This striking blue 1968 Ford Mustang hardtop was discovered in the middle of a mountain bike ride in Boulder, Colorado. I love endangered car surprises!
The colour contrasted nicely with the dramatic sky and surrounding green scenery.
While living in Colorado this year, I bumped into these first generation Mustang’s a lot. A popular collector car choice for cruising around a beautiful state, and of course the dry conditions are perfect to keep them in good shape. There are also a tonne of the new modern day Mustang’s on the road, and it occurred to me that they will never become a collector car like the early editions, they just do not have the same appeal, and quite frankly are a step backwards in design.
Here is a good look at the back end. I love those tail lights, so cool looking. The chrome trim looks really great with this blue colour.
Be sure to check out the white 1965 or 1966 Ford Mustang, also spotted in the Boulder area, but was driven up from Texas.
Here is a great look at the side profile. I love the mini triangle windows in the front…I believe these were invented for smokers…an easy ash flick when on the go. But perhaps they are just about catching a quick breath of fresh air. It would be cool to see them on new cars once again, but I doubt that will occur. New designs as we know are primarily driven by the requirement to be cheap. I don’t get it…why would you celebrate this magnificent design with a cheap not as good looking version?
Here is a close up of the chrome side ornamentation a notable feature of the 1968 Ford Mustang. The 289 refers to the 289 cubic inch (4.7 L) V8 Ford Windsor engine, that was originally produced in the Windsor Ontario engine plant.
The high performance 289 option although a powerful option was actually second choice to a newer engine found in the Ford Thunderbird a 390 cubic inch V8 (6.4L) gas guzzler, also available for order in the Stang.
Here is a great look at the beautiful lines on the sides and hood. Cool air vents. You can see that in 1968, the FORD lettering was removed from the hood.
So this is the hardtop coupe version of the Mustang.
But there was another model available as well…the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback that I discovered in Budapest. Same year, but a totally different and very cool look.
Lets take a closer look at some details.
Above, we have a close up of the gas tank cap ornamentation. I love the lightning bolt shape to the key hole.
Below, we have a good look at the matching wheels and seemingly original Mustang hub caps.
Here is a closer look at the interior. Love that body swoop by the rear triangle window.
A closer look at those amazing vertical dash tail lights.
A minor exterior trim change to the 1968 model was the rear-view (nowadays side view) mirror seen below that is rectangular or square, as opposed to the previous oval or round shape.
So…there you have it, a pretty nice looking 1968 Ford Mustang hardtop found parked at a trailhead near Boulder Colorado!