The 1964 Ford Mustang

A 1960s Classic Car Icon

1964 1/2 Ford Mustang
Contrary to popular belief, the first model year for the Ford Mustang was 1965. Photo Courtesy of Classic Cars for Sale

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 1964 Mustang was considered an instant hit with consumers. In fact, there were 92,705 standard coupes produced that retailed at $2,320 apiece; 28,883 standard convertibles were made and cost $2,557 each.

The 1964 / 1965 Ford Mustang

Contrary to popular belief, the first model year for the Ford Mustang was 1965. No way, you say? Well, Mustangs produced between March 9th and July 31st of 1964 are often coined the 1964 1/2Ford Mustang by enthusiasts, but for all intents and purposes, the cars are 1965 models. This is why they are sometimes referred to as the1964 1/2 Ford Mustang

Initial production of the second round of Mustangs began on August 17th, 1964. Both the original production Mustangs and the second-run vehicles 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.

For instance, the 1964 ½ Mustang featured a generator charging system for the battery as well as a generator charge light. It also featured either a U-Code, F-Code, or D-Code engine. Additional highlights included 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.View a gallery of Mustangs here.

1964 1/2 Mustang Features

Some of the signature features in the 1964 1/2 Mustang include:

  • 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

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 between the 1964 and 1965 models is the front hood of the 1964 1/2 Mustang. The 1965 models, produced after July 31st, 1964, featured a rolled front edge. That differed from the 1964 ½ model which featured angled edges that are not folded.

The 1964 1/2 Mustangs have full wheel covers, a chrome grille with vertical bars and the famous running horse emblem. They also featured carpeting throughout. Front bucket seats were standard, with a front bench seat optional. Buyers also had the option of three-speed transmission, four-speed transmission or an automatic transmission.

Engine Offerings

Here are details on the engine of the1964 1/2 Ford Mustang:

  • 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

No doubt, 1964 1/2 Ford Mustangs are highly sought after by collectors. While technically not a true Ford model year, these cars are unique in their own right.

Vehicle Identification Number Decoder

Looking to decode what the VIN means on a Ford Mustang you find? Example 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)
  • F=Engine Code
  • 100001=Consecutive unit number

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