1964 Ford Mustang

The 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang was originally only projected to have less than 100,000 units for the first year, but in its first eighteen months, more than one million Mustangs were built.

Mustangs produced in the first six months were referred to as 1964 1/2 Mustangs even though all of the VINs began with a 5, which meant that the model year is 1965. The easiest way to visually tell a 1964 1/2 Mustang from a 1965 is that the front edge of the hood was roll under in 1965 and was not in 1964. You can also pick out 1964 3/4 cars by looking at the passenger side seat. If is has a seat track on it then its a later 1964 production car.

Engine Sizes and Specifications
170 Cubic Inch Six Cylinder
Producing 101 horsepower, the six cylinder was standard on the 1964 Mustang. It’s bore and stroke is 3.50×2.94 inches with an 8.7:1 compression ratio.

260 Cubic Inch V-8
Producing 164 horsepower, the 260 cubic inch V-8’s bore and stroke is 3.80×2.87 inches with an 9:1 compression ratio.

289 Cubic Inch V-8
The 289 is one of the most recognized Mustang engines, the other being the later 302. At 210 horsepower it is also the most powerful you could get in the 1964 Mustang. Bore and stroke of the 289 is 4.00×2.87 inches with a compression ratio of 9.3:1.

Color Choices
Customers were given many color choices. The were as follows:

  • Cascade Green
  • Caspian Blue
  • Chantilly Beige
  • Dynasty Green
  • Guardsman Blue
  • Pagoda Green
  • Phoenician Yellow
  • Poppy Red
  • Prairie Bronze
  • Rangoon Red
  • Raven Black
  • Silversmoke Gray
  • Skylight Blue
  • Sunlight Yellow
  • Twilight Turquoise
  • Vintage Burgundy
  • Wimbledon White

Production Numbers
When it was all said and done, there were a total of 121,538 Mustangs produced in mid 1964 with 28,833 being convertible and 92,705 being coupes.

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    Posted by on October 22, 2008