Steve Miles was a much loved and valued contributor to Classic American for many years before he passed away a few years back. As a youth he cycled around his hometown of Oxford and the neighbouring areas searching for American cars to photograph and occasionally he travelled to London for the same purpose. The result was a cache of extraordinary photographs showing contemporary American cars in British locations, predominantly in the Sixties. It was a very different time and the photographs capture things like people’s dress, shop fronts, street signage – in a way it looks a different country from the Britain of today. Here we unearth some of his Mustang photos – even here in the UK the arrival of the Mustang was heralded with much excitement!
Above: 1965 Mustang Convertible. Another quite early shot, taken in late 1964 outside the old Rewley Road Station, Oxford – a nearly new 6-cylinder convertible in dark green with a tan interior and white top, looking suitably clean and smart. Mustang sales here were slow to begin with as domestic sales in the USA took off, leaving few cars available for export.
1965 Mustang Hardtop. The regular ’66 Mustang models added those funny hash marks in the rear quarter scallop, new wheeltrims and a tidy grille without the cross-bars. This silver hardtop in Broad Street was a local GI’s car, V8-equipped I saw it around Oxford a number of times.1967 Mustang Hardtop. A very basic Mustang 6-cylinder hardtop in gold, parked in Broad Street. Still sharing its floopan with the Falcon, the Mustang had a new style for ’67, looking a little more massive, but aggressive too. The convertible and 2+2 were still listed, in regular or GT trim and the engine options now went right up to a 390 cu in big block, making Mustang a serious high performance car, although the weight of the FE engine didn’t improve handling. Suspension options could make a big difference there though and power disc-brakes were on offer too – You could tailor your Mustang to suit your personal requirements from shopping car to road-racer. 1967 Mustang GT. A well optioned-up Mustang spotted parked in South Audley Street – the GT package again evident from the stripes and grille lights. Still using the Falcon floorpan, Mustang nonetheless had a new body for ’67.1967 Mustang. By contrast, this ’67 fastback looks to be a very basic version! The standard grille had the plain crossbar, returned after an absence for ’66 except on the GT option; the new fastback body had a roofline which extended to the end of the trunk lid. Coincidence raises its head – this car and the previous one both wear New Jersey licence plates.1967 Ford Mustang GT A ’67 fastback this time, with GT option, parked outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square.1967 Shelby GT350. This ’67 Shelby GT350 must have cut a very exotic figure around London in the swinging Sixties. It wears Swiss licence plates and it (along with the it’s GT500 big brother) were the last Shelby’s to be built in California near LAX airport.1968 Ford Mustang. Visually the Mustang wasn’t much different for ’68, just a new grille with the ‘floating’ horse effect and detail trim changes. We’re looking down St Aldates here, Christchurch College over there with the inevitable tour coach outside as a blue Mustang cruises by.
This article first appeared in the 2022 issue of our annual Mustang supplement, which is included for free in the July issue of Classic American. If you would like to read more about Mustangs, you can purchase the July issue here or subscribe here to be sure you don’t miss the next one!