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1968 Mustang - Making a Bigger Pony Better!
1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback
The Mustang GT, shown here in fastback form, continued its role as the racy Mustang, but there
would be trouble in paradise the following year. (Photo courtesy of Keith Harrelson.)
Improvements and modifications to the 1968 Mustang might be best described as minor tweaks, as
opposed to major changes. The latter had been done the year before, so Ford saw fit to build on
what they had. A few of the modifications made to the 1968 Mustang, however, were harbingers of
things to come. Most notable was the introduction of the 302-ci engine, a powerplant that would
serve Ford well in the future. The Mustang also got a serious big block for the first time — the 427-
ci Cobra. On a down note for all American auto makers, 1967 was the year emissions standards
were starting to kick in and would plague the industry for years to come.

From a cosmetic standpoint, the 1968 Mustang was hardly distinguishable from the previous year.
Trim and script changes were the bywords here, but this certainly isn’t surprising considering the
major alterations that had taken place in 1967. The GT upgrade would continue to be the racier
version of the main Mustang line, but this would be its last year of dominance, as new models were
on the horizon. On the bright side, 1968 would be a highly visible — and innovative — year for the
Shelby Mustangs. For the first time, a convertible would be made available in the Shelby line, in
addition to the fastback. A new variant, the “KR,” would also hit the streets.
Overall sales for the Mustang, however, slid drastically due to increased competition from Ford’s
rivals. By now, the Chevy Camaro had become quite popular, and with all the other pony cars vying
for their share of the stable, it is no small wonder the Mustang took a hit. A total of 317,404 units
were sold in 1968 — a whopping 33 percent decline in overall sales. The hardtop continued to be
the big seller, with an approximately 80 percent share of total production.
1968 Mustang at a Glance
Body Styles: Coupe, convertible, and fastback
Construction: Unibody
Engine Options: 200-ci inline six @ 120 hp, 289-ci V-8 @ 195 hp, 302-ci V-8 @ 210 hp, 302-ci V-8
@ 230 hp, 390-ci V-8 @ 325 hp, 427-ci V-8 @ 390 hp, 428-ci V-8 @ 335 hp.
Suspension: Independent w/coil springs and shocks on front; semi-elliptic leaf springs w/coils and
shocks in rear
Units Sold: 317,404 total, 249,447 coupes, 25,376 convertibles, 42,581 fastbacks
Retail Price: $2,578 coupe, $2,814 convertible, $2,689 fastback
Body And Trim
The most pronounced exterior change to the 1968 Mustang from the previous year was in the grill
facia. For the first time, Ford engineers designed a flattened version of the Mustang emblem and
corral surround. The grill spears were eliminated, and the emblem simply floated on a rectangular
mesh field similar to the 1966 model. A chrome trim perimeter piece was inset within the grill area,
mimicking the grill opening. Also, for the first time, no lettering was used on the lead edge of the
hood. The hood was available with the twin recesses and turn signal indicators as offered the year
before. The recessed hood was originally standard, but Ford added a plain hood early into the
model year, making the recessed hood optional. A two-tone hood with painted louvers was optional
for all models.
1968 Ford Mustang Side Scoop 1968 Ford Mustang Fender Emblems
For the first time, script lettering replaced the block style used on the front fenders of earlier
Mustangs. The tri-color badge remained intact, with the engine displacement displayed on its top
portion (V-8 models only).
1968 Ford Mustang Grill 1968 Ford Mustang Front
The corral surround differed from earlier
Mustangs in that it was very shallow and the
base of the corral was wider than the top,
mimicking the shape of the grill opening and
trim piece within.
The front grill on the ‘68 Mustang had a
flattened corral surround with an additional trim
piece running inside the main opening.
Although this convertible is not a GT, it carries
nearly every option offered with the package.
Notice the lettering on the lead edge of the
hood was absent on 1968 models.
1968 Ford Mustang Back
The side flanks got a few nifty changes for 1968. The tri-color badge (with engine designations for
V-8 engines) remained on the front fender as usual, but a script-style lettering was used to spell out
“Mustang” — another first. The body-color side scoops on the 1967 model were not well received,
so Ford went back to chrome trim with a simple gilled trim piece. Front and rear side markers
became standard to meet new government safety regulations. Rocker panel moldings were
standard on fastback and convertible models and were optional on coupes. The side vents on the
fastback roof were retained unchanged. On the rear, the taillights went unchanged except for black
paint added to the inside of the bezels. The chrome trunk molding was now standard. Convertible
buyers had a choice of black or white tops. A power roof and folding rear glass option was
available. For a list of GT options, see the section covering 1968 Mustang variants below.

Paint options (with Ford code numbers in parentheses) for the 1968 Mustang were as follows:
Raven Black (A), Royal Maroon (B), Acapulco Blue (D), Gulfstream Aqua (F), Lime Gold (I),
Wimbledon White (M), Diamond Blue (N), Seafoam Green (O), Brittany Blue (Q), Highland Green
(R), Candy Apple Red (T), Tahoe Turquoise (U), Meadowlark Yellow (W), Presidential Blue (X),
Sunlit Gold (Y), and Pebble Beige (6).
Interior and Trunk
The 1968 Mustang had several interesting updates never seen on the Mustang before. The
steering wheel had an energy-absorbing column as part of Ford’s standard Lifeguard Design
Features package. The steering wheel had an elongated two-spoke design (there was no round
center hub) with a semi-circular horn ring positioned below the center crosspiece. A center
depression housed a small plastic tri-color badge with three faux holes of descending size
emanating from each side. Another new feature was a rearview mirror that was suspended from the
windshield glass as opposed to a bracket attached to the inner roof.
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Ford Mustang 1964 1/2 to 1973 Ford Mustang 1964-1/2 - 1973
by Pat Covert
Designed for the Mustang restorer & model car builder alike, this
book gives vintage Mustang enthusiasts the detailed information
and Illustrations they need to build highly accurate models or
restored full-size cars. The text covers what finishes, materials,
and parts were correct for each year, with information on
variations and options. Full-color photos show detailed views of
the car’s body and trim, chassis and undercarriage, drivetrain and
engine bay, and interior. Straight profile and front and rear views
are printed to scale to allow enthusiasts to accurately place
decals, stripes, and trim pieces. Sidebars cover production
numbers, performance figures, and paint, trim, and interior codes
and colors.

Most vintage Mustangs have been modified heavily over the last
40 years. This book will show you how your Mustang really was
originally, including accurate 1/24-scale photos and extremely
detailed color shots of the interior, suspension, chassis, engine
compartment and other hard-to-find angles! This book will prove
to be an indispensable resource for model builders, enthusiasts,
restorers, & owners.
Click below to view sample
pages of each chapter.
Chap. 1 - 1964-1/2 Mustang
Chap. 2 -
1965 Mustang
Chap. 3 -
1966 Mustang
Chap. 4 -
1967 Mustang
Chap. 5 -
1968 Mustang
Chap. 6 -
1969 Mustang
Chap. 7 -
1970 Mustang
Chap. 8 -
1971 Mustang
Chap. 9 -
1972 Mustang
Chap. 10 -
1973 Mustang
Chap. 11 -
Modeling
8-1/2 x 11"
112 pages
Softbound
Item # SP079
Price: $discontinued
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This is a great book that any Mustang enthusiast will love!


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