RB Collection is proud to offer this rare, unique, and meticulously restored pre-production 1964 ½ Mustang convertible VIN#5F08F100140, DSO 89 (Transportation Services), and Date 05C.
This piece of history was sold on May 31,1967 by Mathison Motor Company located in Ames, IA to Ben Buck (invoice available) who kept the car in his family for 39 years. Mr. Buck informed that the car was being used by the dealer owner’s wife before he purchased it. In 2000, the car was sent to Georgia by Mr. Buck’s son, Brian Buck, who owned the car until 2006.The last owner, Bruce Beeghly, from Ohio, bought it on December 2006 through Fraser Dante Classic Cars in Atlanta GA, where Brian Buck consigned the car.
In 2008, Bruce commissioned the restorer Nate Miller, from Buckeye Muscle Car Restoration, in Canfield, OH, to perform a fastidious, nut-and-bolt, and MCA concours standards restoration. The restoration process includes months of research, discussions with experts and pre-production owners, in addition to a one year process of photographing pre-production cars, including an inspection, under special authorization by Ford, on the “Mustang #1”, displayed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The restoration process is fully documented including pictures, invoices, and a “Concours Judging Aid” report attesting that this Mustang is a pre-production car and 99.9% of the car was untouched before the restoration process began.
The restoration presents in gorgeous condition having seen very limited use since it was completed. This unique Mustang has only been driven to concours and special events. The beautiful Rangoon Red paint presents in pristine condition. The presentation of each detail, including the engine bay, is what you would expect from a top of the line restoration, with gorgeous paintwork, excellent gaps and authentic detailing from front to back.
The interior is restored to factory-correct standards, with original style vinyl trim, rally pac, and factory push button AM radio with antenna. As with the body, no detail has been overlooked in ensuring this is an authentic and beautifully restored car. Likewise, the underhood presentation is outstanding, with the original, numbers-matching 260 Cu.in V8 2V engine painted in factory-correct gray with blue heads and cruise-o-matic automatic transmission.
All original options include: White convertible top, power steering, power brakes, rocker panel moulding, steel 14” wheels, factory sport hubcaps with spinners, NOS 6.95×14” tires, padded visors, full-length console, seat belts, bucket seats, single exhaust, single sport mirror, and two speed electric wipers with washer.
This Mustang has been featured in many magazines as: Mustang Monthly, April 2010, “Some Hand Assembly Required” and Mustang Times, May 2020 vol.44, “Pre-Game Show”.
Also, this unique vehicle has been the main attraction of the following events and Museums: Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration in Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlote, NC from April 16th to 20th; Carlisle Ford Nationals, from June 6th to 8th, 2014, Carslile, PA; Saratoga Automobile Museum, from June 14th to November 2nd , 2014, Saratoga Springs, NY, all celebrating the 50th year of Mustang; Krasl Art Center Concours, St. Joseph, MI; Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance, Hilton Head Island, SC – First in Class; and Mustang Club of America, Grand National, Walt Disney World Speedway, 2013 – Gold.
This iconic Ford Mustang is a historical automobile and deserves to be part of the best collections in the world, the sale being a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most significant automobiles of the American manufacturing history. Contact Alex Ruozzi for more information on this very unique pre-production Mustang.