Pick of the Day: 1968 Ford LTD | Rare Techy
Ford led the way in the 1960s in several aspects of the market: the midsize 1962 Fairlane, the 1965 Mustang pony car, and the luxurious 1965 LTD. Chevrolet quickly responded to the latter with the Caprice, while Plymouth responded in 1966 with the Fury VIP. While the LTD was gorgeous, it could be ordered with performance options, which is just one reason why this 1968 LTD two-door coupe is the pick of the day. It is sold by the Tampa, Florida-based dealer at ClassicCars.com. (Click the link to view the entry)
The 1968 Ford LTD was the first model to feature retractable headlight doors, which it offered on and off throughout the 1970s. The standard engine was a 302 two-barrel with a three-speed manual transmission, the only upgrades being two 390 and a 428 four-barrel. The 428 wasn’t a performance engine at 340 horsepower (a relatively fair estimate), but its 462 lb-ft of torque was its main attraction. For the first time in years, Ford did not offer a performance engine in its full-size lineup since the 427 was last available in 1967.
Inside is where the LTD difference really shined. Up to six color-keyed, pleated cloth and vinyl upholstery options were available. Aasakarva carpets, bell and full wheel covers were also equipment that reflected its more upmarket status.
Not only was this Brittany Blue 1968 LTD two-door hardtop ordered with a 428, but it also has a four-speed manual transmission. According to Marti Autotehaste, only 17 were built with the 428/four-speed combination. “This car is ready and waiting for a new owner to take it on the road and enjoy it,” says the seller. Options include black vinyl wrap, AM/FM radio, power brakes and rear defogger. The ad puts the mileage at an incredible 3,640 miles, and a casual glance at the Hemmings magazine article suggests that this is probably true.
The selling dealer is asking $45,000 for this unusual full-size Ford. It’s not the best car for someone who wants to jump in and drive – it’d be a shame to drive through that many – but it’s the perfect collectible for the enthusiast who enjoys the unique because this car has it in spades.
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