1967 Ford Mustang 390 GT Fastback Barn Find
Written by on April 21, 2015 Rare Finds
The pole barn consisted of two sides and a back. Deese spotted the rear end of a red 1967 fastback in the back of the structure, out of the reach of the sun and rain. All four tires were completely flat, but overall the body sparkled under spotty layers of dust. “You couldn’t walk around to the front of the car and the driver side was so close to the wall you could only open the door maybe 12 inches,” Deese said. He popped open the hood to stare at a 390 FE big-block, appearing factory stock and completely intact. Needless to say, Deese was elated. He had found the fastback he’d been hunting for years. This car even had the factory GT package and a stock C6 automatic transmission.
But Nancy wasn’t sure she wanted to sell. Her husband had died three years earlier and the Mustang had been in the family for the past 30 years, so it held a lot of memories. Selling seemed like a good idea, but actually parting with the car would be difficult. So Deese neither pressured her to sell nor ran down her car to try to get a better price. He told her how much he liked her Mustang and wanted to buy the car to restore and drive. This attitude was a breath of fresh air—Nancy was used to would-be buyers running down her ’67 to lower the price. She liked the fact that Deese thought highly of her ’67 fastback and wanted the car to restore it.
Deese told us, “She said, ‘I hate to sell it. I’ve had it for so long.’” He was sympathetic and understood how a car could become like a member of the family, but after an hour and a half Nancy agreed to sell and Deese remembers her saying, “You know I’m going to cry now.” He handed her the cash and she walked inside her house to count the bills. “When she came back outside,” Deese told us, “I said, ‘are you going to be okay?’ She said, ‘That’s a lot of money. I’ll be just fine.’” Deese promised to send her a picture of the car when it was finished and also take her for a ride.