The first 1965 Ford Mustang will come up for auction in January. This past summer, the ten-millionth ford mustang rolled off the assembly line, and now here’s a chance to land the very first pre-production ford mustang from 1965. The car was hand-assembled and has been completely restored to its original condition.
The car will also be featured in an upcoming movie Ferrari Vs. Ford starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon.
History of the Ford Mustang
Ford introduced the Mustang at the World’s Fair on April 17th, 1964, as a sports car based on their Falcon model. Vice president of Ford, Lee Iacocca, had a goal of delivering 100,000 Mustangs in the first year, but Ford sold 22,000 on the first day. They knew immediately they had struck a chord with car buyers.
It was another Ford executive who would influence the development of the new model. John Najjar was a Ford designer who appreciated the World War II fighter plane, P-51 Mustang, and is credited as suggesting the name.
Many options, a convertible, notchback body, and a fastback model were offered for the 1965 Mustang cars. The Mustang was such a success that other car manufactures would launch their own version of Ford’s “Pony Cars.”
A New Era of American Sportscars
Pontiac developed the Firebird, Chevrolet introduced the Camaro, Dodge went with the Challenger. Even AMC debuted the Javelin. In 1967, Mercury launched the Cougar model as a luxury version of the Mustang.
Over the years, variations of the Ford Mustang series included the GT, Mach 1, Cobra, Bullitt, and Boss 302. It’s one of the most successful Ford models over the years and a favorite among car enthusiasts for its pure and simple design.