Published on January 4th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ford Edsel Mustang 1964
Ford sold nearly 420,000 of its thoroughbred Mustangs in 1964. It was the iconic Mustang’s (affectionately nicknamed the ‘Pony’) first year on sale, but one of them was very special, as it was delivered as a Christmas gift to Edsel B. Ford II.
He was 16 years old at the time, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, currently a member of the board of directors at FoMoCo, Edsel received a one-off Mustang painted in a pearlescent white with blue racing stripes exterior, a functional hood scoop, chrome trim for the headlamp bucket gills and fender-mounted rearview mirrors.
The vehicle’s fuel filler cap was also unique, featuring “EFB II” initials on its, while the bespoke cabin has blue leather and aluminum trim. Unfortunately, Edsel Ford II’s one-off V8-powered pony, which he used as a daily driver since receiving it, was destroyed four years later, when a friend borrowed it.
“I came downstairs that Christmas morning with my sisters, and my father indicated I should take a look outside. This amazing Mustang was sitting in the driveway, and I immediately grabbed my coat and shoes and went outside to check it out,” said Edsel Ford. “The rumble of the high-performance 289-cubic-inch V8 was always intoxicating. I only drove it for a few minutes that first day because there was snow on the ground, but as soon as the roads were cleared, I drove it almost every day.”