A 1966 Ford Mustang K-Code convertible owned by Henry Ford II is heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas scheduled for June-17-19.
The K-Code was a single of the earliest overall performance variants of the Mustang. It featured a sportier model of the offered 289-cubic-inch V-eight, boasting a ten.five:one compression ratio, a sound-lifter camshaft, a four-barrel carburetor, hefty-duty valve springs, and a substantial-movement exhaust manifold.
The end result was 271 hp, in accordance to the listing, which is routed to the rear wheels by means of a four-pace guide transmission and three.89:one rear-finish gearing.
Acknowledged as the “Deuce,” Henry Ford II was the son of Edsel Ford, and grandson of Ford Motor Business founder Henry Ford. Following his father’s death, Henry II took in excess of the organization and emphasized motorsports as a advertising device. When his provide to purchase Ferrari was turned down, he famously launched the GT40 plan that led to 4 consecutive 24 Hrs of Le Mans wins.
The auto comes with documentation from Jean-Jacques Browaeys, Ford France director of communication, dated Jan. three, 1991, confirming the Mustang was “commissioned by Ford for Henry Ford II in the course of his stays in France,” in accordance to the listing.
Henry Ford II’s 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-Code convertible (Photograph by Barrett-Jackson)
The Mustang wears Raven Black paint (a specific finish from Ford’s styling division, per the listing), with a white leather convertible prime and tan leather interior. These colours weren’t offered on the normal-manufacturing Mustang, in accordance to the listing.
Other uncommon characteristics incorporate bucket seats that would later on be employed in the 1967 Mercury Cougar, and door-panel trim that would wind up in the 1968 Cougar. An “HFII” brand is displayed during the interior as nicely.
The Deuce’s Mustang also has the GT Tools Group, which includes an AM/eight-track stereo, energy steering, energy front disc brakes, a energy convertible prime, grille-mounted fog lights, dual exhaust, model-particular wheels, and a faster steering ratio, per the listing.
The auto invested most of its daily life in France, the place it was proven at Mustang occasions, the listing says. Interestingly, Henry Ford II also owned a 1952 Ferrari Barchetta, which is now in the assortment of Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum.