DEARBORN, Mich. The latest addition to the growing
stable of classic Mustang bodies the 1967 convertible just
might be the ultimate gift for restorers of Americas favorite
The 1967 convertible body shell, the newest
officially licensed Ford Restoration part, is now available to
order starting at $15,995.
It is the fourth reproduction classic Mustang body
available to restorers, joining the 65 convertible, the 67
fastback and the 69 fastback.
To qualify as an official Ford-licensed restoration
part, the 67 body shell has to meet or exceed the fit, finish and
quality of the original, said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration
Parts licensing manager. The new 67 convertible body shell gives
restorers a super-solid foundation on which to build their dream
Dynacorn International, manufacturer of the 67
convertible body, worked to not only replicate the original 67
convertible, but make it better.
The body panels, for example, are stamped from modern
automotive-grade virgin steel that is slightly thicker than the
original, according to Jim Christina, Dynacorn general manager.
Then, to further add strength, the panels are assembled using
modern welding techniques. There are also newly engineered
reinforcements in known stress areas to add strength and rigidity
to the body, added Christina.
These days, the chances are fairly slim of finding a
restorable, rust-free 67 Mustang that has never been wrecked,
said Mondrach. As the value of classic Mustangs has increased over
the years, garages, barns and scrapyards have been picked
Now, Mustang fans dreaming of restoring a classic 67
convertible or building one with a modern powertrain wont have
to spend time and money getting an original 67 convertible body
into restorable condition.
That expensive, time-consuming step can be skipped by
starting with the new 67 convertible body.
Some minor panel adjustment and alignment still has
to be done, but the body comes rustproofed and primed and is
otherwise ready for painting and assembly, said Mondrach.
More information about the 67 body shell and all
other Ford-licensed restoration parts can be found at
67 Mustang: More luxury, more power, more
After a record-setting production run that saw more
than a million Mustangs gallop out of Ford factory gates in just 18
months, the 1967 model was given a major redesign.
The move helped keep Mustang ahead of the pack as new
competitors from General Motors and Chrysler along with imported
sports cars from Great Britain claimed a larger share of the
mid-1960s youth market.
No part of the Mustang was overlooked in 1967. The
body was widened, the hood lengthened, and the engine bay grew in
size to accommodate an array of six engines ranging from a thrifty
and peppy 200-cubic-inch inline six-cylinder all the way up to a
thundering 390-horsepower 427 that came in the Shelby GT500.
This helped launch an entirely new generation of
big-block high-horsepower pony cars that fueled the growing muscle
The 67 also got all-new sheetmetal, a redesigned
grille, new taillights and a nifty option that put turn signals in
the hood scoops.
On the inside, the more luxurious interior took the
Mustang in a new direction.
Buyers could opt for a tilt-away steering wheel, a
gauge package with a built-in tachometer, brushed aluminum trim on
the dash, door panels and shifter console.
There was also a roof console with map lights between
the sun visors, and the 67 was the first Mustang with built-in air
conditioning that was packaged behind the dash, not under it.
Because more than 90 percent of the parts needed to
restore a 1967 Mustang convertible are available new as
Ford-licensed reproduction components, the 67 convertible body can
be built to just about any specification that was available when
the car was new.
Fords big-block engines from that era, including the
390, 427 and 428-cubic-inch motors, bolt right in with no
Also, the 67 body can be used as a basis to build a
replica of the Shelby GT350 or GT500 convertibles.
The 67 convertible body is supported by thousands
of high-quality Ford-licensed restoration parts, Mondrach said.
So, though it may be possible to build a 1967 Mustang using almost
all new parts, we think most customers who buy the 67 convertible
shell will use it for high-performance applications, resto-mod
projects or for show cars.