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Classic American Muscle Car Meets German Autobahn: 1966 Mustang Convertible Taken Top Speed Run

Nearly six decades on, the old gal didn’t break a sweat as she was pushed to the limit

YouTuber Max, who runs the TopSpeed Germany channel, took one of the greatest American muscle cars of all time, a classic 60s Mustang to its absolute limit top speed on the German Autobahn with no speed limits. As you’ll see in the video, the Mustang despite being over six-decade-old now did the top speed run effortlessly.

Overview

Classic American Muscle Car Meets German Autobahn: 1966 Mustang Convertible Taken Top Speed Run
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Ever wondered what it feels like to go flat out on a public highway in an old-school Stang?

Now, if there’s one place in the world where you can legally go as fast as you want on a public highway, it’s Germany. Several bits of the Autobahn network have no speed limits and you really can go as fast as your car allows.

The Car

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And to help him get to that top speed is Ford’s 289ci or 4.7-L V-8 mill that produces 203 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. This one is mated to the 4-speed manual

The Mustang is the OG Pony car that transformed the automotive landscape for good back in the 60s. This is a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible. Under the hood is a 289ci or 4.7-Liter twin-barrel small-block V-8 mill that produces 203 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. This particular example makes use of a 4-speed manual to go through the cogs.

The first-gen Mustang sold from 1964 to1966 and saw a number of revisions. 1966 was also a great year for the Blue Oval as they had won Le Mans for the first time with the iconic Ford GT40. By ’66 Ford revised the front-end styling, and the C4 Cruis-o-Matic three-speed auto was made available with the 289. You also had several new color options and a new radio on offer. In fact, the Mustang was the best-selling convertible of 1966, beating the Chevy Impala, which was its chief rival at the time.

When Ford wanted to sell the Mustang in Germany, back in the 60s, the name was owned by the Krupp company, who even offered to sell the name to Ford for $10,000, but Ford refused. Ford instead renamed the Mustang the T5 for the German market

American Icon On German Autobahn


Climbing on board, one of the first things that grab your attention is that thin metal slotted wooden rimmed steering wheel. Ahh, it’s so refreshing to see something like this, as opposed to the meaty leather-wrapped wheels that we’re used to these days. And those classic gauges with the horizontal speedo should get any Mustang aficionado exited.

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It was time to head towards the Autobahn and Max found him on the on-ramp in no time

Firing up the 289, Max blips the throttle to hear that V-8 howl, before heading towards the Autobahn. He was initially pretty gentle on the gas, getting on. Given that it was some time just before dusk, it was definitely a lot busier than Max would have liked. Although he did push the ol’ Stang to its top speed of 125 mph, it really wasn’t a clean run. Turning around and heading back the other way proved to be more fruitful and he was eventually able to get a clean uninterrupted run.

To Sum It Up

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The setting sun made for a spectacular backdrop as the ol’ gal hit its top speed of 125mph. Swipe up to watch the video and listen to that 289 V-8 howl at full chat.

We’ve previously featured several American cars going flat out on the German highway. They include cars like the Ford Mustang Bullit, an ’07 Mustang GT500, Dodge Challenger R/T, Dode Charger Pursuit, and the Ford F-250 pickup. This is the first time ever though that featuring a classic Ford Mustang from the 1960s and it sure was worth the wait.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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