Model: Mustang Shelby Convertible
Origin: San Jose, California
Production: 1965 – 1973 | 1,175 ('67)
Engine: 428 CU in. 7.0L Cobra Jet V8
The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker based out of Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Founded by Henry Ford in 1903, the Models A, B, C, F, K, N, R, and S were produced by 1908, most of which selling in the hundreds or few thousands a year. Later in 1908, the mass-produced Model T was introduced selling in the millions. In 1927, the Model A replaced the Model T and had the first safety glass in the windshield.
At the 1964 World’s Fair, Ford had exciting news; the first generation of the iconic “Mustang” brand was revealed. Ford desired an affordable, sleek style of compact car and with each revision increased its overall dimensions and engine power. The new model had been given five criteria requirements; it would seat four, bucket seats and a floor mounted shifter, weigh under 2,500 pounds and no more than 180 inches, sell for less than $2,500 and have multiple power, comfort and luxury options. The 1965 Mustang was Ford’s most successful launch since the Model T and Model A.
Introduced and manufactured five months before the start of the 1965 production year, the earliest Mustangs are offered referred to as the 1964 ½ model. However, all “1964 ½” cars would still be marked as the 1965 models. Favorable publicity including a 1964 cameo in the James Bond film Goldfinger helped propel early sales. When Ford wanted to sell the Mustang in Germany, they discovered the Krupp company had already registered the name for a truck. Krupp offered to sell the rights of the name for $10,000 but Ford refused. Instead, he used a T-5 name (Mustang project name) for the German market until the copyrights expired in 1979. The Mustang convertible would be the best-selling convertible in 1966, with 72,119 sold, beating the next in line Impala by almost double.