• Blank-canvas restoration project • The original American ‘muscle car’ • 4.7-litre V8 engine • 4-speed ‘toploader’ transmission • £7k+ parts supplied
The first version of the Ford Mustang made its formal debut at the US Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York on October 7, 1962, where test driver and contemporary race driver Dan Gurney lapped the track in a demonstration using the second "race" prototype. His lap times were only slightly off the pace of the F1 race cars.
The first production Mustang rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan in March 1964 and was introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair on 17th April 1964. Originally based on the humble Ford Falcon, and sharing many of the same components, the car was available in body styles including a two-door hardtop and convertible, with a “2+2” fastback added later.
It was, and remains, one of the most successful car launches in automotive history, with 318,000 cars sold in the first model year, and Mustang sales passed the million mark within eighteen months. The name is still in use today, and is Ford’s longest-serving – in August 2018 Ford produced the 10-millionth example.
The car’s VIN number (5F07C250301) can be used to ascertain that it was manufactured in Dearborn, Michigan in 1965 (although 1964-built cars are also designated as 1965) and was supplied with the 289cu.in (4.7-litre) V8 engine. The V5 records the date of first registration as 1st Jan 1965.
The vendor understands that the car was initially sold to a customer in New York, but at some point ended up in Florida, from where it was imported into the UK in September 2021.
The vendor bought the car shortly after its arrival in the UK. He intended to completely restore the car and to this end ordered many replacement parts, with invoices for these totalling more than £7000 (see invoices in the photo gallery). Since then, he has bought a property and this has had to become the focus of his time and money, so he has reluctantly decided to sell the car.
The car comes with a V5 and with the Title Reassignment Deed from the state of Florida, as well as receipts for all of the replacement parts. As an historic vehicle, JWE 643 C is MoT- and tax-exempt.
It’s clear at first glance that the car is in need of a major restoration. Closer examination reveals that it’s fundamentally structurally sound but will need some thorough work. The body was originally red and has been resprayed in grey primer, but the whole thing will need to be taken back to bare metal and rust issues dealt with. The car has been fitted with a custom-made carbon-fibre bonnet that is in excellent condition but will need repainting.
The windscreen is cracked but the vendor has a replacement that will be supplied with the car – see pictures. The headlights, rear lights, indicators and door and boot locks are all missing but again the vendor has bought replacements.
All the wheels look to be in good condition – the hub caps have been stored separately (see pictures). The tyres look to be pretty good, although they are clearly a few years old. Underneath, everything appears to be essentially sound. New shock absorbers are among the parts already purchased.
Again, the car’s interior looks to be in poor condition, but the vendor is aware of everything that needs to be addressed and has purchased many of the required parts. He has new leather for both front seats, but the rear seat is in pretty good condition and should clean up well. The floor has been patch-welded in the past but the owner has bought new panels for this which will need to be fitted.
The dashboard and switchgear aren’t great but again most of the necessary replacement parts are included, still in their packaging. New carpets have been purchased and are ready and waiting to be fitted when the car has been restored.
The driver’s door panel in particular is in poor condition, but these are readily available, and the vendor has bought new interior door handles.
In the boot, there is a brand-new fuel tank but this has only been put in place to fill the hole left by the previous one, and is not connected.
At the time of our visit, the vendor had removed the old fuel tank and had not properly installed the new one, so the car was not in running order. He does, though, have a video of the engine running before he commenced the restoration work. This would seem to demonstrate that it runs well, with a healthy tone.
The car was purchased on the understanding that it had three-speed transmission, but the vendor was pleased to discover that it does in fact have the (more desirable) four-speed ‘Toploader’ version, renowned for its performance and durability.
The car has a new battery, new headcovers and a new air-cleaner cover. The engine bay is in similar condition to the rest of the car, with some evidence of where the vendor has commenced restoration work. A new radiator is supplied with the car.
As the engine doesn’t run, we are not able to verify whether anything else works as it should, but it’s a fair guess that most things need attention. The Pioneer radio/cassette is clearly a later addition and looks to be at the end its life, and looks out-of-place anyway.
The Ford Mustang is a legendary American muscle-car and early examples remain sought-after. JWE 643 C offers a new owner the chance to rebuild and restore the car to his or her own taste.
The car and all of the new replacement parts are included in the sale, and just about all of the parts are still in their packaging. The widespread availability of Mustang parts and materials make this car a realistic and achievable restoration project, albeit one that will require a considerable investment of time and effort.
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