1967 Ford Mustang GTA is a Mean, Green Machine

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We hate to see this gleaming Mustang GTA go, but love to watch it leave.

We love the manual transmission here at Mustang Forums. No paddle-shift setup or dual-clutch box can match the sense of connection and engagement the row-your-own gearbox provides. However, that doesn’t mean we hate cars with automatics in them. There’s no getting around the fact that autos are found in so many badass performance cars, such as the gorgeous 1967 Ford Mustang GTA shown in this video from Youtuber sublimeracer.

The 2018 Mustang GT is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an advanced 10-speed automatic that makes the blue oval beast an absolute pavement scorcher at the drag strip. The slushbox has been an option on the GT for so long that we take it for granted. Back in the ’60s, things were different. The auto wasn’t the fixture it is today. In fact, Ford made the car you see here for only one model year. The Mustang GTA was a V8-powered 1967 special that featured the GT equipment package and a three-speed automatic.

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The gentleman in this video managed to get his hands on one of the rare Mustangs. He’s apparently taken amazing care of it. Its rich green paint gleams. The lettering on its BFGoodrich tires is nice and bright; the tires themselves have plenty of meat left on them, just begging to be smoked.

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All of the brightwork absolutely shines. Best of all, the V8 under the hood is loud and hearty. The driver uses its cubes to power away from what appears to be a vintage car show (and no, he doesn’t crash into anything). It just goes to show that auto cars can be cool. In fact, they’ve had the potential to be awesome for the past 51 years, at least.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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