In the early sixties, American cars were at the very peak for size, V8 engines and luxury. Turning up in New York City in a Hillman Hunter back in 1964 would’ve made you look a bit of a weak git.
Then out of nowhere, Ford released a car which was noticeably smaller than the ‘norm’, but managed to sell over 9 million units!
The Mustang was America’s icon. And at the Mecum auctions in Indianapolis this May, it’s YOUR chance to buy the first ever Mustang hardtop!
So what exactly are you getting, for this predicted huge sum of money?
Quite a Big Amount Of Heritage
As awesome as the title may seem, this isn’t actually the very first Mustang. It is however, the very second one!
The chassis number reads 00002, or (VIN) 5F07U100002 to be precise for those nerds out there. This car was only preceded by a convertible version, which Ford has kept in the Henry Ford Museum.
This first hardtop Mustang was going to meet the same fate, but a routing mistake meant that it was delivered to a dealer in Yukon, rather than Vancouver!
The guys in the harsh, cold environment fitted a block heater, before eventually selling the car in the Spring of 1965.
14 Owners And a Full Restoration
Since that sale though, this museum piece on wheels has been through 14 rough owners.
Because in 1997, a man came along and decided; “You know what? I’m going to spend 2 years restoring this old thing.”
And that’s exactly what he did. The original Mustang hardtop went through a 2 year restoration, and was brought back to it’s original Caspian blue paint, and matching interior vinyl.
Even the 170 ci (2.8 litre) straight six engine was fully rebuilt, alongside it’s 4-speed manual gearbox.
This is one of very few surviving pre-production Mustangs, and now very soon in May, you’ll get the chance to own such a thing!
Would you pay a huge sum of money for the first ever Ford Mustang hardtop? Or would you buy a less valuable V8 instead? Let us know below!