|Every Classic Car enthusiast is familiar with the history of the Ford Mustang. It began back in 1961, with a vision by Ford boss Lee Iococca and product planner Donald Frey of a performance car that would seat four people, have bucket seats and a floor shifter, not exceed 180 inches in length, weigh less than 2500 pounds, and sell for less than $2,500. This was in response to the invasion of the European sports cars, most notably the British models. The target market was the Baby Boomer generation, which were just entering the car market.
The first prototype was a two seater that was considered too futuristic for mass appeal. In 1963, the second prototype, the Mustang II was produced, radically different from the first and beginning to resemble the production model. In an effort to keep production costs down, many main components were borrowed from the Falcon. This use of common components would shorten the learning curve on the assembly line and at dealer service centers, and keep spare parts inventories low. The design was under the direction of Project Design Chief Joe Oros and his team.
The first day of scheduled production was March 9, 1964. Iococca and his marketing team devised an ingenious marketing campaign. The evening of April 16, a sixty second commercial was launched on all three major television networks, enticing the public to flock to the dealer showrooms on April 17, the first day of availability. In addition, the Mustang was simultaneously introduced at an exhibit at the New York World's Fair. As a bonus, Iococca secured duty as pace car for the Indianapolis 500 to the list of Mustang marketing venues. Iococca realized that the success of the Mustang depended on volume sales, and mass marketing translated into volume sales.
Of course, the Mustang launch was an overwhelming success. The first day of sales, 22,000 units were sold. 400,000 were sold in the first twelve months, and over a million were sold in the first two years. Now in the 47th year, production has surpassed nine million units, and is soaring towards ten million. The Mustang is the third oldest nameplate in Ford history, surpassed only by the F Series truck and the Falcon (Which is still produced in Australia).
The success of the Mustang led to the development of many hybrid models, created by both Ford and outsourced companies in conjunction with Ford. Possibly the rarest of these hybrids was the Mustero, the fusion of a Mustang and a Ranchero. In 1965/1966, Ford authorized Beverly Hills Mustang LTD., in California, to produce approximately 50 of these mini Mustang pickups. Many of these were exported to Europe, where they still exist today. The following link from the public domain of the internet is a great informational only site concerning European owners of the Musteros and other hybrids- LINK
Beverly Hills Mustang was authorized to alter body parts, engines, transmissions, exhaust, etc. in the creation of these vehicles.
The conversion cost added approximately $6,500 to the vehicle price, making the Mustero as expensive as the Shelby Cobra at the time. The conversion began with the removal of the rear seat and roof section just forward of the rear seat. The rear window section was reattached to the roofline. Custom made lexan windows were installed in the doors, due to the altered roof line. After final bodywork, the vehicles were refinished in factory colors. Final interior and mechanical alterations were then performed. The end result was one of the most rare and unique Mustang derivatives ever created.
In addition to the photos below, there is a complete file of photos of this vehicle from the public domain. Click on this link to view them: LINK
This unusual beauty underwent a complete restoration in the eighties. Indoor storage, meticulous maintenance, and very low miles since restoration completion have preserved a fresh appearance. A collector owned this vehicle for approximately 25 years, and it was sold by the estate when he passed away.
Refinished in factory Raven Black. Paint quality is very good. Recently buffed to a mirror gloss. Original color was Vintage Burgundy Metallic. Front/rear glass and Lexan side windows in very good shape. All chrome, stainless, and brightwork in good shape. New rear bumpers. Has rare GT light bar, with Amber light behind the horse ornament. Deluxe steel wheels with Uniroyal Tiger Paw GT tires. Aftermarket sunroof has been installed, but it was a professional installation. Rear tonneau cover shows a little aging, but still in good condition.
Deluxe Red/Black Pony interior. Seats, dash, door panels, etc. are in excellent condition. Bucket seats with full console. Floor shift. Woodgrain wheel and dash inserts. AM/FM/Cassette.
C code 289 Cu. In. engine. Autolite two barrel carburetor still on the engine. Three speed manual transmission. Transmission operates and shifts smoothly. As typical of these transmissions, there is a slight whine when driving down the road. Engine operates as it should. Vehicle runs and drives well. Manual steering. Manual brakes. In addition to original door tag, original buck tag is still under the hood, along with correct alternate VIN on inner fender.
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