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Lot 032: Ford Mustang Convertible

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

Just as the Aston Martin DB5 was immortalised by Sean Connery's James Bond, so the Ford Mustang achieved automotive nirvana in the hands of Steve McQueen's Lt Frank Bullitt, hurtling through the streets of San Francisco in the greatest car chase ever filmed. To be fair to the car though, it had already taken America by storm, selling over one million units within 18 months of its April 1964 launch, four years before Bullitt put the icing on what was already an irresistible cake. Although McQueen drove a modified fastback GT version, at first the Mustang was only available as a 'notchback' coupe or a convertible. Based around the chassis, suspension, and drivetrain of the Ford Falcon and Fairlane, it had a stiffer frame and wider track to give it the handling to match its sporting looks. A truly customisable car, it is often said that no two Mustangs are exactly alike as they were available in such a bewildering variety of versions  such as five different engines, six transmissions, three suspension packages, three brake systems and wheel sizes, plus many other performance and cosmetic options. Now in its fifth generation of development, the Mustang is still in production today, although the bloated modern version is a far cry from the simple purity of the original Sixties model. First registered in January 1965, this very early Convertible has the desirable 289cu in (4,727cc) 210bhp small-block V8 engine mated to a three-speed manual floor-shift gearbox. Finished in Signal Flame Red with contrasting white seats, red carpets and a white power-operated soft top, this car was imported to the UK in November 2011 and has only had one registered keeper since. The car had reputedly belonged to one Californian owner for the preceding 25 years, being restored to a very high standard during his ownership. The car remains in excellent condition throughout and is said to drive beautifully. It certainly fired up promptly and ran exceptionally well as we manoeuvred it to take these photos, with a notably sweet-sounding engine. Supplied with a current V5C and due to have a fresh MOT before the sale, this represents an opportunity to acquire a highly collectible, first-of-the-line example of this landmark model, in its most desirable soft-top configuration.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number032
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£17000
Year1965
Condition rating
Registration numberFKJ 472C
Mileage-
Chassis numberSR08A23614
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)4700
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors