Inside a 1967 Ford Mustang
Ted Grisley from Oshawa has always had a fondness for art and history. A librarian’s assistant at Toronto Public Libraries for 35 years, he relies on his 2006 Honda Civic to get to work.
When he doesn’t have to travel to Toronto, Grisley has two classic rides to choose from. The first is a 1977 Chevrolet Nova that belonged to his aunt. Grisley, who acquired the car in 2000, actually used it to take his driver’s license exam decades ago.
His other crush, which he’s loved since he was a kid, is a 1967 Ford Mustang 289 V8 convertible. He bought it from an Ajax-based seller who advertised it on Kijiji in January 2015. Although he wasn’t specifically looking for a Mustang convertible, nor one painted in a unique color called Frost Turquoise, Grisley tells us why he loves his vehicle. .
“I was looking for a Mustang. I always thought they had a certain cachet and I always liked the horse (logo) on the grill,” Grisley said. “I wasn’t looking for a convertible, but when I came across this car, I fell in love with it. I wasn’t crazy about the color either. I wanted something more traditional in black or red.
“It became really useful to me after a while, and it gets me a lot of attention when I’m driving. I think most people first see the color and then they see it’s a Mustang I have the build sheet for the car, and it says that there is only one of 1,610 cars that has this paint color.
“The car is largely stock,” he said of the Mustang, which has over 200,000 miles on it. “I am the eighth owner and all previous owners have kept it in good condition. The car is not a show car, but it is in very, very good condition. I don’t drive it in the winter. I get it sprayed occasionally with oil underneath and keep the car as clean as possible.
“It was built at the factory in Dearborn, Michigan. It has a V8 engine and a 289 two-barrel carburetor. The engine, as far as I know, is stock. It has never been opened. It has black vinyl bucket seats, a black power top with glass backlighting.
“I did a few updates. It had manual brakes and I wasn’t comfortable with that, so I converted it to power brakes. I also switched to electronic ignition because the cars didn’t have any at the time I’m pretty happy with the updates 2 years ago I upgraded the convertible top and put new carpet on because after 50 years the black carpet had turned brown .
“Because of its color, my car is rented for engagement photos, for music videos and movies. It was in the ‘Queen’s Gambit’,” Grisley said. “It was in the reboot of ‘The Kid in the Hall’, and I had to be in the background (of a scene). It was a lot of fun. I love movies and classic cars, so it is a wonderful wedding. It gave me a lot of pleasure and pleasure.
TO LOOK CLOSER: 1967 Ford Mustang 289 V8 Convertible
A rare ride
“What I really like is that it’s a rare convertible,” Grisley said. “The color is definitely an eye-catcher, and it gets a lot of attention. People in other classic cars give me the thumbs up, and a lot of times when I’m driving the 401, I make people honk. “Always nice. I take it to show the car and talk to other owners. If I’m really in a good mood, I might allow people to sit in it.”
“For an older car, it handles well,” he said. “Because there’s no fuel injection, it doesn’t have quick acceleration, but it has good smooth acceleration with a nice growl from the engine. But nothing unpleasant. It’s good in The Mustang has wire-spoke wheels and whitewall tires.
“You don’t see the white walls anymore. They are rare, unless they are on a classic.
“One thing I say to all future classic car owners is don’t be shy,” Grisley said. “People are going to be attracted to your car. They’ll ask you questions, they’ll ask you about the history of it, and then they’ll tell you how their great-uncle had one when they were little.
• BODY STYLE: 2+2 seater convertible
• DRIVING METHOD: Rear-wheel drive
• ENGINE: 4.7L Windsor V8, 200 hp; 282 lb-ft. couple
• FUEL ECONOMY (CITY/HIGHWAY): 20.3 to 24.4 / 14 to 16.8 liters per 100 kilometers
• LOAD VOLUME: 218 liters
• THE PRICE: Original 1967 starting price of $2,814 (US)