Sold to a new
owner April 2010
Notchback – Dark blue/aqua metallic / competition orange front valance
– 1973 in Mexico ( various classes from Mexican Sedan class to Sedan
289 full race
engine ( 430 hp on dyno)
Stainless Steel exhaust pipes, exit per T/A spec
close ratio gearbox with Hurst shift mechanism incorporating factory
Mustang shift lever
Adjustable Shocks ( F&R )
disc brake system with dual T/A master cylinder and Shelby 10X2.5 drums,
w/original rear cooling ducts
suspension lowered per T/A spec + modified upper and lower A Arms/Control
arms to remove ball joint bind
- no aftermarket pieces are used, proper suspension parts
spindles fit in period, in great condition – all suspension parts
9” rear axle housing with heavy duty axle shafts, over-rider traction
bars & panhard rod
exterior paint, very good condition. Cockpit Interior and monoque in
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History of Ex - John
Ruth's Mexico Racer Mustang
John's race car as of 2004 (VSCDA)
"I currently race my 1966 Mustang in Historic competition SCCA Class A/S = A Sedan, this is a Group 2 FIA homolagated class. This Mustang was an independent racer in Mexico - and has only the history of having raced in the 60's - no championship car. I find the car to be great fun and in the US at the
tracks I run at - we run open pipes, so lots of noise! I have been racing in Historic racing for 10 years now with Mustangs - 1st a mustang fastback and now the A/S Notchback.
As you can see it is a 1966 Mustang notchback, originally white from FORD, then changed to green in 1967, then dark Blue - then green again. The Mustang is restored to the 1966 Specification for SCCA , Sports Car Club of America - Class A Sedan, similar to Trans Am.
The car was originally shipped FORD to Tennessee - then went to Mexico - where
the car did amateur road races. It was always raced in Mexico (no US history) from late 1966 - 1970
actively - then sporadically from 71-74.
The car raced out of Tuluca Mexico and was owned by a racing company owned
by a Mr. Ramirez and Mr. Rojas. They also owned a construction company and
used the car as a form of promotion - they used drivers mostly from the
local of the race event to save costs.
The car raced at Tuluca Road races, Leon Guanajuato races, Valle de Bravo
Chaves, Acapulco, Magdalena Mixhuca Circuit de Mexico and Guadalajara - and
local races as well. It ran then in FIA Mexican Road race Series,
similar to the SCCA Trans Am Series in the late 60's early 70's and in the
Mexican Libre class 70 on up using a 302 Boss and 351 W engine. The Coupe
retained its original specification most of its race career - though at
times sported a large hood scoop to clear the 351W, while it raced in
Libre. The car is returned to its early race configuration with a 289 and
close ratio top loader.
The car returned to the USA - eventually to Dearborn, Michigan where I bought
and restored the car. As of now the car is restored 100%, except for the exterior paint which is the original paint. I think it gives the car a patina - please understand that the paint is
in very good shape - otherwise it would have been re-painted.
I am trying to obtain the original front brake set-up used in 1967 -
the braking system is from the 1965 Ford Thunderbird - This system improves
stopping considerably - and was approved by SCCA in 1967 for all 1965 - 66-67 Mustangs.
Picture courtesy John Ruth
We just finished the historic race
season and I am in process of the preparing for next season. The Notchback has
come a long way since it was raced in Mexico!
The S/A for A Sedan decal is now removed, as this was applied upon the cars
restoration, but now that we know that this Notchback was only raced in Mexico
from late 1966 to 1973/74, the car should be without the A Sedan designation
that was used in the US under SCCA.
I have obtained an original Shelby de
Mexico decal, though had to have this duplicated, due to the fragile nature of
the original, and the Notchback has the decals displayed. In addition to the 3
exterior Shelby de Mexico decals there is another on the underside of the hood.
I have finally fit the Lincoln front brake setup used in late 1967 to the
Notchback, and I am going through some dialing in on the new setup. Trying to
get the car to its original livery, and I plan to return the car to one of its
race colours, a metallic medium blue - lighter then Guardsman Blue, with
metallic gold center stripe and matt gold rims, a very 1960's looking scheme
Update April 2010 - Sold
to a new owner in western USA
Update July 2010 - On sale at RM Auctions 12th August 2010
Update December 2011
New owner is Greg White