According to Mecum, the body of this 19641/2 Ford Mustang was produced at a pilot plant in Allen Park, Michigan before being shipped to Ford’s Dearborn facility for completion. It’s one of between 150 and 180 total pre-production cars built between February 10th and March 5th, 1964, which were made both to train Dearborn workers in assembling the new car, and to serve promotional purposes.
As a matter of fact, Ford Mustang No. 00002 was built early enough that it could be shipped by train to Brown Brothers Ford in western Canada, in order to appear in the showroom for the car’s official introduction on April 17th. That goal was never met, however, as somehow or another, the car was misrouted and landed at the wrong dealership – Whitehorse Motors in the Yukon Territory – about a month late.
The only pre-production Ford Mustang with an earlier serial number, No. 00001, is a convertible example. But then as today, Ford didn’t necessarily complete cars exactly in sequential order; there’s a possibility that the #00002 hardtop, with its 170-cubic-inch I6 and 3-speed manual transmission, was the first Ford Mustang ever built, although we’ll likely never know.
For more of Ford Mustang No. 00002’s fascinating backstory, and additional photographs of the car, head on over to the Mecum Auctions website.