John Gilbert Staff Editor
March 7, 2016

Are you an early Mustang fan that’s into the icky-picky real interesting details of what is or isn’t factory, or period correct, but don’t have the big bucks it takes to buy a mint K-code car? Well then maybe an early production plain Jane 1964 ½ Mustang will ring your bell.

The shiny little Rangoon Red plain Jane pony featured here is Lot F64 on the docket for Mecum’s 2016 Kansas City, Missouri auction. The person offering this Mustang for sale really doesn’t have much to say about the car other than it’s an early production model with a three-speed transmission, correct factory components, and new correct reproduction parts.

And yes, that’s not a whole lot of information to go on so here’s a few tips on how to learn more about this car. Enlarge the engine photo enough to read the engine size sticker on the air cleaner and it reads 170. The 170-inch six-cylinder is the base model engine that came with standard equipped 1964 ½-1965 Mustangs identifiable by a V code in the VIN. From the standard engine the next choice is the optional 200-inch 6-cylinder identifiable as original equipment by a T in the VIN code.

In lieu of reading the VIN code popping the hubcaps off on an early Mustang and discovering 4 lug wheels instead of 5 lug wheels indicates it’s likely an original 6-cylinder car. Anyone in the market for an original early V8 powered Mustang should pay attention to the VIN code to ensure they’re not buying a six-cylinder car converted into an eight.

For more info, take an in-depth look at look at how to distinguish a very early 1964 ½ Ford Mustang from a 1965.

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