FIRST MUSTANG COUPE EVER BUILT UP FOR AUCTION NEXT MONTH
The early pony car, sold accidentally in the Yukon in 1965, is expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars
The first Ford Mustang coupe ever built is set to be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona auction in January.
The car is an original pre-production Mustang, differentiated from the full-production versions by the straight shift lever, and by prototype sheet metal stampings and welds.
The serial number is 00002, which means it follows the first Mustang ever built, a 1964½ convertible currently on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
The car was never meant to be sold, but a shipping mix-up meant the Mustang was sent to Whitehorse Motors in Yukon by accident, instead of a dealership elsewhere in Canada where it was supposed to be displayed.
The car comes with the original Yukon plate and tons of documents signed by all the important people involved in the creation of the pony car.
Serial 00002 is a 1965 model finished in Caspian Blue with a blue interior, powered by a 170-cubic inch six-cylinder engine that makes a whopping 101 horsepower, sent to the rear wheels via a threespeed manual transmission.
Mustang historian Bob Fria is the current owner and has had the vehicle for more than 20 years. He attempted to auction it off a couple of years ago, but the final bid of US$300,000 didn’t meet his reserve. The 1965 Mustang has had a dozen previous owners.
Ford has confirmed that this car is, indeed, the very first Mustang coupe.
Ford Mustang coupe Serial 00002 is a 1965 model finished in Caspian Blue with a blue interior.