The first production Mustang rolled off the production line on the 9th March of 1964. It was advertised as "the car to be designed by you", and therefore had a range of interior, exterior and drivetrain options. Buyers had the choice between coupé, convertible and in a later stage fastback body, and different interior options, some of which included front bucket or bench seat, rear bench seat, a sports car style steering wheel and a floor mounted gearshift. Enginewise, there was a choice between a 6-cilinder 170ci (101 bhp), a 260ci V8 (164 bhp), a two barrel 289ci V8 (210 bhp) and from June 1964 on also a 4-barrel V8 offering 271 bhp. The Mustang was an instant success, and after the first production year 418.000 examples were sold !
This very early example is a 289ci V8 car with manual gearbox. It was delivered in April 1964 in California, in the fantastic colour combination of Prairie Bronze with a Palomino vinyl interior. The first Mustang was introduced in April 1964 by Lee Iacocca in exactly the same colours, and it must be said it looks absolutely stunning. The car had the manual 4-speed gearbox, and the first owner specified some very interesting options like a power conver
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