• Feb 20th 2008 at 6:58AM
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As part owner of a 1965 Mustang, I cringe any time I see a classic Ford Pony chopped into an automotive abomination.

But I gotta show a little respect to the fabricator of this Mustanchero featured over at Hemmings. Lee Iacocca never intended for his iconic car to haul lumber, but the craftsmanship of this conversion has me wondering who the creator was and if they might have had a connection to Ford.

The post at Hemmings doesn't provide any clues as to the builder of this Sunlight Yellow Stang, and, unfortunately doesn't give us the number on the "For Sale" sign in the window. Anybody out there have any idea the provenance of this Pony?

[Source: Hemmings Auto Blogs]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I grew up about 20 miles south of Ford's Metuchen, NJ plant, where Mustangs were made, and I distinctly remember seeing a factory-built (or so it appeared) two-door Mustang station wagon riding on Rt. 1 headed north in South Brunswick in apx. 1966. This wasn't the obvious grafting of a Mustang front-clip onto a Falcon wagon - it was closer in spirit to a Volvo P1800E. Never forgotten it, never heard a word about such a car or seen a photo. Did Ford experiment with Mustang derivatives, like this ute? Maybe yes ... maybe no ...
      • 7 Years Ago

      The Australian Ford Ute could make a good Ranchero.
      • 7 Years Ago
      J Brunk owned Beverly Hills Mustang in the late 1970'-early '80s. They built several of these Mustang Rancheros along with some '66 Shelby GT350 convertibles with Carroll Shelby's blessing. Hot Rod Magazine did a story on the cars for one of their Mustang special editions. I visited the shop in '79 or '80 when my dad lived in Santa Monica. They were doing a yellow Mustang-Ranchero at the time.

      I have seen a couple of these cars turn up at shows from time to time. It was a pretty nice conversion although there isn't much room for hauling.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's another


      I suspect it was a conversion kit at one time
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in Memphis and a local used car lot has one of these, a dark green '67 or '68, in the process or being restored. Like a previous poster, I thought it was just a "regular" Mustang with the rear deck removed (for repair?), but like the car pictured here it has a shortened and re-attached roof. Now that I've seen a finished product, I can't wait to see the car near me completed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cringe? Why? They made millions of these things. Not quite rare or limited production. In fact, quite the garden variety mass produced product. That leaves plenty of room for those who would to do exactly what they did to this car and not get any flak from the collector world.