The new Ford Mustang was honored as the Indianapolis pace car in 1964, A special convertible top version was used as the pacer, with an additional 230 built for public consumption. These were available in either convertible and hard top. Ford gave away 195 of the 1964 1/2 hardtop Mustangs in dealer contests. The “64 ½” was technically a 1965 model, but because it was introduced April 17, 1964, it got its 64 ½ moniker. Six months later, a number of major changes were made when Ford launched the “late 1965” Mustang, as they came to be known.
Classic Mustangs & Shelby Mustangs
Ford’s General Manager, Lee Iacocca, commissioned his design team to create a two seat roadster that would compete with European cars as well as the popular Chevy Corvette Sting Ray. Under Iacocco’s guidance, stylist David Ash made the Ford Mustang a smashing success. Check out information on each classic Mustang and classic Shelby Mustang below.