The first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line on March 9, 1964. On April 17, 1964, the Mustang was introduced to the public at the World’s Fair in New York. Before the day was over, Ford had secured 22,000 orders for the vehicle at dealerships across the country. As such, the Mustang was considered an instant hit with consumers.
Contrary to popular belief, the first model year for the Ford Mustang was 1965. Mustangs produced between March 9th and July 31st of 1964 are often coined the 1964 ½ Ford Mustang by enthusiasts. Initial production of the second round of Mustangs began on August 17th, 1964. Both the original production Mustangs and the second run are technically considered 1965 Mustangs by Ford. That’s not to say there aren’t differences between the two. The first Mustangs produced feature unique characteristics that set them apart from those produced after July 31st, 1964.
Production Stats1964 1/2 Ford Mustang
Standard Coupe: 92,705 units
Standard Convertible: 28,883 units
Total Production: 121,538 units
Retail Price: $2,320 Standard Coupe
Retail Price: $2,557 Standard Convertible
- Horizontal Speedometer Layout Similar to Ford Falcon
- U-Code, F-Code, or D-Code engine
- Generator for Charging Battery
- Large horns mounted on Frame Behind Radiator
For instance, the 1964 ½ Mustang features a generator charging system for the battery as well as a generator charge light. It also features either a U-Code, F-Code, or D-Code engine. Additional highlights include a horizontal speedometer layout (also found on 1965s), similar to the one on the Ford Falcon. The Mustang was, after all, based on the Ford Falcon. Thus, the early models carried over some of these features.
Other features of a true 1964 ½ Ford Mustang include a brake-light pressure switch on the master cylinder as well as large horns mounted on the frame of the vehicle behind the radiator.
Another difference is the front hood of the 1964 1/2 Mustang. The 1965 models, produced after July 31st, 1964, feature a rolled front edge, unlike the 1964 ½ model which features angled edges that are not folded.
The 1964 1/2 Mustangs feature full wheel covers, a chrome grille with vertical bars, and the famous running horse emblem. They also feature carpeting throughout. Front bucket seats were standard, with a front bench seat optional. Buyers had the option of 3-speed, 4-speed, or an automatic transmission.
- Engine Code U: 170 cubic inch V-6 engine @ 101hp
- Engine Code F: 260 cubic inch V-8 engine @ 164hp
- Engine Code D: 289 cubic inch V-8 engine @ 210hp
Vehicle Identification Number DecoderExample VIN #5F07F100001
5=Last digit of Model Year (1965)
F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)
08=Body Code (07-coupe, 08-convertible)
100001=Consecutive unit number
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