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1964→1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

Ford released their first Mustang at the 1964 New York World’s Fair as a 1965 model year car. It was immediately well received and broke production records in the first year. Production began in March 1964 win 1965 VIN numbers, but with subtle differences, the early cars are sometimes referred to as 1964½.

At the time of sale, the Mustang was sold alongside the Falcon, Fairlane and Thuderbird as a more compact option. To cut down on production costs and maintenance, the Mustang borrowed many common components from the other Ford products.

The project was managed by Lee Iacocca who wanted a four-seater car, no longer than 180 inches that could sell for less than $2,500 USD and have multiple performance and luxury options.

The Mustang came with either a Thiftpower Inline-6 or a variant of the Windsor V8. The most powerful option was the HiPo 289 V8 which offered 271 bhp. Transmissions included a 3 or 4-speed manual with an optional Cruise-O-Matic 3-Speed automatic.

Colors for the model included Raven Black, Wimbledon White, Rangoon Red, Silver Smoke Grey, Guardsman Blue, Skylight Blue, Caspian Blue, Dynasty Green, Chantilly Beige, Vintage Burgundy, Prairie Bronze, Samoan Coral, Red Metallic, Padoga Green and Chrome Yellow with either Black, Red, Blue, Palomino or White interior.

A GT Equipment Package became available in 1965 that added grill-mounted fog lamps, rocker panel stripes, disc brakes and extra interior gauges.

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
On April 17, 1964, the production Ford Mustang debuted at the New York World’s Fair on its way to more than 400,000 sales in the first year and 1 million in the first 20 months.

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Convertible 1964→1965 Ford Mustang Convertible 1964→1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

In Detail

type Series Production Car
production years 1964 – 1965
built at Dearborn, USA
body stylist Joe Oros, L. David Ash, Gale Halderman, John Foster
interior designer Damon Woods
engineers Donald N. Frey
engine High Performance V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
bore 101.60 mm / 4.00 in
stroke 72.90 mm / 2.87 in
compression 10.5:1
power 202.1 kw / 271 bhp
bhp/weight 198.97 bhp per tonne
torque 423.0 nm / 312 ft lbs
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Platform Chassis
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Disc
front tires 6.50-13
rear tires 6.50-13
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
front wheels F 33.0 x 11.4 cm / 13 x 4.5 in
rear wheels R 33.0 x 11.4 cm / 13 x 4.5 in
f suspension A-Frame and Lower Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Solid Axle w/Leaf Springs
curb weight 1362 kg / 3000 lbs
wheelbase 2743 mm / 108 in
front track 1407 mm / 55.4 in
rear track 1422 mm / 56.0 in
length 4613 mm / 181.6 in
width 1727 mm / 68 in
height 1295 mm / 51 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.78:1, 1.93:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1

Auction Sales History

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible 5F08A321693 – sold for $55,000 One-year-only Tropical Turquoise. Desirable A-Code specification. Updated 289 V-8 with appearance to stock. Expertly restored to show/driver standards. Auction Source: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions