Jan 23 2019

One of the Three Known Existing 1963 Pre-Production Mustangs Sold for $192,500 by Barrett-Jackson

One of the three known existing 1963 pre-production Mustangs was sold for $192,500 at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona last Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Here are several articles on this special Mustang which shares its pre-production heritage with the Mustang III Concept Show Car.

Motor Trend





Howard Kroplick


Year    1965
Make    FORD
Model    MUSTANG
Style    HARDTOP

VIN    5F07U100002
Exterior Color    CASPIAN BLUE
Interior Color    MEDIUM BLUE
Cylinders    6
Engine Size    170CI
Transmission    3-SPEED MANUAL


The very first Ford Pilot Plant/Pre-production Mustang hardtop. This 1965 Mustang started the Pony Car revolution in American car building, resulting in the later creation of the Camaro and Firebird. It was hand-assembled at the Ford Pilot Plant and is one of three known existing Pilot Plant Mustangs to survive. This special Mustang has been restored to factory new specifications, with all major components having matching numbers. It is powered by a 170ci 6-cylinder engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. Included with the First Ford Mustang Hardtop is a set of two binders containing ownership and condition affidavits from all previous owners, along with photos, statements and signatures from high-profile originators of the Mustang, including Lee Iacocca, Hal Sperlich, Don Frey, Gale Halderman and others. The binders also include the vast provenance documentation confirming the entire history of the car, and complete restoration documentation in photograph, 35mm slide and video formats. A letter from Ford Motor Company confirming this Mustang as the first Mustang hardtop built is also included. Among its film and television appearances, this Mustang was used by 20th Century Fox Pictures in video shoots with Matt Damon (starring as Carroll Shelby) and Christian Bale in the up-coming full-length feature film “Ford v. Ferrari” (the true story of the battle between the two marques to win Le Mans in 1966), scheduled to open in the summer of 2019. This hardtop is being sold after 20 years of ownership by a nationally known Mustang historian and author.


Retired airline pilot and automobile historian Bob Fria has spent years researching the development of early Mustangs including the 15 pre-production S-coded Mustangs built in the Allen Park Pilot Plant from August to December in 1963.

In the April 2015 issue of Mustang Monthly, Bob Fria described how early Mustang production began over 53 years ago. He documented the three known existing pre-production Mustangs:

-5S08F10009 Mustang III Concept Car by Dearborn Steel Tubing. In private ownership today

-5S08F10012 Shipped to Dearborn Assembly Plant (DAP). Assigned VIN 5F08F100001

-5S07U100015 Shipped to Dearborn Assembly Plant (DAP). Assigned VIN 5F07U10002.

Mustang III- The Earliest Known Pre-Production Mustang

In the August 2015 issue of Mustang Monthly, Bob Fria documented that the Mustang III was the only known pre-production Mustang to survive today with a pilot plant S-VIN chasis.

The earliest S- numbered pre-production Mustang (VIN #: 5S08F10009) was sent to Dearborn Steel Tubing to create the two-seater Mustang III Concept Show Car.

The other two known existing pre-production Mustangs were sent to Dearborn Assembly Plant (DAP). They were inserted into the Dearborn assembly line and became the first two Mustangs to receive DAP VIN numbers 5F08F10001 and 5F08F10002.

The First Mustang Convertible To Receive a Dearborn VIN #

The 12th S-coded Mustang (5S08F100012) was shipped to Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant in early 1964  and assigned the VIN 5F08F10001. It is currently displayed at the Henry Ford Museum.

The First Mustang Hardtop To Receive a Dearborn VIN #

The 15th S-Coded VIN (5S08F100015) was shipped to Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant in early 1964  and assigned the VIN 5F08F10002.  The car is owned by Bob Fria and will be up for sale at Barrett-Jackson Auction to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2019.

Highlights from Mecum Auctions

This unique Mustang was originally offered in May 2017 at Mecum Auctions.

Hemmings Daily, March 17, 2017: First hardtop Mustang by serial number to get its moment in the spotlight


Mar 24 2017 Ted 5:27 PM

Howard,are you going for it,to add to your Mustangs you have already,that would make it,I think.Shorty,Hertz Rental,two family owned and this one? What a collection

Howard Kroplick

Ted, hope all is well! No, I am “Tuckered” out!

Mar 25 2017 Ted 12:24 AM

Howard,all is well and I guess you’re running out of room for any more cars at the Waterfront too.

Mar 26 2017 Mitch Hackett 12:00 PM

Cars are like t-shirts.  You can’t have too many!

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