|Engine||K-code 289 High Performance engine|
Bob Perkins remembers meeting Ed McMullen at the Mustang Club of America Grand Nationals in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1981. “His nickname was Ed Glass because he had a glass company,” Bob recalls. “On the side, he specialized in NOS Ford parts, mainly ’55-’56 Fords, but he also had a lot of Rotunda stuff like oil filters. He also told me that he owned a low-mileage ’66 Mustang fastback with the K-code 289 High Performance engine.”
Ed told Bob that the Mustang had originally been purchased by a gentleman who owned a service station with his brother in Cleveland. In 1966, the two brothers had purchased a pair of ’66 Mustang fastbacks, one black with red interior and the other red with black interior. The cars were seldom driven, usually just on weekends. Ed eventually bought the black one, with less than 4,000 miles on the odometer, in 1969 or 1970.
Always intrigued by low-mileage Mustangs, Bob inquired about buying the K-code fastback but Ed said he wanted to save it for his three sons. However, a few years later at Spring Carlisle, Ed told Bob that he was ready to sell the fastback. “He said he couldn’t split the car into thirds for his sons,” Bob says, “and he had decided that he wanted to buy some land.”