No Reserve: 1964½ Ford Mustang Convertible

The 1st Generation Mustang is a car that has been ripe for modification since the day that the first example rolled off a showroom floor. The paths that owners chose to follow went from the mild to the wild. The owner of this 1964½ Mustang Convertible has followed the milder route, with many of the changes designed to improve performance and comfort while ensuring that this classic remained easy to live with on a daily basis. With the work now complete, he has made the tough decision to part with the Convertible. Located in Simi Valley, California, you will find the fabulous Ford listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has reached $37,000 in a No Reserve auction.

Rangoon Red is a striking color, and when you combine it on a Mustang Convertible with a White power top and matching stripes, it will always create a car that turns heads. It isn’t clear whether this is the Mustang’s original shade, or whether it has received a color change in the past. If the latter is the case, I wouldn’t be surprised. The owner has made quite a few modifications to tailor the car to his personal taste. Therefore, a color change is a possibility. The paint shines beautifully, with no signs of any significant flaws. The panels are equally as impressive, and the gaps are as tight as you are ever likely to find on a ’64½ Mustang. The trim is spotless, while the same is true of the wheels. The wheels were added by the owner during the build process, as were the GT fog lights. Below decks, the news is just as positive. The floors and frame are spotlessly clean, with no evidence of patches or the application of any products that may be used to disguise potential problems. A life in California has undoubtedly helped the car’s cause, and it all means that this is a Mustang with no paint or rust repair needs.

The owner says that this Mustang is a genuine F-Code 1964½ model, which means that the engine bay would originally have been home to a 260ci V8. That would have delivered 164hp, which was pretty reasonable at that time. The Mustang has undergone plenty of mechanical changes, so whether it was or wasn’t an F-Code car when new is probably irrelevant. The 260 has made way for a 302ci V8 that is backed by a 3-speed automatic transmission. The owner had this engine professionally built, but its specifications are unclear. One thing is certain: the buyer will have a lot more than 164hp at their disposal. It seems that creating a comfortable and competent cruiser was foremost in the owner’s mind when he embarked on this build. To that end, he decided to add power steering and power front disc brakes to the mix. The owner refers to the vehicle as an everyday driver, which suggests that he has achieved his aim and that the buyer will benefit from a classic that is a turn-key proposition.

The changes continue when we take a look inside the Mustang. The original interior trim has gone the way of the dodo, and the owner has fitted pony trim in red and white. This not only ties together the color scheme across the entire car, but it looks incredibly nice. There is nothing for the buyer to do but to slip behind the wheel and soak it all in as they cruise down the road. It features a couple of more modern touches, including a modern console addition and a CD player with a subwoofer in the trunk. If the Mustang doesn’t get attention with its appearance and presentation, winding up the volume on the CD player should do the trick.

Purists will not be happy with the changes that the owner has made to this 1964½ Mustang Convertible, and I can understand their sentiment. I generally prefer my classics unmolested, but I am willing to make an exception with this one. The modifications that the owner has made come under the tried-and-true heading, and when combined, should make this Mustang a great car to own and drive. It has attracted significant interest since being listed for sale, so are you willing to join the bidding war, or would you rather make the owner an offer that he can’t refuse?


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  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    I too am willing to make an exception on this car. Everything to make it a better driver but still sticking to the original design of the car by Ford. I am not showing this car to my wife….

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  2. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    The red/white theme, inside and out, gives this Mustang a striking and attention-grabbing look. I’m also fine with the modifications, it’s not like this is the last first gen convertible out there. Someone is going to have loads of summertime fun with it.

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  3. Steve R

    This is the same seller that has the 1969 Fairlane wagon featured on this site the other day. He has a knack for finding really nice cars, takes the right pictures and writes clear and concise adds. It’s no wonder bidding is brisk. He’s one of the resellers I watch.

    Steve R

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  4. TimM

    Stunning looking car!! I would have put a four speed in it if I went the route of changing the motor!! That’s just me though!!

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