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 Province - - DRIVING - ALEX REID Driv­ing.ca

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.

—BAR­RETT-JACK­SON

Ford Mus­tang coupe Se­rial 00002 is a 1965 model fin­ished in Caspian Blue with a blue in­te­rior.

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