One of the three known existing 1963 pre-production Mustangs will be auctioned on May 18, 2017 at Mecum Auctions....and it it is not the Mustang III.
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 Mecum Auctions on May 18, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.