164bhp, 260 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 108″
Introduced in 1964, the Mustang created an overnight nationwide sensation. It offered a winning combination of sporty performance, personal luxury, and fresh styling that spawned a new ‘ponycar’ market and encouraged stiff competition from Detroit’s other major automakers. Part of Mustang’s appeal – in addition to its trim size and sparkling performance – was the broad options list. A buyer could specify anything from a relatively tame six-cylinder coupe to a fully equipped convertible with one of three high-performance V8 engines.
While Ford projected first year sales of around 100,000, this mark was reached in a mere four months, making the Mustang’s introduction the most successful in automotive history. By 1966, one million Mustangs were being driven on American roads and to this day the Mustang is the only one of the original ponycars, Camaro and Firebird included, to have remained in continuous production since its introduction.
While relatively little is known of this particular Mustang Convertible’s history, it received a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration to a high, professional standard and as supported by its serial number, is powered by a 260 cubic inch V8 engine. In keeping with the balance of the Davis Collection, the cosmetic and mechanical quality and condition of this Mustang is highly presentable and thoroughly impressive. The car is attractively finished in red with a white convertible top and matching interior. Virtually every element, from the exterior trim to the engine compartment exhibits a period-correct finish with proper detailing. With the exception of the wheel covers with simulated knock-off hubs, relatively few options are present.
Lee Iacocca, the ‘father’ of the Mustang, once remarked, “for me, the excitement in the automobile business is to do something different; to pioneer a new concept and to win”. In championing the Mustang project, Iacocca had certainly produced something entirely different – a new American car that has remained a consistent winner in every conceivable competitive and road-going venue. This example stands as testament to this pioneering spirit and, as a handsomely restored ‘641/2 Convertible, offers the enthusiast an authentic, original glimpse of the Mustang’s formative years.
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