The rare Mustang will feature in the upcoming Ford v. Ferrari film starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale.
This summer, the ten millionth Ford Mustang rolled off the production line. The commemorative car was finished in Wimbledon White as a homage to the first ever pre-production Mustang convertible. Now, an opportunity has emerged to own the first pre-production 1965 Ford Mustang hardtop.
The coupe was hand-assembled in Michigan and is one of three known surviving Pilot Plant Mustangs. According to the auction listing, this special Mustang has been restored to its original condition, with all major components having matching numbers. It’s powered by a 170 cu. in. 6-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission, which would have originally developed 105 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. That makes it rather underpowered compared to the V8 model – the most powerful version was sold with a 289 cu. in. Windsor HiPo V8 that generated 271 hp and 312 lb-ft of torque.
The pre-production Mustang also comes with plenty of documentation including “ownership and condition affidavits from all previous owners, along with photos, statements and signatures from high-profile originators of the Mustang, including Lee Iacocca, Hal Sperlich, Don Frey, Gale Halderman and others.”
Photographs and video documentation of the restoration are also included along with a letter from Ford confirming the car is the first Mustang hardtop.
If that didn’t already make this car extremely desirable for Mustang collectors, it’s also made several TV and movie appearances and will feature in the upcoming Ford v. Ferrari feature-length film next summer starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. The rare Mustang will go under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona this January. No estimates have been provided but there’s no reserve, so it will no doubt sell for a considerable sum.