Ford’s torquey and tough 289 cubic inch V8. It was recently detailed and looks fantastic, including the Ford Blue paint, bright chrome dress-up kit, and nice satin black inner fenders with no signs of neglect. There’s a 2-barrel carburetor under the air cleaner today, although this is a factory A-code car, so adding a 4-barrel for more performance isn’t going to be a demerit. It also includes power steering, which is always welcome, even in the lightweight Mustang. The C4 3-speed automatic transmission is the perfect companion to the easy-cruising 2-barrel 289 and it has a robust feeling that encourages you to have fun. Underneath you’ll find all the factory convertible reinforcements are in place and in good order and with 3.00 gears out back, it’s a great candidate for road trips.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States