A unique 1965 Mustang ready for auction which is an amazing one, but it is not hidden under the hood, under the body.
This Mustang was used for the Disney-designed Magic Skyway ride at the 1965 New York World’s Fair. Eleven convertible Mustangs were used for the ride and only three are known to still exist. This is the only example that has been recovered and came up for auction on May 13-21 at Mecum’s Indy sale.
Below the body is a special attachment point for the convertible to attach to the ride, which will pull customers around a track to see multiple attractions. It began with a journey through a “time tunnel” in the new Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicles, and continued with animatronic images of dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and cavemen.
There’s a little bit of a surprise under the hood though; Take a look inside and you’ll see a 200 cubic inch straight-six engine that produces only 120 horsepower. There is no need to wreck the V8 on a car that will only drive under its own power, however.
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Carrying the serial number 5F08T383386, the pony car was built in January 1965 and contains the District Sales Office Code 842011, which indicates a special order from Ford’s Home Office Reserve for use for the ride.
Only a few things are unconventional for the vehicle in which the rider-passengers used to sit; The 6-track player and bench seat, including the 1966 Hubcaps, 1966 AM radio, were installed before the Ford Resell “B” lot was sold in December 1965. The current owner bought the car in 1978 and still owns it.
The Mustang was carefully restored in 2015, retaining most of its original body panels and pieces. The front fenders were replaced with date-coded 1965 NOS units, as was the convertible fabric top. The odometer shows only 35,500 miles, but it is estimated that another 5,000 miles were spent around the recreational ride.
McCoom estimates that the Mustang will reach between $ 100,000 and $ 150,000, more than double the normal price of a similar car without worldwide fairness.