1965 Ford Mustang
The 1964 ½ Ford Mustang was unveiled at the World’s Fair in New York on April 17, 1964. Lee Iacocca, considered the father of the Mustang, introduced the car, which was listed at $2,368. Ford actually referred to the car as a 1965 model all along but it was dubbed the “1964 ½” due to its early appearance in the prior year.
Bucket seats and a floor shifter were standard options and either a six-cylinder or 289 cubic inch V8 was available under the long hood. Ford also offered the K-code High Performance 289 with 271 horsepower, which remained a sought-after optional engine through 1966.
A record-breaking 417,000 units were sold within a year and when the true 1965 model came around, Ford swapped out the old-school generator for a modern alternator.
Hagerty specifically set out to add a 1964 ½ Ford Mustang to its collection in recognition of the Mustang’s 50th anniversary. This coupe was found on Craigslist and located in Hayward, CA. Hagerty’s Davin Reckow, Matt Lewis and Claire Walters drove it home to Michigan and video-blogged about their six-day journey. The generator failed in Nebraska and they had to drive one day on the battery alone until they could get the generator replaced.
This Mustang, which now sports its original “Wimbledon White” exterior paint to complement the black interior, took seven and a half months for Hagerty employees to restore and was complete in April of 2014. It came optioned with an AM radio but didn’t offer windshield washers, allowing the driver to enjoy a tune and a spotted window.