For Sale: 1965 Ford Mustang in Fenton, Missouri

Vehicle Description

MUSTANG WORLD'S FAIR
 

MUSTANG LAUNCH: THE GRAND INTRODUCTION
 

Many activities are planned. … These exposure programs will put the Mustang in the spotlight before millions. - Chase Morsey, Jr.
 

It all began with an inauspicious statement.
“Ford Division confirmed today that it will introduce a new line of cars this spring,” said the press release issued Feb. 6, 1964, by Lee Iacocca, vice president of Ford Motor Company. “The new line of cars will be called the Mustang … no further details on the new car line will be revealed until the time of its public introduction.”
What followed was one of the largest automobile and product launches in history. Officially under development since 1961, the Mustang was introduced through billboards, television specials, commercials, and most importantly in-person contact. The Mustang’s grand debut came on April 14, 1964 for the press and April 17, 1964 for the general public. The official unveiling took place at the largest exhibit at the New York World’s Fair, the Ford Pavilion also known as the Wonder Rotunda.
Mustang Pavilion
The Mustang under a cover at the World's Fair
The Quadricycle on display at the World's Fair
At the Fair, the Mustang was on display in and around the Wonder Rotunda, and visitors could ride in an all-new Mustang convertible on the Magic Skyway ride. This ride was designed by Walt Disney and his staff to be “a fantasyland of the past, present and future.” The convertible would take visitors through a nearly half-mile, twelve-minute ride depicting “millions of years of life on Earth.” The almost 15 million visitors who took the ride were thus able to inspect the Mustang’s interiors and familiarize themselves with its many available options and accessories.
To honor the Mustang’s first birthday, Ford executives including Henry Ford II, Lee Iacocca, and Don Frey, returned to the Wonder Rotunda at the World’s Fairgrounds. This celebration coincided with festivities across the country to honor the many accomplishments of the Mustang and its growing community of owners. The Mustang set the industry record for sales during the first year with more than 418,000 units, breaking the previous record set by the Ford Falcon in 1960, and more than doubling the expected sales total of 150,000 for the Mustang. During the celebration at the Wonder Rotunda, the Mustang received the Tiffany Gold Model for Design Excellence and the Industrial Designers Institute’s bronze medal. The Mustang was the only car honored by Tiffany and one of only four honored by the IDI.
The Mustang’s astounding success was not just due to this historic grand entrance and marketing campaign, but also the car’s affordability, performance, innovative look, and spirit of fun and freedom. The base model of the Mustang began at $2,368.00, making this first “pony” car accessible to many drivers. Multiple available options and accessories allowed the Mustang to be upgraded toward sportiness or luxury depending on the owner’s desires. This tradition of broad appeal, sportiness, and accessibility, has not only helped the Mustang thrive for the past fifty plus years, with over ten million Mustangs sold, it has made it an enduring American icon.
1964 1/2 - A First Rate Introduction
Lee Iacocca, Ford’s then General Manager, commissioned his design team to come up with a two seated roadster that would compete with popular European cars as well as the American Chevy Corvette Sting Ray. A design team headed by assistant manager and engineer Donald Frey was formed and the new project was titled the “T-5”. After some consideration it was agreed that a cross breed roadster and Ford Falcon would be more suitable to modern demands. After all, the Ford Thunderbird, which was Ford’s most recent two seater car, did not fair as well as expected in current car markets. The T-5 was given a new design commission and Lee Iacocco gives much credit to the efforts of stylist David Ash for making the renamed “Mustang” a smashing success.
In 1964 production was in high gear for the newly designed 1965 Ford Mustang. The highly anticipated Ford Mustang was honored by being named the Indianapolis pace car of 1964 and Ford stepped it up to accommodate the rising status of their new design. A special convertible version was adapted as the pacer. It was manufactured in white with a blue stripe on the hood and trunk. Ford also made 230 extra pace cars, available in convertible and hard top. The 64 1/2 convertibles had a 289cid engine, and the hardtops came with the less powerful 260 V-8. Thirty five convertibles were sold to dealerships and 195 hardtops were given out in dealer contests held in April of 1964.
Clearly the new Ford Mustang was suddenly everywhere! It was even featured in 1964’s Bond movie, Goldfinger! Yes, the Mustang was an instant hit! A true royal gem in Ford’s car making history. It was the most successful release Ford had made since the 1928 introduction of the Model A and it has stood the test of time. Ford is still continuing the
Mustang line and even the newer Mustangs are a modern collector's item.
Although originally the Mustang was advertised as an early 1965 model, Ford made some changes to the later 1965 models that differentiated the two, and it is known today as the 1964 1/2 Mustang (1964.5 Mustang). Thus, the term 1964 1/2 or 1964.5 was eventually coined.

1964 1/2 Mustang
Type
Total Produced
65A Coupe
92705
76,28%
76A Convertible with Standard Interior
28833
23,72%
Grand Total
121538
100,00%
 
 1964-1965 Decoder
Body Style: 2-Door Convertible, Standard Bucket Seats
Exterior Paint: Rangoon Red
Interior Trim: Red Vinyl
Date: 13 April, First Year
DSO: Home Office Reserve
Rear Axle: 3.00:1
Transmission: C-4 Automatic
Assembly Plant: Dearborn, MI
Body Serial: 2-Door Convertible
Engine: 260 Cu. In. V8 2 bbl.
Unit #: 112660
year


DSO 84 Home office reserve
build date of March 5th 1964, 12 wimbledon white convertibles with red interiors, equipped with 260 V8, auto and front and rear seat belts, were used on the revolving line at the 1964 World's Fair
This is early production 1964 1/2 Mustang that was produced April 13th 1964, which was four days before April 17th introduction at the New York Worlds Fair.  This mustang has a RARE DSO 84 which means it was a Home Office Reserve ordered Mustang and was not ordered at a dealership. As lifted above were some other special order Mustangs. The Mustangs for the worlds Fair, Carol Shelby and even Henry Fords Proto type were DSO 84 home office reserve cars.

1964-1965 Decoder
Body Style: 2-Door Convertible, Standard Bucket Seats
Exterior Paint: Rangoon Red
Interior Trim: Red Vinyl
Date: 13 April, First Year
DSO: Home Office Reserve
Rear Axle: 3.00:1
Transmission: C-4 Automatic
Assembly Plant: Dearborn, MI
Body Serial: 2-Door Convertible
Engine: 260 Cu. In. V8 2 bbl.
Unit #: 112660
year
 
Up for your consideration is a stunning 1964 1/2 Mustang convertible finished in "Rangoon" Red with two tone Red & White interior. This is a a "F" code 260ci V8 2V with a Cruis-O-Matic transmission ( three speed automatic transmission) This Pony was restored over 20 years ago but still looks good. There is power steering , power brakes and power convertible top with parade boot.The car rides and drives very nice and goes straight down the road. The factory radio is not working but everything else is functioning correctly.

The 1964 1/2 Mustangs are highly collectible!
 
Call 314-346-6039 to purchase or with any questions.

Vehicle Details

  • 1965 Ford Mustang
  • Listing ID:CC-1515390
  • Price:$43,895
  • Location:Fenton, Missouri
  • Year:1965
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Mustang
  • Exterior Color:Rangoon Red
  • Interior Color:Red & White
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:18101
  • Stock Number:1964.5
  • Trim Level:Home Office Reserve Order DSO 84
  • VIN:5f08f112660
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Exterior Condition:Good
  • Seat Material:Vinyl
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive

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West Port Auto Center
1300 West Lark Industrial Pkwy
Fenton, MO 63026
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