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Here’s How Much A 1966 Ford Mustang Weighed When I Put It On An Industrial Scale

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Last week, I asked readers to guess how much a 1966 Ford Mustang weighs as part of the “Curb Weight Competition” series that I just made up on the spot but will likely now continue doing. “The winner will receive something from my closet of press-swag” I declared, saying contestants would have to get the exact number in order to receive the gifts that I had gotten for free from bribing automakers. Well it looks like five people got it right; behold your winners.

Turns out, my scale rounds to the nearest 10 pounds, so anyone who guessed between 2,835 and 2,844 won. That is to say, the industrial scale I used to weigh my 1966 Ford Mustang coupe — equipped with a three-speed C4 automatic bolted to a 289 V8, power steering, a dual-reservoir manual brake system, no air conditioning, a single spare tire, steel faux-GT wheels, and not a whole lot else — weighed in at:

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2,840 pounds.

Many of our readers are quite good at guessing weights, because these five nailed it:

 

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Five of you got it right! Wait, am I seeing a sixth? Oh yes, here’s another:

Oh wait, nevermind:

You had it 97Mustang! It was in your grips! Better luck next time!

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Anyway, that leaves these five as our winners: 69442, sdstone, niceladybadjeep, coherent-rambling, and TriangleRAD. Congratulations! Email tips@autopian.com to secure your prize, which I bet will be underwhelming. But who knows — I’m a jaded journalist; press swag could be cool to a non-writer.

Anyway, that 2,840 pound curb weight is over 900 pounds less than the modern Mustang V8’s (it comes in at 3,752 lbs in V8 automatic guise).

Of course, the modern Mustang is significantly larger and packed with a lot more high-strength steel and other safety tech.

One modern sports coupe that weighs almost exactly the same as an old V8 Mustang is the Toyota GR86:

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The Toyota weighs 2,851 lbs according to the automaker. It’s over a foot shorter, so the legroom for the rear passengers is much, much less than it is in the old steed, but otherwise the dimensions are about aligned (height and width are within a couple of inches). But again, the Toyota is much safer, plus it’s quicker and handles much better.

Other cars that weigh roughly the same as the old Mustang are the Toyota Corolla (2,910 lbs for the base model):

Honda Civic (2,877 lbs for the base model):

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And Hyundai Elantra (2,725 – 2,868 lbs for the base model):

These three small sedans are actually a bit larger than the Mustang dimensionally, and they’re much better suited to handle crashes, plus they’re fitted with all sorts of tech that the old Mustang doesn’t have. (Seriously, the Mustang has a radio, power steering, and that’s about it).

All this is to say that, while the modern Mustang has gotten chunkier, that’s in part because it’s become dimensionally larger, and it’s become much more powerful. My initial thought when I drove the 1966 towards the scales was “Oh boy this thing is going to be light. Old cars are so light compared to modern cars.” Even after I got the weight measurement and compared it to the modern Mustang’s curb weight, these sentiments remained. But I don’t think that’s the right takeaway, here. Looking at other cars of similar dimensions (like the small cars above), and thinking about all the crap they have jammed into them (much of it federally mandated), I’m actually now seeing the old Mustang as a bit of a porker.

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TheCynic
TheCynic
1 year ago

Peter Egan did a column many moons ago comparing Cadillac cars from the ’50s, ’60s, & ’70s to the current models. Even the battleship sized models of yore (Eldorado Biarritz etc) were lighter than the newer ones. A great well with no bottom, this topic

Gabriel Jones
Gabriel Jones
1 year ago

I guessed 2853. Not bad.

Iwannadrive637
Iwannadrive637
1 year ago

Considering all the safety tech and accessories built into cars now, I’d say a new Mustang weighing in at about 900 pounds over a ’66 isn’t bad at all.

Stones4
Stones4
1 year ago

Oh hell yeah!

Chris with bad opinions
Chris with bad opinions
1 year ago

The real question is how much do you want for that car? I can give you whatever you want.

Shop-Teacher
Shop-Teacher
1 year ago

I just want to say that “niceladybadjeep” is a great user name!

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
1 year ago

Missed it by a hen

Iwannadrive637
Iwannadrive637
1 year ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

How should I spell this? “What’s a hen weigh?” Or, “What’s a henweigh?”

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
1 year ago
Reply to  Iwannadrive637

The answer is yes….any iteration is ok (okay) by me

Tim Stine
Tim Stine
1 year ago

The new cars with turbos are probably faster than an old V8 Stang too.
It is worth pointing out that none of the modern cars LOOK better than the old horse though.

97Mustang
97Mustang
1 year ago

I am sad.

Scalewoodman
Scalewoodman
1 year ago

Would be interesting to see a pic of the wheels actually ON a scale– since that’s what I do! 40,000 x 10 lbs @ 4000 divisions. Is it certified?

CSRoad
CSRoad
1 year ago

Well I got the first two numbers right, I guess that’s not worth anything in this lottery.
Thanks, David, good fun though! (-:

Thomas Metcalf
Thomas Metcalf
1 year ago

Dang. I guessed 70 lbs over.

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas Metcalf

I guessed 7 lbs over. Just missed it, David must have take a shower before and got all the rust off him before driving to the scale.

Andy Individual
Andy Individual
1 year ago

Other than the new Mustang. I like that you chose red painted cars for your comparison pics.

We all know red paint is lighter than black paint, so it’s a much fairer comparison. 😉

They see me Corollin
They see me Corollin
1 year ago

Off by 14lbs!!!
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Frankencamry
Frankencamry
1 year ago

Off by 48. I can certainly live with that. I look forward to weighing something ridiculous next, like the FC150 converted to electric on 5 ton Rockwell axles.

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
1 year ago

Missed it by 99 pounds.

Manuel Verissimo
Manuel Verissimo
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

There are five winners but you ain’t one.

Dead Elvis Inc.
Dead Elvis Inc.
1 year ago

David will miss that pop culture reference, I bet!

10001010
10001010
1 year ago

I want to personally thank you for that pun in the lead image. Gracias!

ElectricOffRoaders .com
ElectricOffRoaders .com
1 year ago

Needs more batteries. Rally lights. A lift. Off-road tires. Off-road suspension. A cage. And Ford’s electric crate motor. And rally lights.

Like this, except electric:
https://mustangfanclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/RowdyFastbackFeaturedImage.jpg

Livinglavidadidas
Livinglavidadidas
1 year ago

I learned something about myself today. Apparently I love safari mustangs.

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