First Hardtop Mustang Ever Built Headed To Barrett-Jackson

The very first pre-production Mustang with a hardtop is being auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona this January without reserve. This is a 1965 Mustang in Caspian Blue with the VIN number ending in 00002. The very first Mustang built was a white convertible with VIN 00001 and is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. According to the listing, this car was hand-assembled at the Ford Pilot Plant and is “one of three known existing Pilot Plant Mustangs to survive.” It’s a numbers-matching car and is powered by a 170-cubic-inch inline six shifted by a 3-speed manual transmission. Included with the sale of the car is a pair of binders containing ownership information. This includes condition affidavits from every previous owner of the car. It also features photos, statements, and signatures from some of the prominent pioneers of the Mustang world such as Lee Iacocca, Hal Sperlich, Don Frey, Gale Halderman, etc. The entire history of the car was also documented including photographic, slide, and video documentation of the restoration, and a letter from Ford Motor Company that confirms its history as the number two car. This specific car is also featured in video shoots for the upcoming full-length movie called “Ford v. Ferrari” that documents the true story and battle between the two to win Le Mans in 1966. This 20th Century Fox film features Matt Damon (starring as Carroll Shelby) alongside Christian Bale, and is scheduled to come out in the summer of 2019. A nationally known Mustang historian and author has decided to sell the car after 20 years of ownership. We are curious to see how much this ole gal will go for at auction without reserve. We are guessing that she might sell for a pretty penny.

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