1964 Ford Mustang

    1964 Ford Mustang

    Racking up sales of 22,000 units the first day it was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964, the Mustang was an instant hit. It also broke the mold for it was from this model that the term "pony car" was derived to describe a new breed of sporty "compacts."

    Coming with long hoods and short rear decks, the Mustang had its imitators and competitors both domestic and foreign: GM's Chevrolet Camaro, AMC's Javelin, Plymouth Barracuda, Dodge Challenger, Toyota Celica and Ford Capri.

    Credited to Lee Iacocca, at that time Ford's vice president, this inexpensive sports car for the masses had an enviable million sales its first two years. The pony car class that the Ford Mustang helped create is the only class of muscle car that still exists today.

    A cream 1964 Ford Mustang

    The Mustang above is similar to the Goldfinger Mustang

    Mustang fans know that the first Mustang was a Falcon stretched a couple of inches. Ford decided to use as many existing mechanical parts as possible to lower production costs. The buyer was given a multitude of options to customize his purchase thereby generating extra profits for Ford. Mustangs were offered with the option of V8 (289cid) or six-cylinder engines; eights outsold sixes two-to-one in 1964-1968. Customer could thus buy the car just for its good looks, and make do with 100 bhp, or order more power with 400 bhp and enjoy real sports car performance.

    Push-button radio and antenna were all part of the options list. For model year 1965, power front disc brakes were a new option. The first Mustangs shared their instrument layout with Ford Falcons, the difference being that Mustangs came with padded dash. The plastic interior was a little tacky but at the suggested retail price of US$2,368, no one was going to complain. And anyway, customers could personalize their interiors with a myriad of decor option packages.

    Any Mustang made before September 1964 were considered 1964 1/2, dubbed as a "1964½" model by Mustang fans.

    1964 Ford Mustang Convertible

    1964 Ford Mustang Specs

    Production  2,077,826   (Model Years 1964-1968)

    Body Styles  Two-door, four-seat hardtop, fastback, convertible.

    Construction  Unitary chassis/body.

    Engines  Six-cylinder 170cid to 428cid V8.

    Power Output  195-250 bhp at 4000-48000 rpm or 271 bhp at 6000rpm (289cid).

    Transmission  Three- or four-speed manual or three-speed automatic.

    Suspension  Front: independent coil springs and wishbones; Rear: semielliptical leaf springs.

    Brakes  Front and rear drums. Discs optional at front.

    Maximum Speed  110-127 mph

    0-60 mph  6.1 sec (289 cid)

    0-100 mph  19.7 sec

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