Mustang from 1964 World’s Fair Exhibit is Looking for A New Home

It seems like every other day; there’s an extremely rare classic Ford Mustang up for grabs anymore. At this point, it’s a little challenging to comprehend what is and isn’t exceptional rare. This one, however, certainly is. It’s one of the rarest Ford Mustangs that are still around to this day!

Only three of these Magic Skyway Mustangs are known to exist

exhibitors riding the Ford and Walt Disney Magic Skyway in a Mustang at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City
Ford Magic Skyway ride at World’s Fair |CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

The 1964 New York World’s Fair is a monumental staple of Mustang history. Ford introduced the “Magic Skyway.” It was a ride that took the general public back in time throughout history. Within the ride, there were all sorts of the most modern technology that 1964 had to offer, including animatronic dinosaurs that eventually found their way to Disneyland. Exhibitors rode in convertible Ford vehicles that were all interlinked and automatically cruised throughout the exhibit, 11 of which were Mustangs.

However, it wasn’t just the Magic Skyway that made the 1964 New York World’s Fair such an iconic staple of Ford History. The World’s Fair was also the location of the official release of the Ford Mustang to the world. So, to own a piece of that history is quite valuable indeed.

Now, nearly six decades later, only three of the Mustangs that were part of the Magic Skyway ride are known to exist. One of which is now available for purchase at Mecum Auctions’ Indianapolis 2022 event.

Ford built this particular Mustang in January 1965 and added to the Magic Skyway shortly thereafter. When the World’s Fair closed in April 1965, Ford added components from the 1966 model year, including hubcaps and a radio with an 8-track player. Ford then sold it on the company’s “B-grade” lot.

The Mustang retains its attachment points for the ride to this very day. Additionally, it has been in the hands of its current owner since 1978. It underwent a full restoration using Ford NOS parts.

Though its history is rich, Mustang enthusiasts may be a bit saddened to learn that it has the 200 cubic-inch inline-six instead of a V8. The 120-horsepower engine sends power to an automatic transmission, too.

How much is this 1965 Ford Mustang worth?

Ford Exhibit where Mustang was revealed at 1964 New York World's Fair
Ford exhibit at World’s Fair 1964 | Morse Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Though this Mustang is rich in history and played a key role in one of the most iconic Ford events ever, its estimated selling price may be a bit lower than you’d think.

Mecum estimates the Mustang will bring between $100,000 and $150,000. That’s a far cry from the likes of some other Mustang prices we’ve seen fetch at auction.

Though it may not have the iconic V8 powerplant, it’s still undoubtedly an amazing piece of Ford history. This may present an opportunity for someone to get an “affordable” collectible Mustang with a legendary story.

The car is gorgeous! It wears a coat of the classic Wimbledon White paint with a bright red interior contrasting the paint finish. It has only 35,500 original miles on it. An additional 5,000 miles spent on the Magic Skyway, where the engine was not running. It features a power convertible top with appropriately matching date codes, and it is relentlessly clean for its age.

Ultimately, someone who is more excited about the history than the semantics of its powerplant is about to get a very excellent piece of Ford history for what seems like a pretty reasonable deal considering its history!

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