• Apr 27, 2009
1967 Ford Mustang hardtop convertible custom - Click above for an image gallery

According to this eBay seller, this is the only 1967 Ford Mustang ever fitted with a retractable hardtop. As we've never seen one before (or one wearing butterfly doors, for that matter), we'll give the auctioneer the benefit of the doubt.

In any case, this restomod 'Stang has been comprehensively reworked, including a new Ford Racing 302 crate motor, along with a new Tremec T5 gearbox, a fully reworked suspension and a set of four-wheel discs hiding out under the American Racing Torque Thrust II wheels.

Of the staffers we surveyed here at Autoblog, we're not crazy about the paint or the doors, but the retractable fiberglass top unit from Mustang Plus is something we can't help but find interesting, particularly if this conversion was done to a donor car that wasn't originally terribly collectible (non numbers-matching, etc.). Admittedly the lines of the top don't blend with the rest of the design as nicely as a stock hardtop's roofline does, but that's to be expected with conversions like this. Besides, both the engine bay and the underbody are incredibly sanitary – certainly cleaner than they were the day this 'Stang rolled off the assembly line.

The seller says that the droptop conversion is something of an homage to a concept Mustang model that Ford originally considered building back in 1967. According to the listing, the Blue Oval invested some $250,000 in exploring the concept, only for it to get nixed by Henry Ford II because it couldn't be motorized. A quarter century later, retired Ford designer Ben J. Smith apparently devised the system seen here. Be sure to check out the huge gallery of images and the link below... only a few hours left to get your bid in!



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      • 5 Years Ago
      The doors really have to go. IMO it would be wise for the seller to remove all the pics of the scissor doors from the ad. While i think the car is ok, it's very hard to respect a car with lambo doors that really shouldn't have them.
      Even as i type this out, with no pic on my screen, all i can picture in my head is those damn doors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why butcher a classic?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Scissor doors? Seriously? I think we just found the best way to make a mustang uncool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, Ford figured out the best way to make the Mustang uncool back in 1974:

        Add a "II" behind the name.

        (Thank FSM the Mustang recovered from that horrid tragedy)

      • 5 Years Ago
      Highland Green, less clearcoat, and normal doors -- rear window is also a bit too small. Overall though it's very well done.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Overall though it's very well done."

        Except for where the roof header meets up with the A pillar/windshield. Maybe that's why there aren't any pics from the front with the top up. Other than that it appears to be quite festive.
      996700
      • 5 Years Ago
      pros' and cons

      (P) paint wheels' rear disc brakes T5 tremc (C)doors-omg strips. I would drive it at night only!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aside from the paint, I like it!

      Everything looks to be very well done, and I like the wheel choice. I don't really care for the doors, but, that's an easy fix.

      I will say that I am not sure if I like the way it looks with the top up, but I would have the top down most of the time anyway.

      If these baby were to somehow end up in my garage, I wouldn't complain at all. Well, I probably would complain, until I got it repainted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        Paint it in Bullit Green and put regular doors, perfect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I spoke with Ben Smith a few years ago for a comprehensive story on the Mustang retractable hardtop:

      http://www.hemmings.com/hcc/stories/2005/10/01/hmn_feature5.html

      He's a very nice gentleman and was very passionate for that concept.