Wed, 18th Oct 2006 0:00

Kempton Park Racecourse

  Lot 34
Lot 34 - 1965 Ford Mustang 200 Convertible

1965 Ford Mustang 200 Convertible

Estimated at £12,000 - £14,000

Lot details
Registration No: KYY181C
Chassis No: 5R08T258318
Mot Expiry: Oct 2007

Introduced at the New York World's Fair on April 17th 1964, the Ford Mustang was primarily aimed at the post-WW2 'baby boomer' generation. Backed by an enormous publicity campaign that included television coverage beamed to over 30 million homes and some 2,500 newspaper advertisements, it proved an instant hit (the millionth car selling inside two years). The brainchild of senior Ford executive Lee Iacocca, the newcomer borrowed heavily from its Falcon and Fairlane predecessors. Based on a 'torque box' reinforced monocoque bodyshell, it was styled in-house by David Ash and Joseph Oros of the Lincoln-Mercury division. Initially available in either coupe or convertible guises (though, a fastback variant was soon added), the model was equipped with independent coil-sprung front suspension, a 'live' rear axle and hydraulic drum brakes. Powered by a range of straight-six and V8 engines mated to a choice of manual (three- / four-speed) or automatic transmission, the Mustang could be had with a bewildering range of factory options to suit almost every taste / budget. The first car to receive the Tiffany Design Award, it also undertook pace duties at the 1964 Indianapolis 500. Responsible for creating the 'pony car' class (despite being named after the WW2 P-51 Mustang fighter plane), the sporty Ford has long been revered as an American cultural icon.
Finished in white with red vinyl upholstery, this particular left-hand drive example is reputedly one of just 5,000 Mustang Convertibles built during 1965 with the 200ci (3.3litre) straight-six OHV engine and De Luxe 'Pony' interior. Made even scarcer by a specification that includes: three-speed automatic transmission, power-assisted steering, factory-fitted air conditioning and a power hood, the Ford is said to be "one of very few that remain in this condition" and to have enjoyed "low ownership". Still retaining its original '120hp' powerplant (which first became an option that season), the past couple of years have seen the car treated to a new carburettor, brake overhaul, full service and replacement front wishbones / ball joints. Riding on faux wire wheels, this rare but generously equipped Mustang is offered for sale with current MOT certificate and historic class (free) road tax.

PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle now has an MOT until October 2007 and is registered KYY181C.

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