Edsel Ford II recalls getting original Mustang for his 16th birthday

Article by Anita Panait, on January 8, 2014

When Ford Motor Co. launched the very first Mustang in 1964, one of the owners of the original version was no other than a member of the founding family. Now a director in the present-day Ford, Edsel B. Ford II received his first car – a Mustang – from his father, then chief executive and president Henry Ford II, as a gift for his 16th birthday, which fell on Dec. 27, 1964.

By that time, Mustang had been on sale for about eight months, and it was apparent that it would become one of the biggest new model hits, eventually ending 1964 with over 418,000 units in sales. Part of the reason why the Mustang was so appealing was because it has endowed customers the ability to personalize the car according to their own preferences.

Back then, Mustang was offered in three available body styles, four engines, 17 colors and other options, and it was promoted as "The car designed to be designed by you." Living up to its name, Mustang even became available in some special-order custom colors like the Playboy Pink in 1968 and Mystichrome in 2004.

The Mustang that the 16-year old Edsel B. Ford II received was also personalized for him. On the year of its launch, a special Mustang fastback was coated in a pearlescent white finish with slim blue racing stripes over the top of the body and along the rocker panels.

It was also fitted with a functional hood scoop, chrome trim on the three gills in the headlamp buckets, and fender-mounted rearview mirrors. To further personalize the Mustang for the great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, its rear fuel filler cap featured the initials "EBF II," for Edsel B. Ford II. [source: Ford]

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