People have created pickups from just about any car you can imagine, and the Australians have long enjoyed factory Utes based on a variety of platforms. Factory US versions of classic cars as trucks are few and far between, basically only the Ranchero and El Camino, with the exception of the little-known 1966 Ford Mustang pickup, dubbed the “Mustero,” that was produced in scant, numbers with Ford’s blessing, by a small dealership near Los Angeles, California.
Beverly Hills Ford only created 50 of these Musteros. The video above features one that was totally restored to beautiful “factory” condition. The way they did it was instead of adding a boxy looking bed to the Mustang body, the California dealer instead moved the roof forward a few feet and made a bed for the back. The cool thing about the Mustero is that this move barely altered the roofline, making the chrome rails only real giveaway from a glance that this is not your standard Mustang.
The Mustero was a high-cost option that brought the price up by $6,500, making the total price for the truck, depending on other options, somewhere around $9,000. The price was a big factor as to why the dealer only built 50 of them. When you consider it was nearly $3,000 more than a brand-new 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible at $6,300 or that a new Ford pickup only cost around $2,000 depending on options, the Mustero might not have seemed as appealing back then as it does today.
Looking back, it’s a unique vehicle that was licensed by Ford. At the same time, buying something like that would be similar to buying a 2018 Ford Mustang pickup at a cost of somewhere around $55,000.