Designed by John Najjar and Philip T. Clark (under supervision of Lee Iacocca), the Ford Mustang quickly became one of America’s most iconic cars. Named after the P-51 Mustang fighter plane, the Mustang was a characteristic “Pony car”. The term for an affordable, performance-oriented, compact, (preferably) four-seater with long hood and a short trunk.
Ford introduced the Mustang at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. And production started in March 1964, with the “1965 model”. Cars produced between March-August 17th 1964 (121,538 cars) are often referred as “1964 1/2” models.
To make the Mustang affordable and shorten development-time, it shared many components with Ford’s other models (especially the Falcon and Fairlane). Both the convertible and hardtop were available from the start while the fastback was introduced in 1965. Multiple performance and luxury options were offered to customise the Mustang.
Engines ranged from a 170 cu (2.7 litre) straight-six with 105 hp to a 289 cu (4.7 litre) V8 with 271 hp (“Hi-Po”, High Performance, often referred to as the “K-code”).
In 1964 the Ford Mustang made its movie debut in two movies: “Goldfinger” (with Sean Connery as James Bond) and “Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez” (with Louis de Funès).
The 1st generation was produced from 1964 until 1966. Its sales shattered all forecasts and resulted in 1 million sold Mustangs in the first 18 months.
This 1966 Silver Blue metallic Convertible is from the highly desirable 1st series and features a 289 cu (4.7 litre) V8 with 200 hp.
Some of the fitted luxury options are: an automatic transmission, power steering and a powered soft top. The much sought after Interior Decor Group with embossed running ponies on the seats, dubbed “Pony” interior, is present with the wooden accents and round gauges.
The typical gills (which were phased out after the 1st generation) are a subtle design element connecting the front grille (with the iconic running pony) and the headlamps.
This particular colour really makes the body stand out and emphasises the main lines. The blue body/white top-combination is colour matched in the interior, making the car a true sight to behold.
The chrome, leather and wooden accents are true representatives of the 1960s. While the extended, uncluttered centre console dominates the interior. The general impression of the interior is one of sportive luxury.
This car has undergone a complete “body-off” restoration, making it even more attractive. Basically this is how it left the factory. A sublime Pony car.
This Ford Mustang Convertible is offered by Dreams2Drive (B).