Review of the
Auto World/Ertl model in scale 1:18
is already a showstopper in the box, as this model car is stunning in
yellow, called Aspen Gold. This particular color was a part of a limited
production run from Ford to boost advertising and publicity. And even
this model is produced in limited numbers of approx 1000 – this is
If you like Mustangs as many do, you will surely like this 1967 Fastback
GT. In my book this Mustang is one of the best looking of them all; as
the new 66-68 design give the car a true sense of speed and coolness.
Just remember the film Bullitt were Steve McQueen drove the green 1968,
390 GT Fastback!
Auto World´s model is heavy – I will estimate a weight of 3lbs or 1.5Kg!
You get a lot of “steel” for your money. So let’s take a closer look of
this handsome model.
As this car fall in to the category of a true muscle car, we will start
in the engine bay or motor room. When we open the hood, our attention
well fall on the "Small" block V8, 289 cu. Inch, (4.7L) 271 HK. from Ford.
This blue motor, give a fine statement, with all the chrome upper parts
and well made air filter. The details are good, as we see some fine
stickers incl. the “289” and oil requirement etc. Hoses and battery is
present too, so all in all a good looking motor room! But if we look on
the hinges on the lid, Auto World have made the better- Just look at my
1964 ˝ Mustang Convertible on the list of my model cars! Moreover the 64
Mustang have lots of wires in the motor room, this in surely odd, as the
models are in the same price range.
Just close the hood and enjoy the “new face” of the grill this 1967
model have. The first feature that’s indicate this is a 67, is the extra
pair of head/fog light mounted on a chrome bar. This and the new face
design are giving the car a more aggressive and cool look. But it’s a
shame; the grill is solid black plastic instead of etched metal mesh!
(Also a feature the 64 model has) And if I have to be nit picky; the
headlights lenses is mounted directly with a yellow background, giving
them a strange “block off” appearance. It will have been way better, if
the lenses them self, had chrome background as a reflector on real cars.
I have not forgotten to mention the prep and paint work on this model
car. Here I most say; this model is flawless in every aspect! And the
same goes with the chrome parts, they shine very realistic and is
mounted perfect on the model. – But! If we look around the windows and
wheel wells, the chrome trim panels is only painted silver. This
indicates that this very model is not Auto World´s highest ranking model
series, as I can’t see why they have missed the opportunity here. The
windshield vipers are after all made in chrome.
The quality of the plastic in the windows are high and have minimal
distortion. A fine feature is: the fastback window on the rear has the
centerline mould line just as the real car – Further back down we can
see the famous triple concave backlights a icon of the 66-68 Mustangs
the are fine made, but only red paint on chrome parts. No real plastic
lenses here. One thing I feel is a shame is the missing open function of
the trunk. It would have been nice to look inside.
The four wheels on rubber tires is well made here, you can even see a
small emblem on the center of the hubcaps. Remember in 1967, the white wall tires
was beginning to fade away, but could still be ordered at an extra
expense. Here on this model a more racing style tire with red line is
mounted the car.
The model have all of its emblems, stripes and decals placed correctly,
they are all tampon stamped with a high detail richness. The license
plates are decals with real Colorado motives!
Have you seen the inside of the car? Take a look!
The door open nicely and the black interior with brushed steel trim,
shows this is a true cool car! The sporty look could have been repulsive
for old lady’s who need a ride to church. But on the other side, this
Mustang was for the sporty, cool, American youth of tomorrow.
Inside we find fine black carpet in high quality. The black vinyl bucket
seats can fold down to easy access the bench seat in the back – a
nice feature if you have a date in those days! But if we look around the
models interior it will certainly not win any prices! It have what you
will expect from a low to mid-price model and that’s it – there is also
some issues regarding the finish of the plastic parts – So hurry up,
close the doors and enjoy this otherwise fine model from outside.
I will give this model
4 out of 6 stars ******
Below here are pictures of the model,
historical description, old brochures, technical data and some movie clips
the real car. So please enjoy!
When it came time for its first
significant revamp, the original pony car was no longer the only pony
car. It was clear the 1967 Ford Mustang would have to fight for sales.
Designers who would shape the '67 model were in a unique position,
however. In the 1960s, a new car took some three years to go from
drawing board to showroom. Typically, designers and engineers were
working without knowing how the public liked the car they had just
But when work on what would become the 1967 Ford Mustang began in summer
1964, the first edition was already a huge hit. That posed the knotty
problem of what to do for an encore. While Ford expected some changes
would be needed after '66, it wasn't clear what those ought to be.
Moreover, as program head Ross Humphries later told author Gary
Witzenburg: "At the time the '67 was planned, we really didn't have any
idea that the original was such a winner. Things did look awfully rosy,
but we didn't know how long it was going to last." Fad or not, Mustang's
instant high success got Ford cracking on a slightly larger, more
luxurious pony car by late 1964.
It would emerge for '67 as the Mercury Cougar. Meantime, Ford Division
was left to ponder how archrival Chevrolet might respond -- if at all.
For a time, General Motors design chief Bill Mitchell insisted his
company already had a Mustang-fighter in the beautiful second-generation
1965 Corvair. But that was just a smokescreen for the super-secret 1967
Chevrolet Camaro, a true Chevy pony car being readied for launch in late
1966. As Ford engineer Tom Feaheny recalled for Witzenburg: "It was a
long ways down the road before we were aware they were coming after us.
"Beyond that, Feaheny admitted that "[the '67 Mustang] was an
opportunity to do a lot of refinement work. Frankly, the amount of
engineering in [the first model] was not as great as it could have
been...We really wanted to do the job right the second time around." He
also noted that product planning chief Hal Sperlich wanted to "one-up
the original in every respect: model availability, options, handling,
performance, braking, comfort, quietness, even appearance where we could
without making a major change."
Dovetailing nicely with that goal was the redesigned 1966 Ford Falcon,
which grew from cost-conscious compact to a slightly smaller sister of
the midsize 1966 Ford Fairlane. This meant Mustang would now have to
share front-end components with those cars for cost and manufacturing
reasons. And as the Fairlane was planned for big-block V-8s, Mustang's
engine bay was bound to get wider too. Moreover, arrival of the 1964
Pontiac's GTO muscle car gave Ford an extra incentive to offer Mustang
with a big-inch engine. After all, another "horsepower race" was on, and
even a pony car can always use more oats.
The 1967 model year Mustang was the first redesign of the original
model. Ford's designers began drawing up a larger version even as the
original was achieving sales success, and while "Iacocca later
complained about the Mustang's growth, he did oversee the redesign for
1967."The major mechanical feature was to allow the installation of a
big-block V8 engine. The overall size, interior and cargo space were
increased. Exterior trim changes included concave taillights, side scoop
(1967 model) and chrome (1968 model) side ornamentation, square
rear-view mirrors, and usual yearly wheel and gas cap changes. The
high-performance 289 option was placed behind the newer 335 hp (250 kW;
340 PS) 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE engine from the Ford Thunderbird, which was
equipped with a four-barrel carburetor. During the mid-1968 model year,
a drag racer for the street could be ordered with the optional 428 cu in
(7.0 L) Cobra Jet engine which was officially rated at 335 hp (250 kW;
340 PS) all of these Mustangs were issued R codes on their VINs.
The 1967 Deluxe Interior was revised, discontinuing the embossed running
horse motif on the seat backs (the source for the "pony interior"
nickname) in favor of a new deluxe interior package, which included
special color options, brushed aluminum (from August 1966 production) or
woodgrain dash trim, seat buttons, and special door panels. The hardtop
also included upholstered quarter trim panels, a carryover from the
1965-66 deluxe interior. The 1967 hardtop also had the chrome quarter
trim caps, carried over from 1965-66, but these were painted to match
the interior in 1968 models. The 1967 deluxe interior included stainless
steel-trimmed seat back shells, similar to those in the Thunderbird.
These were dropped at the end of the 1967 model year, and were not
included in the woodgrain-trimmed 1968 interior. The deluxe steering
wheel, which had been included in the deluxe interior for the 1965-66,
became optional, and could also be ordered with the standard interior.
The 1968 models that were produced from January 1968 were also the first
model year to incorporate three-point lap and shoulder belts (which had
previously been optional, in 1967-68 models) as opposed to the standard
lap belts. The air-conditioning option was fully integrated into the
dash, the speakers and stereo were upgraded, and unique center and
overhead consoles were options. The fastback model offered the option of
a rear fold-down seat, and the convertible was available with folding
glass windows. Gone was the Rally-Pac, since the new instrument cluster
had provisions for an optional tachometer and clock. Its size and shape
also precluded the installation of the accessory atop the steering
column. The convenience group with four warning lights for low fuel,
seat belt reminder, parking brake not released, and door ajar were added
to the instrument panel, or, if one ordered the optional console and
A/C, the lights were mounted on the console.
Changes for the 1968 model increased safety with a two-spoke
energy-absorbing steering wheel, along with newly introduced shoulder
belts. Other changes included front and rear side markers, "FORD"
lettering removed from hood, rearview mirror moved from frame to
windshield, a 302 cu in (4.9 L) V8 engine was now available, and
C-Stripe graphics were added.
The California Special Mustang, or GT/CS, was visually based on the
Shelby model and was only sold in Western states. Its sister, the 'High
Country Special', was sold in Denver, Colorado. While the GT/CS was only
available as a coupe, the 'High Country Special' model was available in
fastback and convertible configurations during the 1966 and 1967 model
years, and as a coupe for 1968.
The 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback reached iconic status after it was
featured in the 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen. In the film,
McQueen drove a modified 1968 Mustang GT 2+2 Fastback chasing a Dodge
Charger through the streets of San Francisco.
High Country Specials Ford Mustang
By Tracey Ellis
Offered during the '66-'68 model years and available at 100 Ford dealers
in the Colorado, Wyoming, and Western Nebraska regions, the High Country
Specials were among the first of the promotional Mustangs created to
enhance sales. For the first two years, the HCS Mustangs were set apart
by their unique colors, while the '68s borrowed heavily from the
Shelby-like California Special styling.
In 1966 and 1967, High Country Specials were available in all three body
styles, all painted with one of three promotional colors: Aspen Gold,
Timberline Green, and Columbine Blue. The front fenders sported a brass
badge featuring a running horse in a blue-sky background over a mountain
horizon and the words "High Country Special." A delete-paint-code number
on the data plate and a DSO of 51 for Denver, followed by a four-digit
code, identified a Mustang as a High Country Special. Bob Teets, the
recognized expert on High Country Specials and keeper of the registry
for these rare Mustangs, suspects the four-digit code represented a
dealer number designating a group for a certain dealership.
Teets has updated the production figure for the '66 High Country Special
from 330 to 333, based largely on publications he has uncovered. A
Denver Post advertisement dated July 26, 1966, mentioned, "Only 333
people in the entire United States will be driving one of these High
Country Specials." In August 1966, a Denver & Rio Grande Western
Railroad publication called Green Light reported, "333 of them rode
flanged wheels of steel across the Rio Grande on July 18 from Salt Lake
City to Denver, the first full trainload of sports cars to move as a
single shipment across the system."
The production figure for '67 High Country Specials now stands at 416,
thanks to Kevin Marti's production database for Ford, Lincoln, and
Mercury cars and trucks built from 1967 to 1973. Teets believes that
other documentation, such as a Rocky Mountain News advertisement stating
"This special emblem marks your Mustang as one of the 400," was close,
but not as accurate as Marti's Ford-based figure.
Country Specials colors
Michigan. San Jose, California. Metuchen, New Jersey
Mexico City, Mexico
Designer: Ross Humphries (1965)
Body and chassis:
Body style 2-door hardtop
carburetor type max. motive power at rpm max.
200 cu in (3.3 L)
Thriftpower I6 (1967) 1-barrel 120 bhp
289 cu in (4.7 L) Windsor V8 (1967) 2-barrel 200 bhp
289 cu in (4.7 L) Windsor V8 (1967) 4-barrel 225 bhp
289 cu in (4.7 L) Windsor HiPo V8 (1967) 4-barrel 271 bhp
390 cu in (6.4 L) FE V8 (1967) 4-barrel 320 bhp
Wheelbase 108 in (2,743 mm)
Length 183.6 in (4,663 mm)
Width 70.9 in (1,801 mm)
Height 51.6 in (1,311 mm)
Curb weight 2,758 lb (1,251 kg) (base)