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Real Wheels: 1966 Ford Mustang


August 25. 2013 8:55AM
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WAPAKONETA — Ford sold its millionth Mustang in 1966. By 1966 most people associated the Ford Mustang with power and performance. It was the car to have. The advertising geniuses reminded the public of Mustang’s youthful spirit. There was one ad featuring two older adults sitting in a new Mustang with the words, “Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on the children.” In all, there were few changes to the Mustang in 1966. Production began in August of 1965 and featured a line up of: Coupe, Convertible, and Fastback. In all, Ford produced 607,568 total Mustangs in 1966. The car sported additional new colors, a redesigned grille, new instrument cluster, and new styled wheels. An automatic transmission became available for the “Hi-Po” V-8. Side scoops featured chrome trim with three wind-splits, and GT models received a new gas cap and driving lamps as standard equipment.Linda Hertenstein, of Wapakoneta, brought her 1966 Ford Mustang to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. She had owned it only two years at the time. She bought it from an individual in Indianapolis, Ind. Her favorite memory is seeing it unloaded in her driveway and getting to drive it for the first time. She also said having her brother help her fix it up was a favorite memory.Area car shows:June 9: 12:30, Pork Rind Festival, at Heritage Park, in HarrodJune 15: 2 to 8 p.m. Bluffton Festival of Wheels Cruise-In, downtown BlufftonJune 16: 11a.m. to 4 p.m., Buckland Firemen’s Festival Cruise In, Main Street at fire stationJune 24: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Charity Car Show, at Westgate parking lot, LimaJune 30: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lakeview Car Show, downtown LakeviewJune 30: 4 to 9 p.m., Celina Freedom Days, Lake Shore Park, CelinaJuly 13: 4 p.m. registration, Cridersville’s Fireman’s Jamboree, Main Street in CridersvilleJuly 14: Noon to 4:30 p.m., County Line Church of the Brethren, 4227 N. Hardin Rd., AdaJuly 20: 5 to 9 p.m. Wapakoneta Moon Festival, downtown WapakonetaAug 11: 4 to 8 p.m., Real Wheels Cruise-In Sept. 8: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kalida Pioneer Days, downtown Kalida





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