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VIN 00002 1965 Ford Mustang Hardtop Is For Sale

There is no better time than now to book your tickets for Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the most rare Mustang’s of all time is going on sale with no reserve at Barrett Jackson this week, so get your checkbook ready. Check out this 1965 Ford Mustang Hardtop for sale. It’s not just any 1965 Ford Mustang, because this Mustang wears the VIN 00002.

As we mentioned, this 1965 Ford Mustang is available with no reserve and is the very first Ford Pilot Plant/Pre-production Mustang hardtop in existence. According to Barrett Jackson, this ‘Stang was hand-assembled at the Ford Pilot Plant and is one of three known existing Pilot Plant Mustangs alive today. This numbers-matching Mustang has been restored to factory new specifications, and the only number we don’t know about the car is the price. We’re willing to bet it will have a few commas.

This 1965 Ford Mustang is powered by a 170 cubic-inch 6-cylinder engine paired to a 3-speed manual transmission. Included with the sale are two binders containing ownership and condition affidavits from all previous owners. Additionally, there are photos, statements and signatures from high-profile originators involved with the Mustang. Names include Lee Iacocca, Hal Sperlich, Don Frey, Gale Halderman and more. The information binders also include extensive documentation confirming the entire history of the car, and complete restoration documentation. A letter from Ford Motor Company confirming this Mustang as the first Mustang hardtop built is also included.

Lot number 1365 is the one to remember at Barrett Jackson. The auction will run January 12 to 20, so don’t miss out on the chance to have one of the most rare Ford Mustang’s in all of history. If this baby gets away, well, there’s not another one quite like it.

Austin is an automotive enthusiast from Buffalo, NY with a passion for speed. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his 2017 Toyota 86—with a manual transmission, of course!

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  1. CJ

    I’m trying to find my dads 1965 Ford Mustang hardtop. Any suggestions? I’ve been on google and done research. He bought it in Indiana in 1965 new. Manufactured in Dearborn Michigan. Since its before 1980 I have the old VIN so I’m not having luck on searches. Any advise would be helpful. Thank you

    1. Austin Rexinger

      Hmm… I’m not much of an expert on classics, but I’d say Google is your best friend. Also, try and find a local dealer that specializes in acquiring classics. They may have some suggestions for you.
      Someday I’ll be in the same boat as you. My dad had a 1967 green notchback ‘Stang that I would love to find and buy back for him. I was young when he had to sell it, and I’d love to see it back in the family.


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