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Year: 1964|Ext: Rangoon Red|Int: Black|Call for price|

RB Collection is proud to offer this rare, unique, and meticulously restored pre-production 1964 ½ Mustang convertible VIN#5F08F100140, DSO 89 (Transportation Services), and Date 05C.

This piece of history was sold on May 31,1967 by Mathison Motor Company located in Ames, IA to Ben Buck (invoice available) who kept the car in his family for 39 years. Mr. Buck informed that the car was being used by the dealer owner’s wife before he purchased it. In 2000, the car was sent to Georgia by Mr. Buck’s son, Brian Buck, who owned the car until 2006.The last owner, Bruce Beeghly, from Ohio, bought it on December 2006 through Fraser Dante Classic Cars in Atlanta GA, where Brian Buck consigned the car.

In 2008, Bruce commissioned the restorer Nate Miller, from Buckeye Muscle Car Restoration, in Canfield, OH, to perform a fastidious, nut-and-bolt, and MCA concours standards restoration. The restoration process includes months of research, discussions with experts and pre-production owners, in addition to a one year process of photographing pre-production cars, including an inspection, under special authorization by Ford, on the “Mustang #1”, displayed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The restoration process is fully documented including pictures, invoices, and a “Concours Judging Aid” report attesting that this Mustang is a pre-production car and 99.9% of the car was untouched before the restoration process began.

The restoration presents in gorgeous condition having seen very limited use since it was completed. This unique Mustang has only been driven to concours and special events. The beautiful Rangoon Red paint presents in pristine condition. The presentation of each detail, including the engine bay, is what you would expect from a top of the line restoration, with gorgeous paintwork, excellent gaps and authentic detailing from front to back.

The interior is restored to factory-correct standards, with original style vinyl  trim, rally pac, and factory push button AM radio with antenna. As with the body, no detail has been overlooked in ensuring this is an authentic and beautifully restored car. Likewise, the underhood presentation is outstanding, with the original, numbers-matching 260 Cu.in V8 2V engine painted in factory-correct gray with blue heads and cruise-o-matic automatic transmission.

All original options include: White convertible top, power steering, power brakes, rocker panel moulding, steel 14” wheels, factory sport hubcaps with spinners, NOS 6.95×14” tires, padded visors, full-length console, seat belts, bucket seats, single exhaust, single sport mirror, and two speed electric wipers with washer.

This Mustang has been featured in many magazines as: Mustang Monthly, April 2010, “Some Hand Assembly Required” and Mustang Times, May 2020 vol.44, “Pre-Game Show”.

Also, this unique vehicle has been the main attraction of the following events and Museums: Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration in Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlote, NC from April 16th to 20th; Carlisle Ford Nationals, from June 6th to 8th, 2014, Carslile, PA; Saratoga Automobile Museum, from June 14th to November 2nd , 2014,  Saratoga Springs, NY, all celebrating the 50th year of Mustang; Krasl Art Center Concours, St. Joseph, MI; Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance, Hilton Head Island, SC – First in Class; and Mustang Club of America, Grand National, Walt Disney World Speedway, 2013 – Gold.    

This iconic Ford Mustang is a historical automobile and deserves to be part of the best collections in the world, the sale being a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most significant automobiles of the American manufacturing history. Contact Alex Ruozzi for more information on this very unique pre-production Mustang.

Originally predicted to sell 100,000 vehicles yearly, the 1965 Mustang became the most successful vehicle launch since the 1927 Model A. Introduced on April 17, 1964 over 400,000 units were sold in its first year and the one-millionth Mustang was sold within two years of its launch.

Officially, Ford Motor Company says Mustang production began March 9, 1964. However, during the winter of 1963-64 pre-production units were built at Allen Park and Dearborn assembly plants, enabling them to develop a smooth cadence before production ramped up. At Dearborn, 150-200 pre-production Mustang units were bucked prior to March 9 (probably between February 10 and March 9). All pre-production 1964 ½ Mustang are easily identifiable by an 05C built date, an arbitrary date that flagged them as pre-production units.

These vehicles were built for, and their DSO (District Sales Office Code) reflects, special use, not for retail sale to one of the District Sales Office in the United States. These special uses included engineering tests, The New York World’s Fair, promotional and display purposes, export, and shipment to such racing teams as Holman-Moody and Alan Mann Racing in England.

What makes pre-production Mustang units and some early mass production units different is the use of unique parts, such as components and stampings, not to mention unconventional assembly procedures including stick and wire-feed welding where mass production units were spot-welded.

Almost all the 150-200 pre-production Mustang were used as race cars, destroyed, or ordered to be scrapped. A few went on dealer showroom tours. Only 12 of these vehicles have their current location known including two in England and one in France.

  • Car is 1-inch shorter and ½-inch wider than mass production units,
  • Crudely hammed rear wheel wells to clear the convertible top,
  • Torch-cut clearance of the front frame rails,
  • Crude cuts around the dashboard for clearance,
  • Small washer sizing at the idler arm,
  • Hand-made parking lamp gaskets,
  • Odd silver color on grille,
  • Rear shock absorber top mounts too small to allow shock removal,
  • Unusual pin-hole configuration in quarter panel end caps,
  • Non-production rear bumper brackets,
  • Non-production headlight and parking light wiring harnesses,
  • Hand-formed firewall and rear valance,
  • Rear valance different than production,
  • Hand-written identification tags on the instrument panel wiring harness,
  • Convertible top bows are straight instead of curved.