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Among Harv Bish's one-hundred and eight vintage vehicles up for bid this weekend was a strange and rare 1966 Ford Mustang prototype.

What made it so strange and rare? Well, it has a manually retractable hardtop.

In 1966 Mustang fever was a fresh epidemic and Ford was looking to expand on the original notchback. Iaccoca had already approved the 2+2 Fastback when he approached then Director of Advanced Packaging, Ben Smith, about designing a Mustang with a removable hardtop. Smith did him one better and pitched the idea of a retractable one instead.

The 93 year-old was on hand Saturday to watch this red-on-black hardtop cross the block for $42,000 .

This particular '66 is reportedly a prototype from the '90s when Smith and his sons revisited the idea of folding hardtop first gens. Eventually the project progressed to full conversion kits, 50 or so of which were sold.

VanDerBrink Auctions in Minnesota handled Saturdays event, Yvette VanDerBrink saying "They [bidders] come to buy memories, for people who collect cars, it is all about nostalgia."


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