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64½ INDY 500 PACE CAR 

There were three identical actual Pace Cars , 1 to pace the race and 2 back-up cars. Unknown if any still exist today

Details: Convertible 289 V8 K-codes with beefed up suspension and painted with a "special" white code C paint. All three cars had blue stripes and door decals.



There were 225 replica pace cars produced both converible and hardtop. The hardtop replica cars were given to dealers who won a Checker Flag contest or discounted to dealers who won the Green Flag contest. The convertibles were returned to Ford and sold to dealers who offered the highest bid.

Details: All the replicas had special Indy 500 graphics on the doors and blue stripes made by 3M. 35 convertibles with 289 V8 D-code (auto and/or 4-speeds with P/S) with the wimbeldon white paint and either a red or white with blue interiors. 190 Pace car replicas were hardtop with F-260 V-8 engine and automatic transmissions. The hardtops were painted with the "special" white paint (code C).



Twelve 1964-1/2 wimbledon white convertibles with red interiors, which were equipped with 260 V8, auto and front and rear seat belts, were used on the revolving line at the 1964 World's Fair. After the fair, in November 1964, they were returned to Detroit for resale. Only one is known in existence.  

Details: 260 V8, white convertibles with red interiors, front and rear seat belts, The DSO for all of these vehicles was 840027



It is believed that less than 50 of these cars were produced, all being hardtops. These were offered to promote Ford's one millionth mustang produced in March of 1966.  It is thought that the Mustang was part of a dealers sales competition, and only one '66 Anniversary Gold Mustang was distributed to each of Ford's sales districts.

Details: All were built at the San Jose plant and contained the DSO of 331111 and have the same build date of March 29. All were painted with the special gold color, and had deluxe black pony interior



The limited edition sprint 200 was promoted due to the fact that Ford began to run short of 289 cui v-8 engines. Ford was far from running short on the newly re-designed 200 cui 6 cylinder engines from the Falcon, so as a direct result they came with a promotion to avoid a v8 car production slowdown.

Details:chrome air cleaner with a special decal and a chrome oil-filler cap.  Two transmission packages were offered; "A" signified the car having a manual transmission, while "B" cars had automatics. It is estimated that of the total number of Sprint 200 Mustangs built in the 1966 model year that 75% of them were package "B" automatics.  Further enhancements would be made both in the interior as well as the exterior with the interior center console with courtesy lights, side accent paint stripe (color matched with the car's interior), and the deluxe wire-style wheel covers. The package was sold mostly under the guise of three distinct promotions, offered only as "Limited Edition" Mustangs. A number of convertibles and fastbacks were offered under these promotions as well, but it seems as though their availability was never advertised. While most Mustangs with the Sprint 200 label were primarily sold in the early months of 1966, some were built as early as November 1965 and some as late as August of 1966.



According to Kevin Marti, 353 where build.



Special promotional Mustang, produced to commemorate the Mountainous areas of the Rockies. These were sold through dealerships in Colorado and had special badges. These were the first cars in a line of limited edition (besides the Shelby’s) classic Mustangs used to further enhance the interest in their pony car. In fact, only 333 were made, approximately 39 Convertibles, 20 Fastbacks 2+2 and 274 Hardtops! Calculations are based on the fact that Ford produced 607,568 Mustangs in 1966 82.25% Coupes, 5.88% Fastbacks and 11.87% Convertibles. 

Details: ONLY Columbine Blue, Aspen Gold, or Timberline Green, and can only have been produced in the San Jose plant, have a six digit DSO code (51 02??) and the date code 15G (July 15). Each of the 100 or so dealerships in the Denver DSO (District Sales Office) region was free to position the badge wherever they wished, and surviving exam ples of these rare ponies have been seen with the badges mounted directly above the running horse emblem, above and to the left of the horse, and centered directly over the, “MUSTANG script” on the fender, wire wheel covers were optional, and the 1966 High Country Specials came with a equipped with a variety of standard and optional drivetrains. 



The Ski Country Special was a region specific, dealer promotional package available in the winter of 1967 and was not limited to the Mustang line.

Details: ski rack, "coffee bar" (luggage rack), a limited slip axle, a unique emblem and two snow tires. The SCS package also included five new colors: "Vail Blue", "Aspen Red", "Winter Park Turquoise", "Loveland Green" and "Breckenridge Yellow".



Built for promotional reasons for the Mainway Ford Dealership, based out of Toronto Canada. During the middle of 1967 exclusively sold by Mainway Ford.

Details: Standard with the 320hp 390cu engine, in GT-version. Optional engines for the Stallion were a 410 horsepower 390cu and a 550hp 427 engine. Some are believed to also be built with a 289 Hi-PO engine. 4-Speed manual transmission or a C6 automatic transmission.Stallion emblems, rear cougar tailights, and unique vinyl side treament, tachometer, console with radio, Deluxe steering wheel and seat belts as well as a rear fold-down seat with wooven seat covers.only 8 Stallions were produced, 4 of them containing the 289 Hi-PO and the other four having a 390 from the factory. 



The Branded Special was simply a kit distributed to Ford dealers across the country to help the sale of the occasional Mustang on a used car lot.  The Branded Special isn't considered to be a "District Special," but rather simply a "Special Mustang." 

Details: Black floral pattern vinyl top, red or gold side stripes and emblems on the side of the roof that contained a lasso with a horse running across it with the word "Branded" above it.  These kits were to be placed on the used Mustang, which was to be sold at a "special" price.  Both the emblems and the vinyl roof kit have Ford part numbers.



Several four-wheel drive Mustang models (‘65 and ‘69) were built by the english specialist Ferguson 

Details: At least 6 four-wheel drive Mustangs (2 ‘65 and 4 69 models) were built



The '67 Blue Bonnet special hardtops were based off of the '67 Sprint mustangs, and additionally they were painted "Blue Bonnet" blue and came with standard blue interior.

Details: Unique Texas shaped fender medallions with "Lone Star Limited" printed on them, along with a running horse. These cars were sold throughout the Dallas Sales District and had a six digit DSO code beginning with 61.



The '67 Sports Sprint was produced to spark new sales in the Spring time. It was available in all three body styles.The ads for the Sports Sprint state "Get a 1968 Mustang at 1967 Prices."

Details: Louvered hood, full wheel covers, the exterior appearance package, a chrome air cleaner lid with a "Sports Sprint" decal and the newly available colors debuting in '67.



Not much is known about the 1967 Indy Pacesetter Special. It did not officially participate in the Indy 500. 

Details: Hardtop with brief double stripes over the door as well as the appropriate signature on the selector level. It was sold only by the Indianapolis District Sales Office in the month of May, also the same month the Indy 500 takes 





Car and Driver magazine did a comparison road test with a ’68 Z/28 Camaro and a ’68 tunnel port Mustang. This Ford even had a factory sticker price of $3,719.69. It ran 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds and the standing quarter-mile in 13.96 at 106.13 mph.

Details: 8-Barrel intake manifold , 2 pair of 540-cfm holleys, pushrods ran inside tubes inside the ports, large intake ports. 1968 Tunnel Port 302 Cylinder Head Casting number is C8FE-6090-A



During the 1968 model run, the California Western region Ford Dealers offered a limited production Mustang which was based on the Shelby Mustang GT that was planned to be built, but was never actually produced. The California Special sprout from these cancelled Shelby GT plans. The California Special was a base model Hardtop mustang with some added body components and mid-body striping. The GT/CS's were built only out of the San Jose, California plant.There were a total of 4,118 GT/CS mustangs produced in 1968.

Details: Interior Decor Trim and Exterior Decor Trim package. Also on the exterior was a "ducktail" spoiler, 1965 Thunderbird tail lights, and a mid-body tape stripe. Exterior stripe colors included white, metallic blue, red, and black. The GT/CS also featured a blacked out grill including two rectangular fog lamps and no running pony. Also featured was a functional louvered hood, simulated side air scoops, and a pop-open gas cap. Engines, transmissions, and rear axle options were the same as with any other standard mustang. 


T-5 ('67-'81)

Ford sold the Mustang in Germany under its original project name T-5 (from '67 till '81.)

Details: Often very unique big front turn indicator lenses in place of the driving lights. These are not typical for a T5, however sometimes requested by the dealer's local approval authority.

Details: Most of these vehicles have a DSO code 90 through 99.T-5 emblems instead of Mustang emblems on the fender and dash (passenger side). T-5's sold to German civilians as well as to other European countries had a km/h tach, while some US Army staffs T-5's might have had a mph-tach. '65/'66 data unknown (The magazine Hobby stated in its October 66 issue that from the sales start in 64 up to April 66 2500 Mustangs had been sold to Germans and 1000 to swiss people, but this might have been also a Ford promotion figure to hide correct sales figures, which were not really good.) , '67 - 453 Hardtops 154 Fastbacks 151 Convertibles, '68 - 286 Hardtops 109 Fastbacks 85 Convertibles,  '69 - 219 hardtops 173 Fastbacks 94 Convertibles, '70 - 175 Hardtops 134 Fastbacks 59 Convertibles, '71 - 193 Hardtops 277 Fastbacks 77 Convertibles, '72 - 172 Hardtops 230 Fastbacks 50 Convertibles, '73 - 148 Hardtops 299 Fastbacks 84 Convertibles.


Limited Quantity California Mod Mustang sold by Shelton Ford in Bethesda Maryland.

Details: "vivid" Vinyl top, body stripes from a High Country /California Special with deluxe wheel covers


Not a lot is known about the '68 Sunshine Special. A coupe of facts are that it was sold out of the Florida Ford Sales region and was painted any color you desired - as long as it was a shade of yellow and the car was a convertible. No data or facts are known of or are still resisting today. Was this car really sold and or did it exist ?


The Golden Nugget Special Mustang was sold out of the Seattle District Sales office in 1968.

Details: sunlit yellow mustangs which featured unique golden plaques on the dashboard with the original owner's name engraved. The Golden Nugget Specials only totaled 525, and featured the special yellow paint along with the louvered hood and black stripes. All of the GNS Mustangs feature the DSO (74) along with the four digits 1111 and the color code (Y).


Because Ford's wanting to boost sales in 1968, they introduced the "Sprint" packages. If you were to buy a Sprint Mustang, you had two different packages to choose from, Sprint package "A" and Sprint package "B."


Package "A" of the Sprint included: The option of six or eight-cylinder engine, C-shaped side striping,wheel lip moldings,full wheel covers,pop-open gas cap.

Sprint package "B" consisted of: Only the option of an eight-cylinder engine,C-shaped side striping,wheel lip moldings,pop-open gas cap,argent painted styled steel wheels w/ E70 wide oval white sidewall tires.

The tu-tone black striped hood, interior decor group, and hardtop vinyl roof could be ordered with both of the packages. 25,012 Sprint package "A's" were produced, and 15,106 Sprint package "B's" were produced in 1968. 


The Cardinal Special,or Edition as it was called,was a Virginia Ford Dealers Special and will have a DSO Code of 25 (Richmond, VA).

Details: candy apple red paint, black vinyl interior,C stripe package trim,pop open gas lid,clear fog lamps in the grill (not the amber  ones like the GT has),slotted wheels,plain caps & trim rings,(not the GT caps),console,special interior light package,289 engine with a 2 barrel carb.And the most important identifying item on the car, the  clear plastic gold background with the red Cardinals head on it medallion on the sail pillars.



In the first four months of 1968, cars in certain colors for certain specific months were promoted by Ford's Denver Sales District. The specific colors corresponded with hollydays in those months.

Details: January was Black Hills Gold, February (Valentine's Day) was Passionate Pink, March (St. Patrick's Day) was Emerald Green, April's color was Eastertime Coral also  other Special Order Paints seem to have existed. These "Passionate Pink" cars are sometimes misunderstood to be Playboy Pink or Playmate Pink. It is estimated that only ten of these cars were built. On these cars, as well as other cars with "Color of the Month" colors, the paint code was left blank


Mentioned in a book by the name of "The Complete Book of Mustang" copyrighted 1989 Published by Beekman House NY.NY. 

No further data known.


The Mustang E was produced in 1969 for those looking for more of an economic friendly Mustang. With it's 250ci six-cylinder engine, the Mustang E fit those who desired high mpg.

Details: High stall torque converter for the standard automatic transmission,low 2:33:1 rear axle ratio. These Mustangs were identified by the lettering on their rear quarters.


In May of 1969, the Philadelphia sales district developed the Limited Edition 600 for promotional reasons and were then delivered to Morgan Ford, now Medford Ford, in Medford, New Jersey where there fender emblems would be placed on.The Philadelphia sales district promoted the 600 through special newspaper ads, calling attention to the car's available custom colors and limited production.

Details: Hardtop or sportsroof, "Flower Power Red" or "Groovy Green",hood scoop, remote, chrome mirror, AM radio, full wheel covers, whitewalls, tape stripes and unique fender emblems. Only some of the hardtops were produced with vinyl roofs. The sales goal was set at 600, but only 503 Limited Edition 600 Mustangs were produced, at least one being a Mach 1. Buid on either April 21st or 22nd. It is thought that 15-20% were ordered in Groovy Green, and it is known that 87 Flower Power Red 600's were ordered in off standard equipment order 2784. All can be identified with their color code and DSO of 16 and the 2783 through 2788 number on their door data plate. Most were powered by a six-cylinder engine, the largest available engine was the 351-2V.


One quarter Shelby, one quarter Boss 429, one quarter Mustang, and one quarter Cougar. Kar Kraft built this big-block Mustang as a proposed replacement for both the Shelby and Boss 429. Interestingly, Ford's proposal for the car came in September 1969, around the same time Henry Ford II fired Bunkie Knudsen, the Ford president who supported the Boss 429 program. Prior to Bunkie's firing, there had been talk about a possible '71 Boss 429. Even though Knudsen was gone, Ford continued with the horsepower theme to sell Mustangs, so the Quarter Horse was explored because the Shelby was soon dropped (November) along with the Boss 429 (January).
Officially, the Quarter Horse was known as the "Composite Mustang" because it used parts and pieces from cars already in the Ford lineup.

Details: A chassis from a Boss 429, a dash of Cougar XR-7, the fiberglass fenders and hood from the '69-'70 Shelby, and the fastback body and interior of a Mustang. To make it different from the Shelby, the Ford production studio, still headed by Larry Shinoda, placed a large Mustang running horse in the center of the grille and filled in the Shelby hoodscoops.Two prototypes were built, the Grabber Blue Quarter Horse seen here and a Candyapple Red version. 


Late in the 1969 production year American Raceways, Inc. (ARI) contacted the Ford Motor Corporation regarding the production of pace cars for the race tracks in their organization. Ford eagerly obliged by designing a unique 1970 Mach 1 Mustang. Each car's detailing was color coordinated to match ARI's various race tracks. Unfortunately, the ARI went bankrupt and the cars were never delivered.  Fortunately for Ford, a special project was underway in Kansas City Missouri. People at the district sales office approached Ford about producing a flashy, high performance, promotional car for their "Total Performance Day" which would be held Friday, Nov. 7, 1969. Now, Ford had the opportunity to market the vehicles originally manufactured for ARI. Fords shipped 96 Mach I Mustangs and 90 Torino Cobras to Kansas City. They contracted with a detailing firm there to remove the ARI logos and replace them with the Mach I logo, Ford script, and the Twister Special logo. On the morning of Nov. 7th, the assembly of Kansas City district dealers converged. Seminars and performances were given promoting Ford's high perforamce cars and parts. The highlight of the day came in the afternoon when the dealers were treated to a display commemorating the event - 90 vermilion Torino Cobras, and 96 GRABBER ORANGE MACH I's - THE TWISTER SPECIAL.


 In the late months of 1969, American Raceways Inc. (ARI), ordered 100 high performance Mustangs, all to be equipped with 428SCJ engines and to be used as Official Pace Cars and Official Vehicles at ARI's tracks throughout the United States. Ford agreed to produce the special edition Mustangs, but with the ARI's cash flow problems and future bankruptcy, they were unable to purchase the Mustangs they had ordered, and Ford was stuck with them. However, an event titled "Performance Day" was being held by the Kansas City Sales District. They ended up purchasing 96 of the ARI Pace Cars, as well as 90 high performance Torino's in order to create the Twister Special. These 96 Mustangs, most Mach 1's, were sent to a Kansas City Detail Shop where the ARI logos were removed and replaced with the Blue Oval Ford logos on the front quarters, and the Twister logo on the rear quarters. It is believed that 5 Mach 1 and 5 Convertible ARI Pace Cars remain.


Towards the beginning of the 1970 model year, Ford introduced the Grabber Mustangs to promote their new line of Grabber colors, including Grabber Blue, Grabber Orange, Grabber Green, and Grabber Yellow. All of these Grabber Mustangs could only be ordered with the sportsroof model, and could be ordered with one of two strip packages.

Details:  One of the packages was similar to the '69 Boss C-stripe, without the "BOSS 302" inserts. The other package reflected the '70 stripe, but began at the dual sport mirrors. This stripe either had the "302" or "351" engine displacement placed at the leading edge of the stripe. Other features on the Grabber Mustangs included blackout trim paint, dog dish hub caps, trim rings and F-70 whitewall tires. It is believed that 5,120 Grabber Mustangs were produced. 


 Not a lot is known about the '70 Sidewinder Special. What is known is that all sidewinders were produced with 351-4V engines, were Dearborn built, were all sportsroof models, and were sold in the Oklahoma Sales District.

Details: The Sidewinder sportsroofs came in a vairety of colors, and sported a decal which was similar to Ford's own cobra cartoon. These decal stripe kits were placed in the trunk, and were to only be applied by the dealers who decided to be involved in the promotion. It is believed that about 40 Sidewinder Special were produced. 


 Continuing the theme of the 1970 Grabber Mustangs was the 1971 Spring Sports Coupe. The Spring Sports Coupe captitalized on the '71 Boss Mustangs, just as the '70 Grabber had capitalized on the '70 Boss. 

Details: The Spring Sports Coupe was dressed up to simulate a 351 Boss, with quite a long list of wanted features such as: Boss side stripes (no lettering), NASA hood, Mach 1 grille w/ "sport" lamps, E70 x 14" whitewalls, hubcaps w/ trim rings, dual sport mirrors, and the Mach 1's coordinated moulding/bumper organization. It was officially called the 'hardtop special value package', and was scheduled to be offered from March through May of '71. Another unique feature of this model was it's able to carry most drivetrains, except Ford's 351HO, which was only available in the Boss model. Only a few of the Spring Sports Coupes have been found, and it's range of options can definitely make for some interesting possibilities.


Ford Mustang sales for the year of 1972 were significantly down, and Ford was in need of a boost in sales, especially for their standard mustangs. The springtime promotion was on the horizon, as was the 1972 Olympics. From this emerged the 1972 Sprint.

Details:  The Sprint USA' trimmed inside and out with red, white, & blue" with a special decal on the rear quarter panels. Standard features included dual sport mirrors, hub caps with trim rings, whitewalls, large 'USA' decals on the quarter panels, and a mach 1 grille. Cars sold in Canada featured "Maple Leaf" decals & Canadian colors were applied. For Mustangs, only the coupe and sportsroof models were eligible. Although there were 50 Sprint convertibles produced. As in 1968, the packaged equipment was different for 6-cylinder and eligible V-8s. But this was an upgrade over and above engine cost, so a Mustang "B" package cost about $ 350 - more than double the cost of package "A". For the additional cost, a buyer received a set of Magnum 500s, F60 x 15" RWL tires, and the competition suspension. The Sprint package was also available on the Maverick and Pinto as well.


European build , "N" means "assembled in The Netherlands by Ford"


Believed to be 44 of the Mustang II convertibles built which were sent to a select few dealerships across the country. Build by Ford and then send to Emmess Coach Builders in Largo, Florida to have the conversions done for a cost of $4500.00. 


In 1985 Ford and the Kansas City district sales office once again produced a Twister Special. Just 90 1985 Mustang GT Twister Special IIs were built by Ford. 76 of these were hatchbacks and 14 convertibles.

Details:   Twister Special II's (limited Kansas City DSO special edition) - 90 total
 5.0L 5-speed convertibles (4V carb) - 9
 5.0L AOD (automatic) convertibles (CFI) - 5
 5.0L 5-speed hatchbacks (4V carb) - 74
 5.0L AOD (automatic) hatchbacks (CFI) - 2

The majority were painted Bright Red, the rest were either White or Medium Canyon Red. Other features include 5.0 HO engines, Traction-Lok differentials, special handling package, quad-shocks in the rear, and dual exhaust.