundy that I ordered literally sparkled, and I had 4 speakers and an AM FM that I didn’t order. So I’m certain Deuce got whatever he wanted
SJ
Instructor

Awesome car with or without the "pedigree". I got to drive one in 1968, I was a Pontiac guy at the time with a bored out 389 Catalina, over a 100 CI less and went like hell so surprised!
jekirkbride
Intermediate Driver

Those K-code cars surprised a lot of people.
OldRoad
Instructor

I like the extra body stabilizer bars bolted on top of the factory brackets from the fire wall reaching past the shock towers and secured to the fender skirts on either side. Wonder if that set up works any better or as good as the cross bar the Shelby factory added to their GT 350 R competition cars? Also, wonder if the power steering system included that ungodly awful control valve the factory used to link into the steering? That set up was a sloppy mess right out of the factory gates. I'm certain the Deuce new that and had them bolt a hydraulic gear and a manual center link. I hope.
RichH
Detailer

LEATHER top? REALLY? I think you're thinking of "leatherette", AKA PVC (vinyl). 
I've always liked Cougar interiors, guess I'm not alone.
I had a 79 Capri Ghia 5.0 which I thought had MUCH better lines than the Fox bodied 'stang. (sorry I sold that one!)
I also had a '68 and, while I understand that it is not the same car as this 66, I'm trying to figure out what that silver bell shaped thingy is next to the starter relay.

RichH
Detailer

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Sajeev
Community Manager

You sure can, this link will help

RichH
Detailer

I tried to click on it, but nothing happened.
Sajeev
Community Manager
RichH
Detailer

I clicked on the link and nothing happened. I copied and pasted and got page not found. 😞
Sajeev
Community Manager

I don't understand why that's happening to you, the link works for me. But if you google "Hagerty Community Help: How do I edit my post?" the first hit will show you how to edit posts. 

RichH
Detailer

Got it. THANKS!
And your link does work "in community".

 

Gary6
Pit Crew

I bought a '68 Mustang GT 302 4bbl, 4sp in a teal blue. First year with front disc brakes and radial ply BFG tires. Great looking car, reasonably quick but was always blown off by my buddies 302 '67 Camaro.
I only had the car a year as it had a miserable vibration at 70 mph. I took the car to the Ford plant for the engineers to look at Oakville after many visits to the dealer to get it fixed. Ford blamed it on the disc brakes, the radial tires, just about anything. I traded in the Mustang on a new Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV (that I still own).
In 1974 it was discovered that Ford pinion castings in the late '60's were sometimes cast 10 thousandths off true centre. At the driveshaft speed at 70 mph, a resonance in the smaller cars was felt. As a fussy tech guy, it drove me crazy. Still wish I had not traded the Mustang, overall I loved it.
MrThunder
Pit Crew

These days, it wouldn't shock me if this thing made it to half a mil....
chrlsful
Instructor

two plus two in Blue ('s mine). Like the white top here tho.
Kid wrked at the local Sunoco hada fastback in the day. Back seat was never up. We puta 8 track in that deck so it pointed toward driver's right shoulder, easy to change a tape'n get back to drivin.

These notch backs all ways seemed more sedate...
Gary_Bechtold
Technician

I like the interior and exterior touches on this car. The top isn't may favorite but otherwise it's a great looking car.