1964 1/2 Ford Mustang
Since it was introduced 4 months before the normal start of the
1965 production year the earliest Mustangs were referred to as the
1964.5 model by enthusiasts. Nevertheless, all 1964.5 cars were
given a 1965 standard VIN at the time of production. Production
began in March 1964 and serial number 1, (5F08F100001), was sold on
April 14th, 1964 at the George Parsons Ford dealership in St.
John's Newfoundland, Canada. The official introduction followed on
April 17th at the 1964 World's Fair. The gentleman whose name will
be forever written in Mustang history was Captain Stanley Tucker.
He walked into George Parsons Ford and found an all too eager
salesman who sold him the car....3 days before the model officially
went on sale. The rest, as they say, is history.
While all first year Mustangs were titled as 1965's the early
production cars are referred to as 1964.5 cars. This particular car
was titled as a 1964 and is still titled that way. Slight
differences are noted between them and the standard production 1965
Mustang and this Mustang has all the correct early run parts on it.
A consignor stated 3 owner car that he purchased in July of 1984.
Since then, a multitude of repair and restoration work has been
done including a repaint, new floors, factory Ford replacement
sheet metal, a rebuilt engine and rebuilt suspension. During his 38
years of ownership the car was mostly garage kept and it shows! Add
in a bunch of upgrades and this is a car meant to be driven and
enjoyed, not trailered from show to show.
An older Rangoon Red respray covers the exterior of this car and
presents with orange peel, dry spots and texture on some of the
surfaces. Most of this could be remedied by a thorough wet sanding
and follow up treatment. The restored metal is mostly straight with
the front and rear quarter panels being new old stock metal that
was installed in 1984. Thin mustache like chrome bumpers and
bumperettes present well with a deep reflective shine. The
corralled horse within vertical and horizontal chrome spears fills
in the honeycomb style grille and looks just fab. All gaps are
good, and the freshman year Mustang cove is showing off proudly.
Bringing up the tail end are the iconic tai lights and smiling thin
chrome bumper below. 15-inch chrome styled steel wheels adorn the
corners and are wrapped in BF Goodrich raised white radial rubber.
Our consignor also has added all LED lighting, a much needed and
appreciated improvement over the stock filament lighting.
Looking inside we are met with door panels covered in pristine
black vinyl tuck and roll with black textured steel door frames and
shiny chrome window cranks and door releases. Black standard
buckets are up front and a rear bench that are keenly done with no
marks or tears and have recently been replaced. A black center
console races between the seats and looks just fab with its black
textured and ribbed aluminum inlay. A chrome handled black knobbed
shifter can be seen growing from the console and is well within the
driver's reach. A dual eyebrowed dash pad sits atop the black full
metal jacket dash which contains the original instrument cluster,
various chrome knobs and sliders, AM radio, and glove box door. A
black rimmed 3 spoke wheel is perched atop the fixed steering
column with an optional rally pack tachometer and clock add on and
gives a nice touch to the basic instrumentation. Fairly new clean
black carpet floods the floors and is protected by black rubber
mats with pony logos and an ivory vinyl headliner hangs above with
Under the hood in the well restored engine bay we see a 260ci V8
with a 2-barrel carburetor. The rebuilt at 121,000 miles engine is
painted a nice black with contrasting light blue valve coverings
and an air cleaner assembly. A 3-speed manual transmission, with a
new clutch, pressure plate, and throwout bearing in 2014 is behind
and pushes power back to a Ford 8" rear axle with 3.25 gearing. Of
note is the 1964.5 specific generator bolted to the engine where
later models had an alternator and a Pertronix II ignition system
replaces the points.
Some surface rust can be seen, but this is typical of a "driver
car". Solid floor pans, toe kicks, and rockers can be seen from
underneath. We do note that the rear unibody rails have some
invasive rust at the tail ends and also repairs have been done to
the base of the front shock towers. Independent coil spring front
suspension and rear leaf spring suspension are noted, all of which
had been replaced at 135,000 miles. Disc brakes have been added to
the front while drums remain on the rear and dual exhaust snakes
its way back through stock style mufflers . Of note is the recent
addition of a complete Borgenson power steering kit
A pump of the gas and twist of the key and we were off like a prom
dress. Acceleration was adequate from the 260ci V8, handling was
good, and braking was bias free thanks to the added front discs.
All functions were functioning, and I enjoyed my time behind the
wheel of this 1st year pony.
Not every car can be a number matching garage queen that is rarely
enjoyed. If you are seeking a concours restored car that you want
as a "queen" this is not your car. If you are an early Mustang
aficionado and want to drive your classic car, then look here. A
clean, nicely preserved car, smooth runner, this could be your
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
07-2 Door Hardtop
F-260ci V8 2bbl 164hp
155939-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 65A-2 Door Hardtop Standard Buckets
COLOR J-Rangoon Red
TRIM 86-Black Vinyl
DATE 04F-June 4th 1964
AXLE 1-Ford 8" 3.00 Conventional
TRANS 1-3 Speed Manual
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