Baby Blue Mustang: A Throwback to the 1966 Ford Mustang

Hannah DeWitt
· 3 min read
Mustangs have been iconic American-made muscle cars ever since their release in 1964.
Ford
has created plenty of memorable cars in their day, but the Mustang will always hold a special place in our hearts.
The only thing that could make a regular Mustang look more like a classic is blue paint. Though Mustangs stand out plenty on their own, a baby blue coat of paint is a quintessential Mustang look. According to
Mustang Specs
, the most famous blue of them all was the 1969 Grabber Blue. However, plenty of other good blues, and Mustangs, came before then, so let’s take a look back at them.
Blue paint makes a regular Mustang look even more like a classic.

The 1966 Mustang

Since it was a first-gen model, the 1966 Mustang is very similar to the original 1964 model.
Mustang Specs
reported that the ’66 model came in three different styles: Coupe, Convertible, and Fastback. Each style was originally priced at $2,416, $2,652, and $2,606, respectively.
The ‘66 came standard with a three-speed transmission and an in-line six-cylinder engine with 120 horsepower. There were two optional V-8 choices that reached 164 and 210 horsepower, respectively. Ford also offered an impressive 271-horsepower HiPo engine.
A total of 607,578 units of the ‘66 Mustang were made, meaning it’s not the rarest model and is surprisingly easy to get ahold of. Today they sell at anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 depending on the style, but considering its cool looks and striping, that’s not too bad.
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What’s up with baby blue Mustangs?

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Over the life of the Mustang, there have been 81 different blue hues created by Ford for their beloved muscle car. This resulted in around 180 blue color combinations and stylings on the Mustang. The most popular and recognizable Mustang blue by far was Grabber Blue, a bright, saturated baby blue shade that came out in 1969. Though it wasn’t available on the ’66, it was used for the Shelby models and went on to be used on the 1970 Boss 302 Mustang.
The 1966 Mustang came in six blues: Arcadian Blue, Sapphire Blue, Nightmist Blue, Tahoe Turquoise, Silver Blue, or Columbine Blue. The Shelby came in other blues as well, including Acapulco Blue and Gulfstream Aqua, both for the 1970 model year. Columbine Blue was another popular blue, used on the High Country Special trim in 1966 and 1967.
A two-tone blue and white version of the Mustang was available from 1965-1968, but not for sale—they were given out in sweepstakes in Canada. The Mustang Player’s Special Edition was painted dark blue and white in a distinct pattern. It was designed to look like the Player’s brand cigarette packages, with a notable diagonal slash separating the two stark colors.

Is Grabber Blue still around?

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Mustangs have been sold with the iconic Grabber Blue paint color as recently as 2017, so it doesn’t look like it will be dropped by Ford anytime soon.
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