A 1960s American classic in Saigon, Vietnam

(Last Updated On: November 11, 2019)

Walking down a neighborhood street near our hotel in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), we noticed a vehicle that seemed a bit out of place on a neighborhood street in Vietnam.

1967 Mustang in Saigon Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

Doesn’t that look like a classic American muscle car (or at least an American muscle car wannabe)?

1967 Mustang in Saigon Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

1967 Mustang in Saigon Vietnam - ExplorationVacation.net

Indeed.  It is, to be precise, a modified 1967 Ford Mustang fastback.

If only she could talk.

Americans left a lot of stuff behind when they retreated from Vietnam after the war, but they didn’t leave much in the way of American culture (unlike the French who left a lot of great buildings when they departed). Americans didn’t bring much beyond what was needed to conduct a war, so the only vintage American items found here are generally personal items that belonged to individual soldiers and military equipment.

How and when this car got here has to be quite a story.

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4 thoughts on “A 1960s American classic in Saigon, Vietnam”

    1. Yeah, me too. I’ve been told the most likely scenario is that it was shipped over by a US military officer in the early days of the war. But that’s just a guess. I’d love it if someday some guy saw this and sent me a note that said: “hey, that’s my car!”

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