The 1964 Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car
It’s undeniable that the Mustang has a great history. And I’ve written about it on many occasions, but still today I stumble upon great stories – parts of history – that make are worth writing about.
The story I came across this time is about the 1964 Ford Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car. Only 3 of those convertibles were prepared by Holman & Moody to pace the Greatest Spectacle In Racing-the Indianapolis 500.
“Ford produced three consecutively numbered Wimbledon White (not Pace Car White) Mustang convertibles for this purpose-5F08F100240, 5F08F100241, and 5F08F100242. Only one of them is known to have survived, 5F08F100241, belonging to Bruce Weiss of Florida. It is a beautifully restored showpiece with all of the original appointments, including the two-way radio and chrome hand holds. Bruce showed this car quite a bit during the ’90s. It hasn’t been seen much since.”
The other 2 are “missing in action” hence the call out to all Mustang enthusiasts to help us find out where they are or what has happened to them. Read all about it here.
These 3 aren’t to be confused with the promotional Mustang Pace Car Edition Coupes of which 190 were built (also in 1964) as an incentive program for Ford dealers:
“Only 190 of these Coupes were built under the direction of Lee Iacocca as an incentive program for Ford dealers. This promotional competition was planned to distribute Pace Car Editions to dealers nationwide as a sales performance reward. Many of these coupes were lost and destroyed over the years. It is estimated by experts that approximately ten restored, roadworthy examples exist.”
Funny part of all this as well is that those Coupes apparently were in Pace Car white where as the 3 real pace car Mustangs were in Wimbledon white. Kinda weird.
So, had one of these in your barn and didn’t think it was all that important? Or maybe you know where the 2 missing Pace Cars are… you might be in for some money.
And just in case you were curious as to what the other pace cars were in the long Indy 500 history, they’re all here.