A 1966 Ford Mustang K-Code Cabriolet owned by Henry Ford II is on its way to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas scheduled for May 17-19. June is planned.
The K-Code was one of the earliest performance variants of the Mustang. It was a sportier version of the available 289-cubic-inch V-8 with a compression ratio of 10.5: 1, a fixed-lift camshaft, a 4-barrel carburetor, sturdy valve springs, and a high-flow exhaust manifold.
According to the listing, the result was 271 hp, which are fed to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission and a 3.89: 1 rear axle ratio.
Henry Ford II, known as the “Two”, was the son of Edsel Ford and grandson of the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford. After the death of his father, Henry II took over the company and emphasized motorsport as a marketing tool. When his offer to buy Ferrari was turned down, he famously launched the GT40 program that resulted in four consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans victories.
The car comes with documentation from Jean-Jacques Browaeys, Ford France Director of Communication, dated January 3, 1991, confirming that the Mustang, according to the listing, “was commissioned by Ford for Henry Ford II during his visits to France “.
Henry Ford II’s 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-Code Cabriolet (Photo by Barrett-Jackson)
The Mustang wears Raven Black paint (a special finish from the Ford styling department as per the listing), with a white leather convertible top and light brown leather interior. According to the listing, these colors were not available for the Mustang in regular production.
Other unusual features include bucket seats that were later used in the 1967 Mercury Cougar and door panels that would end in the 1968 Cougar. An “HFII” logo is also displayed throughout the interior.
The Deuce’s Mustang also has the GT gear group, including an AM / 8-track stereo, power steering, electrically powered front disc brakes, an electrically adjustable hood, grille-mounted fog lights, dual exhaust, model-specific wheels, and a faster steering ratio, per the Listing.
The car spent most of its life in France, where it was shown at Mustang events, the listing says. Interestingly, Henry Ford II also owned a 1952 Ferrari Barchetta, which is now in the collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.