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64 ½ mustang grn nf copy

The license plate pretty much says it all — 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang. Why the half? Used to be that nearly all carmakers brought out their new models in the fall, or very late summer at the earliest. Ford decided to get the jump on the 1965 model year by bringing out the new Mustang in April 1964, about a half-year before the competition’s new cars hit the showrooms. Seems to have been a good idea, as they set all kinds of sales records: from April ’64 to January ’65 almost 681,000 of them were produced! That’s not even a full 12-month period; and Ford was hoping for around 100,000 annual sales. Sometimes it’s good when you’re wrong. This example, with the nifty red-line tires and a 289 V-8, was seen this past week in Niagara Falls.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know