Feature Vehicle of the Month
Owners: Henry & Betty Hopkins
Florida Region members
In 2012, the Hopkins’ purchased this car from a classic car dealer in Sarasota, FL. A total restoration was completed in 2005 by the previous owner. Research on the car’s history revealed it was built 18 days before the first Mustang was introduced at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The term “1964 1/2 Mustang” is really a misnomer. Mustang enthusiasts use this term to indicate an early 1965 Mustang built between March and July 31, 1964. The car’s title states this is a 1965 Mustang.
A numbers matching drivetrain still powers the car. The 289 (4.7 liter) V–8 engine (D–Code) with a 4 barrel carburetor generates 210 horsepower at 4,400 rpms and 300 lb–ft of torque at 2,800 rpms. The car comes with factory power steering and power brakes.
A 3 speed automatic transmission is shifted on the floor in the optional factory center console. A factory Ford under dash air conditioning unit is retained.
The fully carpeted trunk uses the same red carpet as the interior. The car runs on factory size 6.95 –14 inch BF Goodrich Silvertown bias ply tires with dual red line stripes mounted on Mustang styled steel wheels.
Henry and Betty enjoy driving the car to local Orlando area car shows and around town. No future upgrades are planned for this little white pony. Henry says “It drives perfect the way it is”.
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
May 11, 2015 (Monday)