There are several interesting stories about Wayne MacCartney’s 1967 GTA Mustang, a particularly well-optioned model. Let’s start with the Marti Report that shows his fastback was built on January 26, 1967, but delivered to Ford Division in Dearborn rather than to a specific dealer as would usually be the case. The paper trail designates the fastback as a “sales vehicle,” indicating it was to be used for promotional purposes, something confirmed by the car’s previous owner back in 2002.
The second unique element is the multiple VIN stampings on the driver’s-side fender. Wayne explains, “The fender is triple stamped. It has one VIN that is obviously wrong with the letter V before and after, signifying ‘Void,’ and two stampings that are correct. According to Kevin Marti, this indicates that someone made a mistake on the assembly line.”
Wayne explained that it took more than 15 years to acquire the GTA, a model that was unique to ’67 to indicate a GT with the new Select Shift Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. “Our paths crossed many times over the years,” says Wayne as he and previous owner Richard Currie attended many of the same shows over the prior 10 years. “Richard and I became good friends,” Wayne adds. “And he gave me the right of first refusal when the time came to sell the car. In February 2008, he came to me and said, ‘Make me an offer,’ which I did. It was more than he planned to ask for the car. I said that I would stand by my offer and the rest is history. When I take more than one car to a show, Richard usually drives the fastback. As it turns out, Richard has driven the car more since I bought it than when he owned it!”
Since acquiring the car, Wayne has corrected a few issues, especially the optional and uniquely gray-painted lower back panel and the rear die-cast grille. “Over the years it had been painted black, which was incorrect,” relates Wayne. “About a year ago, I had the rear panel, which is called a grille on the window sticker, painted the proper shade of gray. These two options help make my Mustang unique among the 472,209 Mustangs built for the ’67 model year.”
Of the 71,062 fastbacks built for ’67, the Marti Report indicates that just 469 were built with the T5/6D paint/trim code, with 6D indicating the red décor bucket seats, making even the paint/trim combination relatively rare. The T5 paint code indicates Candyapple Red exterior paint with the gray rear grille.
To this day, Wayne’s 289-powered ’67 fastback remains a very satisfying drive. “I’m willing to drive it virtually anywhere,” says Wayne with a smile. “The car is more than 45 years old but it’s still very tight. And the red with white stripes and gray accents in the rear is as sharp today as when the car was built.”