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1964 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Mustang


Indianapolis 500 Pace Car

A quantity of 185 Mustang Indianapolis Pace Car hardtop replicas were sold in 1964 to the public. Not just any dealer could sell them though. They had to compete for them! The competition, called "Checkered Flag" and "Green Flag" contests, were based on the dealer's sales performance prior to the introduction of the Mustang in April of 1964. The top five dealerships in each district received a Pace Car replica. This car was won by Bennett Ford in Salt Lake City, Utah. The pace cars are all sequentially numbered (VIN) between 111500-126000. They have the same dataplate codes; 65A=hardtop, C=Pace Car White paint, 42=white & blue interior. Many were sold to customers with the stripes and lettering removed. Another thirty-seven Wimbledon White 1964 Mustang Pace Car convertibles were created for the actual Indianapolis 500 race. Three of them were modified to be actual pace cars (4-speed transmission, tuned 289ci engines, lowered suspension, and speed rated tires). Another thirty-five convertibles with red, white, or blue interiors were used as Dignitary Cars. They were auctioned to dealerships and sold to the public after the race event.

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Pace Car White Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
This is a 1964 Mustang Indianapolis Pace Car hardtop. This is one of about 185 replicas that were sold in 1964 to the public. Not just any dealer could sell them though. They had to compete for them! The competition, called "Checkered Flag" and "Green Flag" contests, were based on the dealer's sales performance prior to the introduction of the Mustang in April of 1964. The top five dealerships in each district received a Pace Car replica. This car was won by Bennett Ford in Salt Lake City, Utah. The pace cars are all sequentially numbered (VIN) between 111500-126000. They have the same dataplate codes; 65A=hardtop, C=Pace Car White paint, 42=white & blue interior. Many were sold to customers with the stripes and lettering removed. Thirty-seven Wimbledon White 1964 Mustang Pace Car convertibles were created for the actual Indianapolis 500 race. Three of them were modified to be actual pace cars (4-speed transmission, tuned 289ci engines, lowered suspension, and speed rated tires). Another thirty-five convertibles with red, white, or blue interiors were used as Dignitary Cars. They were auctioned to dealerships and sold to the public after the race event.

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Pace Car White Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
This is an original official 1964 Mustang Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica. It's a Ford built replica of the one that actually paced the race. This is one of about 40 convertibles and about 190 hardtops built by Ford back in 1964. The convertibles were used as Dignitary (parade) cars at the race, then auctioned off to the dealerships. The hardtops were given straight to dealers. Of all the convertibles, only very few remain. This car has its original 210hp (at 4400rpm), 289 cubic inch, 4 barrel, V8 engine.

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Pace Car White Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
This is a 1964 Mustang Indianapolis Pace Car. It's one of about 190 hardtop replicas built for sale to the public. They were all built the same: special Pace Car White paint, blue stripes, and white/blue interiors. All of the Pace Cars are sequentially numbered (VIN) between 111500-126000.

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Pace Car White Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
This is the real deal. It's the actual White 1964 Mustang convertible that paced the Indianapolis 500 race. There was two others built especially for pacing the race (VIN 5F08F100240 and 5F08F100242). The others have yet to be found. These three Mustangs were modified by Holman-Moody with modified 289ci V-8 engines (originally they had stock 260s), lowered/stiffened suspension, grab bars (back seat side panels), two-way radios, and flag mounts. This one was listed on eBay with a reserve of $1,099,000.00

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Wimbledon White Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
There were thirty-five 1964 Indy Pace Car convertibles used as Dignitary Cars for the race. They were built with red, white, or blue interiors. They were auctioned to dealerships and sold to the public after the race event. They were also known as festival cars, probably because they circled the track at the 500 Festival Open Invitation - a PGA Tour event in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1964. A couple are known to still exist today.

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