1966 Ford Mustero – the Ultra Rare Mustang Pickup

October 22, 2016

1966-mustero-sFor the 1966 model year with Ford’s blessing, Beverly Hills Ford, a Los Angeles area car dealership which permanently closed its doors a decade ago, produced a small run of Mustang pickups – about 50 were produced. Beverly Hills Ford called these special Mustangs – Musteros which was the combination of the words “Mustang” and “Ranchero”. The 1966 Ford Ranchero was a pickup that was derived from the Ford Falcon. Since the Mustang was also built on the Falcon platform, it seemed only natural that a pickup truck version of the Mustang should be produced.

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Beverly Hills Ford didn’t follow the conventional route, adding a boxy pickup truck bed to the Mustang. Instead it modified the roof by moving it forward a few feet. It then created a pickup bed where the backseat and trunk normally resided. After the conversion, the Mustero was a 2-seater. Since the rear quarter panels and rear taillight area kept the stock Mustang appearance, the Mustero was a very stylish pickup. A vinyl tunnel cover not only kept the rain out of the rear pickup bed, it helped the Mustero to maintain the Mustang’s streamlined look.

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Only 50 Musteros were produced for 1966. The Mustero added a hefty $6,500 to the Mustang’s price which brought the total base delivery price to a little over $9,000, as a comparison that was over $2,000 more than a 1966 Lamborghini Miura. The Mustero is the perfect Mustang for any collector who likes to walk to the beat of a different drummer.

 

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