Originally built at Metuchen, New Jersey in 1965 as a six cylinder convertible, it was purchased by the current owner in 2000 from “MustangsOnly”, LA, California in uprated 289 GT specification, having been fitted with a rebuilt 289 V8 engine, with a 4 valve head running through a new C4 Automatic transmission to a rebuilt rear end with posi traction (limited slip differential). The steering was uprated to V8 power steering, with front disc brakes. The initial specification is confirmed in a 51 item listing from “MustangsOnly”, in the history file supplied with the car in 2000.
On arrival in Jersey, the Mustang was improved and regularly serviced over the period 2000/2009. Again the history file has accounts from us for maintenance and general improvement totalling over £10,000 over the nine year period to 2009.
In 2009 the decision was taken to completely restore the car. The work comprised a chassis-up restoration which was carried out in our workshops and completed in 2011, the total cost for labour and parts was just under £55,000. The work carried out and invoices are detailed in the history file which accompanies the Mustang, which confirms that the car is capable of being used on a regular basis and ideally suited for road trips in Europe.
Executive stylist John Najjar, who was a fan of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane, is credited by Ford to have suggested the name. Najjar co-designed the first prototype, known as the Ford Mustang I in 1961, working jointly with fellow Ford stylist Philip T. Clark. The Mustang I made its formal debut at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York, on October 7, 1962, where test driver and contemporary Formula One race driver Dan Gurney lapped the track in a demonstration using the second "race" prototype. His lap times were only slightly off the pace of the F1 race cars.
An alternative view was that Robert J. Eggert, Ford Division market research manager, first suggested the Mustang name. Eggert, a breeder of quarter horses, received a birthday present from his wife of the book 'The Mustangs', by J. Frank Dobie, in 1960. Later, the book's title gave him the idea of using the 'Mustang' name for Ford's new concept car. The designer preferred 'Cougar' (early styling bucks can be seen wearing a Cougar grille emblem) or 'Torino' (an advertising campaign using the Torino name was actually prepared), while Henry Ford II wanted 'T-bird II'. As the person responsible for Ford's research on potential names, Eggert added 'Mustang' to the list to be tested by focus groups; by a wide margin 'Mustang' came out on top, under the heading 'Suitability as Name for the Special Car'.