The Ford Mustang first rolled off the production line in April 1964 and its introduction created a new class of automobile for a new generation of drivers. Aimed at the affluent young, who saw a new car as a lifestyle statement as much as a means of transport, the Mustang could be a gentle town cruiser or an aggressive 130mph bruiser. The car was an instant success having sold over three quarters of a million cars by the end of 1965.
The secret to this success was a broad appeal that extended beyond the target market thanks to a great value-for-money package combining sporty looks, decent economy and brisk performance. Mustangs could be ordered in specifications ranging from six-cylinder ‘economy’ to V8-powered muscle and the almost endless options list means that it’s very rare to find two that are the same.
This Mk1 ‘Cruise O’Matic’ V8 Convertible left the Ford Metuchen Plant in February 1966 and is presented in its original vintage burgundy colour. Owned by one family for several decades, the car was subjected to a $30,000 restoration by Mid Country Mustang, Pennsylvania.
The brief for the work carried out was only to enhance the original aspects of the car and where possible maintain the patina – it even has the correct FoMoCo washer bottle. Since arriving in the UK with the current owner over ten years ago, the car has only been used in the dry and maintained fastidiously. Offered with a UK V5 and current MOT, along with an extensive history file; this is probably the most original and unmolested Mustang available on the market.