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2013-09-12 08:04:57 PM  
Nice.  No doubt the restoration was worth every penny.  The car's history alone is worth some serious coin.
 
2013-09-12 09:12:37 PM  
Nice.  The power blue/royal blue color scheme is pretty sharp too.
 
2013-09-12 09:13:21 PM  
Sweet, one family car, and it was the first sold.

Not sure how much it would bring, but that is gold plated rock solid providence

Good for them for not selling it..
 
IP
2013-09-12 09:55:22 PM  
It's ironic but I suspect the restoration likely cost five or six times what they paid for it originally.  Nice car though, and as others have noted the provenance probably makes it worth that much more.  Jealous.
 
2013-09-12 10:02:23 PM  

IP: It's ironic but I suspect the restoration likely cost five or six times what they paid for it originally.  Nice car though, and as others have noted the provenance probably makes it worth that much more.  Jealous.


The original sticker on a Mustang was around $2,500 - $3,500 depending on model (the convertibles were likely slightly more).  Depending on how much work they did themselves, getting a restoration like that for only 5-6 times that amount would be a steal.
 
2013-09-12 10:06:13 PM  

IP: It's ironic but I suspect the restoration likely cost five or six times what they paid for it originally.  Nice car though, and as others have noted the provenance probably makes it worth that much more.  Jealous.


Probably closer to 10 times or more...

1965 Corvettes started at $4300

Mustang #1 in the Henry Ford is also a ragtop and had a sticker of $3,334
 
2013-09-12 10:12:34 PM  
Also, noticed in the pic it has the rally pac, the tach and clock on the sides of the steering column.

Too bad it doesn;t have the 289
 
2013-09-12 10:23:57 PM  
What a beautiful thing.
 
2013-09-12 10:47:31 PM  

baka-san: Also, noticed in the pic it has the rally pac, the tach and clock on the sides of the steering column.

Too bad it doesn;t have the 289


289 wasn't available at launch 260 was the biggest engine available until 65, this is a 641/2.  The first Cobras had the same engine.
 
2013-09-12 10:54:21 PM  
Dammit subby, I was promised a zombie car and I demand satisfaction!
 
2013-09-12 10:57:46 PM  

Iczer: Dammit subby, I was promised a zombie car and I demand satisfaction!


GIS for Zombie Mustang

www.mustangevolution.com
 
2013-09-12 11:05:22 PM  
Curious to see what the 2015 will bring...
 
2013-09-12 11:15:14 PM  

Tom_Slick: Iczer: Dammit subby, I was promised a zombie car and I demand satisfaction!

GIS for Zombie Mustang

[www.mustangevolution.com image 600x448]


The picture gave me a sad.  Why in the world would you ruin a Mustang like that?
 
2013-09-12 11:18:58 PM  

Shrinkwrap: Curious to see what the 2015 will bring...


Smaller, lighter, turbo 4s, a few 6s, IRS, and right hand drive
 
2013-09-12 11:23:54 PM  

Notabunny: turbo 4s,


Been there...

www.stangtv.com

Kinda want one. :)
 
2013-09-12 11:28:28 PM  

Notabunny: Shrinkwrap: Curious to see what the 2015 will bring...

Smaller, lighter, turbo 4s, a few 6s, IRS, and right hand drive


There will still be a V8 option, but if they offer the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6, I don't know why anyone would take the V8 other than tradition/sound, that EB 3.5 is hands down one of the best engines on the market today from any manufacturer.
 
2013-09-12 11:30:48 PM  
I did not know the first car sold was a convertible? Nice car.

The thing is that the Mustang proved that car companies could just reskin existing platforms and increase profit margins, which is really what killed the Big Three in the end.
 
2013-09-12 11:32:01 PM  
Great body work. Powder blue can be pretty unforgiving.
 
2013-09-12 11:33:01 PM  

baka-san: Sweet, one family car, and it was the first sold.

Not sure how much it would bring, but that is gold plated rock solid providence

Good for them for not selling it..


Did you mean provenance?  Not trying to be a dick here since I often bait people with commonly misspelled words.
 
2013-09-12 11:37:20 PM  

MFAWG: I did not know the first car sold was a convertible? Nice car.

The thing is that the Mustang proved that car companies could just reskin existing platforms and increase profit margins, which is really what killed the Big Three in the end.


Platform sharing in and of itself isn't a bad thing, and it wasn't the major factor in the collapse of the big 3, although in a way it did contribute.  The Mustang may have been developed off of the Falcon, but it didn't look anything like it.  GM was probably the worst when it came to rebadging, oftentimes having three or four vehicles that were identical other than minor cosmetic details selling in competing franchises.  It really came to a head with the GMT360 platform, which was sold as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender, Buick Ranier, and Saab 9-7x with very little differentiation between all of those models.
 
2013-09-12 11:41:34 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: MFAWG: I did not know the first car sold was a convertible? Nice car.

The thing is that the Mustang proved that car companies could just reskin existing platforms and increase profit margins, which is really what killed the Big Three in the end.

Platform sharing in and of itself isn't a bad thing, and it wasn't the major factor in the collapse of the big 3, although in a way it did contribute.  The Mustang may have been developed off of the Falcon, but it didn't look anything like it.  GM was probably the worst when it came to rebadging, oftentimes having three or four vehicles that were identical other than minor cosmetic details selling in competing franchises.  It really came to a head with the GMT360 platform, which was sold as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender, Buick Ranier, and Saab 9-7x with very little differentiation between all of those models.


I'm not really talking about rebadging, I'm talking about Ford in particular using the Fairmont platform for the better part 3 decades to build Thunderbirds, which should have been the top of the line and somewhat cutting edge. It was always a new skin over the same sled, although it would get refined over time.
 
2013-09-12 11:45:41 PM  

Tom_Slick: baka-san: Also, noticed in the pic it has the rally pac, the tach and clock on the sides of the steering column.

Too bad it doesn;t have the 289

289 wasn't available at launch 260 was the biggest engine available until 65, this is a 641/2.  The first Cobras had the same engine.


Yep, but it still would have been better with the 289.  When the the 65 year model arrived, it relegated the 64 1/2 to 'serious collector only' status because it didn't come with that fantastic little 289.
 
2013-09-12 11:51:39 PM  

MFAWG: TuteTibiImperes: MFAWG: I did not know the first car sold was a convertible? Nice car.

The thing is that the Mustang proved that car companies could just reskin existing platforms and increase profit margins, which is really what killed the Big Three in the end.

Platform sharing in and of itself isn't a bad thing, and it wasn't the major factor in the collapse of the big 3, although in a way it did contribute.  The Mustang may have been developed off of the Falcon, but it didn't look anything like it.  GM was probably the worst when it came to rebadging, oftentimes having three or four vehicles that were identical other than minor cosmetic details selling in competing franchises.  It really came to a head with the GMT360 platform, which was sold as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender, Buick Ranier, and Saab 9-7x with very little differentiation between all of those models.

I'm not really talking about rebadging, I'm talking about Ford in particular using the Fairmont platform for the better part 3 decades to build Thunderbirds, which should have been the top of the line and somewhat cutting edge. It was always a new skin over the same sled, although it would get refined over time.


A platform is just hard points and frame metal.  At a certain point it hinders engineering effort when it gets too out of date, but usually it's the part of the car that needs to be updated the least.  You can use the same platform and build in completely new exterior styling, interior styling, engines, transmissions, and suspensions.  Plus, platforms evolve over time.  The current S197 Mustang traces its roots back to the DEW98 that rolled out in 2000 with the original Lincoln LS, but you'd be hard pressed to see anything that they share.  Similarly the current Explorer rides on the D4 platform which is an expanded version of the D3 which was based on the Volvo P2 platform designed for the S80 in '98, again, the modern Explorer doesn't really share anything with a 15 year old Volvo, but the evolutionary track is there.
 
2013-09-13 12:27:58 AM  
Ok, that's is a cool story - especially since it's backed up by the factory and they decided to keep the car. While it isn't quite as cool of a backstory, I love my '65.

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2nd owner '65 w/ 53,000 original miles w/ auto, C-code 289, in Poppy Red. It's serial number 66601 & 66602 (the engine & fenders are off by one). She looks awesome from a dozen feet away, but has some minor under paint rust in the back corners of the doors, and a bit under the trunk lid. Other than that, she's pretty clean. But I would love to give her a proper, full restoration one day.

Since I have my hands full with other projects ('48 Willys restoration, & sailing Vancouver Island), I've put her away for long-term storage for the time being.
scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2013-09-13 12:44:06 AM  

MFAWG: TuteTibiImperes: MFAWG: I did not know the first car sold was a convertible? Nice car.

The thing is that the Mustang proved that car companies could just reskin existing platforms and increase profit margins, which is really what killed the Big Three in the end.

Platform sharing in and of itself isn't a bad thing, and it wasn't the major factor in the collapse of the big 3, although in a way it did contribute.  The Mustang may have been developed off of the Falcon, but it didn't look anything like it.  GM was probably the worst when it came to rebadging, oftentimes having three or four vehicles that were identical other than minor cosmetic details selling in competing franchises.  It really came to a head with the GMT360 platform, which was sold as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender, Buick Ranier, and Saab 9-7x with very little differentiation between all of those models.

I'm not really talking about rebadging, I'm talking about Ford in particular using the Fairmont platform for the better part 3 decades to build Thunderbirds, which should have been the top of the line and somewhat cutting edge. It was always a new skin over the same sled, although it would get refined over time.


It wasn't the idea of platform design, it was the execution.

The difference between a Golf and a new Beetle is less that 10% of the parts list.  They're both selling like hot cakes globally and both are revenue generating.  The difference between a Golf and a Jetta is even less,
 
2013-09-13 01:28:05 AM  
Definitive proof that Mustangs have always been chick cars.
 
2013-09-13 03:24:18 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Definitive proof that Mustangs have always been chick cars.


Your need to enforce gender roles on inanimate objects concerns me.

Were you hugged enough as a kid?  Do you have deep seated fears of powerful women or effeminate men?

I really do care.  let us help you.
 
2013-09-13 03:46:38 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Definitive proof that Mustangs have always been chick cars.


Even if it's true, that would be a good thing idiot.
 
2013-09-13 05:35:48 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: IP: It's ironic but I suspect the restoration likely cost five or six times what they paid for it originally.  Nice car though, and as others have noted the provenance probably makes it worth that much more.  Jealous.

The original sticker on a Mustang was around $2,500 - $3,500 depending on model (the convertibles were likely slightly more).  Depending on how much work they did themselves, getting a restoration like that for only 5-6 times that amount would be a steal.


The thing is, even if they put $50K into the car, it's worth at least that now that it's restored.  And Mustangs are easy to restore, as all the parts are still available off the shelf (hell, you can buy a brand-new pattern body if you want) and they're simple cars.

I saw a well-restored example a few years back and what shocked me were the panel gaps: this was not a precision car when it was built, and spending the time getting all the gaps right and making them really narrow would actually ruin the restoration: these were cheaply-build, mass-produced cars on the level of the VW Bug.
 
2013-09-13 07:31:54 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Definitive proof that Mustangs have always been chick cars.


Proof that Corvettes have always been chick cars.

1.bp.blogspot.com

/would gladly accept a vintage Camarro, Corvette, GTO, Mustang, etc. regardless if it's been dubbed "a chick car"
 
2013-09-13 08:51:37 AM  

Night Night Cream Puff: HotWingAgenda: Definitive proof that Mustangs have always been chick cars.

Proof that Corvettes have always been chick cars.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x213]

/would gladly accept a vintage Camarro, Corvette, GTO, Mustang, etc. regardless if it's been dubbed "a chick car"


And what exactly is a "man's" car?  Big-prick-on-the-insideMW?  Porrr-sha? Beiber-approved Cadillac?

Seems like the only cars "men" are allowed to own are ones where the dollar-to-value ratio is at least 2 to 1.
 
2013-09-13 09:05:16 AM  

DrZiffle: Great body work. Powder blue can be pretty unforgiving.


This. I owned this car (not the exact car, mine had a dark blue vinyl top) in light blue (paint code 3B, if I recall correctly) and it was a giant pain to match it correctly.

www.fordmuscleforums.com
 
2013-09-13 09:13:24 AM  

StrangeQ: Night Night Cream Puff: HotWingAgenda: Definitive proof that Mustangs have always been chick cars.

Proof that Corvettes have always been chick cars.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x213]

/would gladly accept a vintage Camarro, Corvette, GTO, Mustang, etc. regardless if it's been dubbed "a chick car"

And what exactly is a "man's" car?  Big-prick-on-the-insideMW?  Porrr-sha? Beiber-approved Cadillac?

Seems like the only cars "men" are allowed to own are ones where the dollar-to-value ratio is at least 2 to 1.


I posted the Barbie Corvette in response to HWA's "Mustangs are chick cars" comment because somebody always brings it up if the word "Mustang" is even mentioned in a car thread. Should I have just posted the "ohyou.jpg" and called it a day? Personally, I think the whole "chick car" moniker is pants on head stupid. I also think the whole Chevy vs Ford thing is stupid. I drive a Subaru though (a.k.a. the car for lesbians) so what do i know?
 
2013-09-13 09:31:18 AM  

Night Night Cream Puff: StrangeQ: Night Night Cream Puff: HotWingAgenda: Definitive proof that Mustangs have always been chick cars.

Proof that Corvettes have always been chick cars.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 500x213]

/would gladly accept a vintage Camarro, Corvette, GTO, Mustang, etc. regardless if it's been dubbed "a chick car"

And what exactly is a "man's" car?  Big-prick-on-the-insideMW?  Porrr-sha? Beiber-approved Cadillac?

Seems like the only cars "men" are allowed to own are ones where the dollar-to-value ratio is at least 2 to 1.

I posted the Barbie Corvette in response to HWA's "Mustangs are chick cars" comment because somebody always brings it up if the word "Mustang" is even mentioned in a car thread. Should I have just posted the "ohyou.jpg" and called it a day? Personally, I think the whole "chick car" moniker is pants on head stupid. I also think the whole Chevy vs Ford thing is stupid. I drive a Subaru though (a.k.a. the car for lesbians) so what do i know?


Heh...actually I was agreeing with you and just continuing the sentiment...

I think the whole car fued thing is stupid too...unless you're driving a Civic or Neon with a 5 inch muffler can.  Then you're just an idiot whose license should be revoked.
 
2013-09-13 10:54:21 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: MFAWG: I did not know the first car sold was a convertible? Nice car.

The thing is that the Mustang proved that car companies could just reskin existing platforms and increase profit margins, which is really what killed the Big Three in the end.

Platform sharing in and of itself isn't a bad thing, and it wasn't the major factor in the collapse of the big 3, although in a way it did contribute.  The Mustang may have been developed off of the Falcon, but it didn't look anything like it.  GM was probably the worst when it came to rebadging, oftentimes having three or four vehicles that were identical other than minor cosmetic details selling in competing franchises.  It really came to a head with the GMT360 platform, which was sold as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender, Buick Ranier, and Saab 9-7x with very little differentiation between all of those models.


Chrysler was pretty bad at this also.  Family friend had a Volre or Aspen, don't remember which one as are family had the Volre.  Anyways they had the care Delivered with one fender having the Aspen logo and the other the Volre logo.    They had a minor accident at some point and the body shop could only replace the fender with the actual model name.
 
2013-09-13 11:14:52 AM  

Night Night Cream Puff: I drive a Subaru though (a.k.a. the car for lesbians) so what do i know?


That's ok, now it's the car for overprotective helicopter parents/hipsters...

Well, according to the commercials.

/My uncle has an SVX, from when subaru was cool
//Impreza WRX notwithstanding.
 
2013-09-13 01:09:00 PM  

Farty McPooPants: Tom_Slick: baka-san: Also, noticed in the pic it has the rally pac, the tach and clock on the sides of the steering column.

Too bad it doesn;t have the 289

289 wasn't available at launch 260 was the biggest engine available until 65, this is a 641/2.  The first Cobras had the same engine.

Yep, but it still would have been better with the 289.  When the the 65 year model arrived, it relegated the 64 1/2 to 'serious collector only' status because it didn't come with that fantastic little 289.


Well then while we're at it, let's not forget how much better the '64-1/2 Mustangs would have been with EFI, limited-slip differentials, flappy-paddle shifting, traction control, run-flat tires, backup cameras, satnav, Kate Upton in the passenger seat...
 
2013-09-13 02:41:40 PM  
If almost all of the parts have been replaced is it really the same car anymore?
 
2013-09-13 03:42:36 PM  
This gives me hope.  I have a 64 1/2 stuck on blocks back in Louisiana.  Was my first car when i was 15, but by the time I got it from my parents, it had been put through the wringer.  My hope is to bring her back to life in the next few years.  Step one will be getting it out of LA an up to CO, where the dry air will at least stop the rust from deteriorating the car beyond hope.
 
2013-09-13 05:28:29 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: IP: It's ironic but I suspect the restoration likely cost five or six times what they paid for it originally.  Nice car though, and as others have noted the provenance probably makes it worth that much more.  Jealous.

The original sticker on a Mustang was around $2,500 - $3,500 depending on model (the convertibles were likely slightly more).  Depending on how much work they did themselves, getting a restoration like that for only 5-6 times that amount would be a steal.


BTW, $2,500 in '64 is the same as about $18,800 now.
 
2013-09-13 11:31:28 PM  
Still don't understand how she got the car two days in advance of the 'street date'. Was her uncle a Ford dealer or something? Usually you only saw that kind of thing in or around Detroit. And who's to say that some kid in Ferndale didn't get a Mustang two days earlier than her but crashed or junked it years later?
Not that I don't believe her claim, but some textual documentation other than a dated photo would be nice and would go a long way to establishing the provenance of this mighty sweet ride.
 
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