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November 2015 The Shop 59 performance put on for the car when it debuted at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, and soon it was obvious to the buying public that the new Ford Mustang was a "sports car for the masses." When they saw the price, $2,368, there was little resistance from people who visited the showrooms. Sales for the "pony car" were fantastic, to say the least. Within a year, the car exceeded the former record that the Falcon had achieved (417,174 cars sold within the first year)—Mustang sales reached 418,812 units within the same one-year time period. A "2+2" fastback roof design was added to the Mustang lineup on Sept. 24, 1964, and it was originally penned by designer G.L. "Gale" Halderman. Here's what he told Jim Smart about its development in a 1989 interview: "At the time, we told Iacocca there needed to be more than just a notchback and a convertible. There were a lot of other cars coming out at the time with fastback rooflines, including some from our own car lines. But Iacocca wasn't receptive to this idea in the wake of his efforts to sell the Mustang idea to Mr. Ford. So we decided to go off on our own and design a fastback version of the Mustang. We hid the clay behind a wall where no one could see it. In recent years Ford Motor Co. has authorized the making of complete replacement body shells for Mustang restorers, using 1006 universal steel that has a galvanization added for protection against rust and corrosion. The bodies are available for 1964-1/2, 1965 and 1966 convert- ibles, 1967 convertibles, and four different fastbacks (1967, '68, '69 and '70) to satisfy most every restorer or car builder's dream. In order to qualify as an official Ford-licensed restoration part, the body shell has to meet or exceed the quality fit and finish of the original. (www.dyna- cornclassicbodies.com) For 1969 the Ford Drag Team included a 428 Cobra Jet SportsRoof car campaigned by Hubert Platt. This Super Stocker crisscrossed the country on tour to drag strips, car shows and Ford dealerships (for drag seminars).

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