December 18, 2012

Mustang I Concept

It was with interest that I read the November Pony Tales article about the Mustang I concept car that was unveiled in October 1962. I was at the Gran Prix in Watkins Glen, New York, and saw the car. It was then that I decided that if Ford ever put such a car in production, I would buy one. It was not until 1967 that I had the means to order one, which I still own today.

The day after the race, an article appeared in the local newspaper regarding the introduction. The last paragraph is Ford’s official statement regarding the car: “The Mustang will be used for evaluating public reaction to a sports car engineered and styled by American automotive practice.” I guess the rest is history.

Tom Kuebel
Rochester, NY

Mustang II Concept

I enjoyed the December 2012 article about the ’63 Mustang II prototype.  I am probably not the first one to notice how similar the front end resembles the nose of the ’67 Thunderbird. But if I am, do I get a prize?

Daryl Howard
Via the Internet

Well, let’s see, other than the fact that the ’67 Thunderbird front end used a full-width grille while the Mustang II prototype had a much smaller opening with headlights on each side, they look the same. OK, the shape is similar, but no prize.

Value Guide

Thanks to Jerry Heasley for the “reality check” on Mustang values (“’64½-’72 Mustang Value Guide,” December 2012 issue). Those of us who own vintage Mustangs (I have a stock ’65 convertible) and have put a lot of “sweat equity” and passion into maintaining/restoring our rides sometimes see more value than the market does. I look forward to these periodic value updates. It really works as a reminder that I’m not done yet and helps prioritize my goals for what’s next. That’s what Mustang enthusiasm is all about.

Larry Prescott
Marietta, GA

I just received the December issue and noticed there are no ’70 Mach 1s listed in the Value Guide. What’s up with that?

Bill Wirkus
Via the Internet

Jerry Heasley made some excuse about the Excel file eating parts of his Word document, but the fact of the matter is that we all missed the missing ’70 Machs. Here are the values by condition:

Radio Resto The restoration is almost complete on my ’68 GT fastback. However, the original AM/FM radio does not work. My question is, do you have a list of companies that can repair these old units?

Ed Blackwelder
Bridgewater, NJ

We’ve personally used Ward’s Classic Car Radio Repair in Huntsville, Alabama (256/852-8955; and were very pleased with their quality of work and service. The push buttons on our original ’66 AM radio now work smooth as butter.

DSO Info

I have some additional info regarding DSO 89, per Robert Simon’s letter in the November 2012 Pony Express column. The window sticker line that reads “180-L-082 A Hamilton” means the car was a management lease ordered by A. Hamilton of Ford Motor Company. The “180-L-082” refers to as the tag number, the L identifying it as a lease car. Pool cars were tagged xxx-P-xxx and test cars were xxx-T-xxx. (My tag number during this time frame was 080-L-062).

Karl Borneman
Via the Internet


Body Style Engine #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
Mach 1 351-2V 31,000 22,700 18,600 12,400 8,300
Mach 1 351-4V 35,000 25,000 20,500 13,500 9,000
Mach 1 428 CJ 48,000 37,000 31,000 20,600 13,800

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