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Old 04-28-2007, 11:08 AM   #1
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"a Secretaries car"

I have a 1965 289 2v with the Los Angeles trim package. It is Honey Gold (gold/green) with a white interior. It has a console between the seats with a Cruse-O-Matic and factory air. It is in good running order.

The thing about the car is that it has not been messed with at all. It is all original with very little rust. It still has the AM radio.

It is as Carol Shelby called it "a Secretaries car". It is THE Secretaries car. It even has the long chrome strip that runs along the upper edge of the blood trough. It is sedate and competent like a good Secretary. But in this case an old Secretary. I is long pass due for a face lift.

Now the trend because it is a 289 and is not a very unique car is to GT it. Paint it red, add duel exhaust and sports wheels. I would like to go the other way and go all original. I noticed on Beret Jackson that more original boring colored cars are getting high prices. Do you guys think there is any validity in going all original now?

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Re: "a Secretaries car"

If I had a classic mustang that was in decent shape, I would definitely restore it. No point in ruining a good thing.
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If I had a classic mustang that was in decent shape, I would definitely restore it. No point in ruining a good thing.
+1 i would love to find myself a 69mach1 :drool: and restore it
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Re: "a Secretaries car"

You mean Califonia Special not L.A. trim.... And Secretaries car? That's just what Carroll Shelby called it before he released the Shelby GT350 and 500 in the 60's, meaning that the mustang was a girlie girls car not a sports car/pony car.

I'm not trying to be assholish(for once) just trying to let you know some facts .
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Re: "a Secretaries car"

i always thought they marketed it as the family musclecar. it could hold (at that time) a family of four, and had a (at that time) nice smallblock V8 engine that could get up and go. it started the era of the ponycar, entry level vehicles with smallblock v8's that were almost comparable to their big-block counterparts but had more (sometimes less) creature comforts.

but yeah, not much has changed. nowadays you mostly see the v6 levels driving around as its a nice car with getup, for a good price and its easy on the eyes, just like the mustang first was.
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Re: "a Secretaries car"

Not originally, it really was a "secretarie's car" starting out with just a straight 6, didn't have a whole lot of power but was in a light little body so it had some pep. I think of the old GTO's when I think of family get muscle.
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Not originally, it really was a "secretarie's car" starting out with just a straight 6, didn't have a whole lot of power but was in a light little body so it had some pep. I think of the old GTO's when I think of family get muscle.
I was saying the only reason it was ever called that, was because Carroll Shelby called it that before he started muscling them up.

And the mustang was NEVER A MUSCLE CAR. I never said it was a muscle car(if you were talking to me). The mustang/cougar and TA/Camaro were pony cars.



And Thomas was right, it was marketed as a "sporty" and affordable family car.
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I was saying the only reason it was ever called that, was because Carroll Shelby called it that before he started muscling them up.

And the mustang was NEVER A MUSCLE CAR. I never said it was a muscle car(if you were talking to me). The mustang/cougar and TA/Camaro were pony cars.



And Thomas was right, it was marketed as a "sporty" and affordable family car.
Naw, I wasn't talking to you. I was just pointing out, it couldn't really be considered a "family muscle car" when it didn't get a small block until a few years after it's release. Maybe a peppy family car, but that's about it. Like you said pony fits it better.
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Re: "a Secretaries car"

The smallblock 289 was in the car the year it came out
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The smallblock 289 was in the car the year it came out
Hmm, sure enough, for some reason I had always thought they came with a V8 a few years later. Bah I don't really know much about the 60's and late 70's models.

*edit* It was even a 4v. Nice
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Huh, what do you mean it was even a 4V?
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Re: "a Secretaries car"

Check out the engine line up link
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Yeah the K code stangs had a HiPo 289 had 271 hp.


Now when you say 4V, I hope you don't think it was 4 valves per cyl. It actually means barrels in the intake for each barrel of the carb. Don't know if you know or not, but it you do disregard my post.
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Yeah the K code stangs had a HiPo 289 had 271 hp.


Now when you say 4V, I hope you don't think it was 4 valves per cyl. It actually means barrels in the intake for each barrel of the carb. Don't know if you know or not, but it you do disregard my post.
Yep, I just didn't know that was something they were really playing with then, let alone to put in a car like that.
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Yeah, a K code 271 hp 64 1/2 to 66 coupe with a 4 spd manual was actually a kind of potent car since they were actually really light.
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I say restomod
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