Data for 1964:
1964 Mustang Body Styles:The Mustang first debuted April 17, 1964 at the World's Fair held in New York. Ford sold 22,000 units the first day! It was advertised as having the "styling and features of expensive European road cars combined with an American mass-production price." The Mustang was a intermediate sized car offered in two body styles. The hardtop cost a mere $2,320, while the convertible could be purchased for $2,557. The Mustang came standard with a 101hp 170ci six cylinder. Three V8 engines were optional - the 164hp 260ci, 210hp 289ci, and a higher performance 271hp 289ci engine. Other standard equipment included bucket seats, floor shifted transmissions (automatic or manual), and a padded instrument panel. After the Mustang was used as the 1964 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car on May 30th, 190 special hardtop Indy Pace Car replicas (and 3 convertibles) were built. They were special order white with a light blue triple top stripe and had no door mirrors.
This site will call the first model the 1964 Mustang, some (including Ford) call them 1964 1/2 Mustangs, and still others contend that they are early 1965 Mustangs. Which is correct? They all are. These Mustangs are marked with a "5" in the VIN for 1965 but were all assembled before the early August 1964 plant shutdown for 1965 model year retooling. The retooling for the Mustang line included changes in engines, alternator, and trim as well as the introduction of the fastback body style.
1964 Mustang Paint Color Codes:* Special order color
1964 Mustang Engine Codes:*original owners manual states 220hp, sales brochure 210hp
1964 Mustang VIN Decoder:
Year: 5 = 1965 (yes for 1964)
F = Dearborn Michigan
R = San Jose, California
07 = Hardtop
08 = Convertible
U = Standard 105hp 170ci 6-Cyl
F = Optional 164hp 260ci V8
D = Optional 210hp 289ci V8
K = Optional High Perf 271hp 289ci V8
Unit Number: range for 1964 Mustangs
The VIN number is found under the hood on top of the driver's side fender apron. Under the hood.