• A fully numbers matching Mustang convertible
• Desirable 289, four-barrel, automatic transmission car
• Recently restored to factory standards
289 cid V-8 engine, 210 HP, Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission, front coil spring suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power drum brakes; wheelbase: 108”
One of the world’s most enduring and popular vehicles ever, the Ford Mustang was introduced on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. With advertising in 2,600 newspapers, and cover stories in both Time Magazine and Newsweek, more than 22,000 cars were ordered on the very first day of availability. The mid-year introduction cars, known as 1964 1/2 cars, totaled over 121,000 units, with just over 28,000 of those being the sporty convertibles at $2,557. First year sales totaled over 417,000 vehicles, shattering every previous sales record for any one model in the history of the automobile. The impact the Mustang had on the American auto industry simply cannot be overstated.
Ford’s Lee Iacocca realized that the combination of seating for four in a sporty compact body would be attractive to a new generation of buyers, and the fact it was both affordable and able to be customized with a long list of options ensured the Mustang’s success. As a result, by the end of 1966, there were over 1.4 million Mustangs on the road. The beautiful convertible offered here is one of the rare survivors, being both highly optioned and fully numbers matching.
The eye-catching Phoenician Yellow paint is the finishing touch to a stunning rotisserie restoration. From the fully refinished undercarriage, complete with the correct red oxide paint and proper overspray, to the spotless engine bay with correct Ford hoses and a fully restored 289 V-8, nothing was left untouched. The car’s original engine and four-barrel carburetor, along with the original Cruise-o-Matic transmission perform flawlessly. All of the 1964 1/2 details, like the generator charging system and frame-mounted horns, are correct and in place. Just turn the key, and enjoy the symphony of power that a correctly restored first-generation Mustang with V-8 power delivers.
Nicely equipped, this fine convertible has factory power steering, power brakes, and a power operated top mechanism. The interior, including upholstery and carpets, are new and the vehicle has just break-in miles since the restoration was completed. Even the chrome and stainless shows the same level of detail. The current owner installed 14” styled steel wheels on the car, but is including the original 13” steelies and hubcaps with the sale, as well as an original owner's manual.
Few other American cars are as recognized as the Mustang, and they continue to provide collectors with a fine return and more opportunities to show and enjoy their cars than any other marque. With everything the Mustang had going for it in late 1964, it’s no wonder that all the other American manufacturers were scrambling to catch up.
With 210 horsepower and all the power amenities, this convertible is a superb example of an unparalleled American automotive icon, offering the new owner a perfect way to participate in nearly any vintage automotive event in the country. With undeniable good looks, easy maintenance, and a reputation for durability, they are blue-chip collector cars for good reason, and this lovely example is fully ready to drive, show, and enjoy. With Mustang appreciation at an all-time high, and the current models still being one of Ford’s hottest sellers, this 1964 1/2 offers a very unique opportunity to acquire the original Pony Car, and a true legend on wheels.
1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible