Rare 1967 Ford Mustang “Vietnam” Auctioned to Raise Funds for Veterans
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This pony was wandering far from home.
A 1967 Ford Mustang that spent its early years in Vietnam has been auctioned off for a hefty sum.
The green car was one of five built at Ford’s Metuchen, New Jersey plant that were shipped to South Vietnam that year. It was the only fastback in the peloton.
It was originally destined for Germany and stripped of the Mustang name so it could be sold as the T-5 as Ford did not own “Mustang” rights in the country at the time.
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Instead, it was purchased by the US government for use by the Navy’s chief defense contractor in Vietnam, according to Autoevolution.
It featured a 289 cubic inch V8 and heavy-duty export suspension.
After two years, he was sold to a 98th Division paratrooper named Ron Cain, who flew him to Vietnam for another two years. Meanwhile, a River Rat decal has been applied to the rear window, the logo of the famous Mekong Patrol.
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Cain brought it back to Florida with him, and it remained in the family until he sold it in the 1980s.
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YouTuber Dennis Collins bought it from this owner and offered it at a Worldwide Auctioneers event in Auburn, Indiana last week, where it sold for $145,600. All proceeds will go to the J. Kruse Education Center Career Coaching Academy to provide scholarships for “veterans leaving the service into individually meaningful and worthwhile careers.”