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 America’s favorite

sports car.

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

pony car.”

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

clean.”

Now, Mustang fans dreaming of restoring a classic ’67

convertible – or building one with a modern powertrain – won’t 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

www.fordrestorationparts.com.

 

’67 Mustang: More luxury, more power, more

style

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

car mania.

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. 

Ford’s big-block engines from that era, including the

390, 427 and 428-cubic-inch motors, bolt right in with no

modifications necessary. 

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.”