1968 ½ R-Code Mustang GT Fastback 428 Cobra Jet (w/correct Holly C80F-9510-AB 4BBL), C6 3 - Speed Automatic Transmission w/R Servo & Gear Reducer, 9in Rear w/ 3.91 Traction-Lok, Power Disc Brakes, Correct (NOS) Smog Equipment, Factory Philco AM Radio, Concours Correct Exterior Finish in its Original Wimbledon White Color Code M, Flat Black Hood Strips, Black C-Stripe, Correct Black Vinyl Interior w/Buckets & Console, Seat Belts & Shoulder Harnesses, GT Equipment Group, Fog Lamps, Dual Exhaust w/ GT Tips, Correct 1968 ½ Hood Scoop, Original Argent GT Wheels & Hubcaps with Correct Goodyear Polyglas Tires and Spare w/ Correct Hold Down Plate, Professionally Restored & Maintained w/Correct Concours Detailing, Deluxe and Elite Marti Reports.
This Cobra Jet is an exceptional example of a 1968 ½ R-Code Mustang GT Fastback. Restored 2004-06 with a nut and bolt restoration. This Mustang continues to be meticulously maintained by the original restorer, refreshed yearly before the beginning of each season.
This Cobra Jet Mustang has been judged by the Mustang Club of America 9 times as a Gold Concours Winner. In 2008 the Mustang won 1st Place at the 40th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion going against more then 30 of its equals. In 2010 the Mustang was awarded the MCA’s coveted Conservator Grille Medallion #60. Again in 2010 the Mustang won its Junior and Senior Grille Medallions from the Antique Automobile Club of America. This year, 2012 the Mustang qualified for and won 1st Place at the AACA’s Grand National.
Bob Hickman Ford Sales Inc. of Charleston, Illinois placed a build order for our 68 ½ Cobra Jet on April 22, 1968. The car was built on May 2, 1968 and shipped May 3rd from Fords Dearborn Plant. Hickman Ford sold the car on May 10, 1968. Documented by Marti Report
We were told that the car was purchased by a man his 20’s. It used as a daily driver with weekend drag racing and a little street racing thrown in. Hickman Ford replaced the engine under warranty 5-6 months after the car was purchased. After that the car was mostly drag raced and was only occasionally driven. At some point in the seventies the C-6 transmission failed and was replaced at the owners expense. The car continued to race until the early 80’s when it was put into storage. Why they stopped racing is unknown. The car sat until August 2004 when it was brought into a used car lot in Illinois as a trade.
The used car dealer called Mark Hiatt of Mid-America Classic Mustang in St. Charles, MO to take a look at it. The engine turned over with a little work and the car was able to drive around the lot. Mark purchased the car on the spot. The car was taken back to St Charles were it was worked on and put up for sale on EBay in September of 2004.
I purchased the car in September 2004 from Mark at Mid-America. I flew out to see the car the second week in October. I was very happy when I saw the car; I knew I had purchased a very rare car. I asked Mark for a detailed estimate for the restoration before I left for St. Charles. After seeing his shop, meeting his team and going over his detailed estimate I gave him the go ahead for the restoration. The nut and bolt restoration began October 2004 at Mid-America Classic Mustang and was finished 21 months later in July 2006. I took delivery of the car July 15, 2006 at the MCA Nationals in Sturbridge, MA. The car had been entered in the Concours Trailered Division and won Gold the first time out.
Partial List of Correct Parts & Detail
68 ½ Hood Scoop
Original Black “Buck Tag” Attached to Right Front Inner Fender.
Lower Control Arms with “Jacking Tabs”.
“4 Rivet” Upper Control Arms.
NOS Clutch Fan.
“Gear Reducer” on C-6 transmission.
“R Servo” on C-6 transmission.
NOS Correct Holly C80F-9510-AB Carburetor.
NOS Copper Radio Loop.
Spare Tire “Hold Down Plate.”
Phosphate Parts: Hood Latch, Hood Hinges, Coil hold down, and Gas Line Support Bracket.
Rebuilt Carter X Fuel Pump.
Smog System with Correctly Dated Canister.
Heat Shield, S-Tube, Feed Horn, Air Cleaner w/Lid, Flapper and Seal.
Flat Black Hood Strips.
Correct Red Oxide Undercarriage.
Silver Valve Cover Gaskets Mated to the Valve Cover by Staples “Factory detail”