I have always heard the term Pace Car. Until now, I had never seen one. Last August, while on vacation in Orlando, Fl. visiting my mom, I came across a 1964.5 Indy 500 Pace Car coupe. According to the Pace Car registry, there are only 20 some cars known to have survived from the 180 coupes made by Ford. None of the 17 convertibles have surfaced to date. This coupe, unbelievably, was still in the hands of its original owner. Located in the glove box was an astounding sight. The original registrations for the first two years that the car was driven, as well as the original invoice were located inside. The car was driven very rarely, running the odometer up to 70,000+ miles in over 39 years of being on the road. It was garage kept most of its life and is rock solid. The owners knew it was time to pass it over to someone who would restore it better than new. The car still has the original data plate showing color code C, which is designated by Ford as Pace Car White. The plate also has the interior code 42, which was standard in all Pace Cars. This car is absolutely a perfect addition to the Carter Collection and is the 26th Mustang I have owned to date.
Ist Indy Pace car plate and pace inscription
My Second Indy 500 Pace Car
I have done it again. I located another 1964.5 Indy 500 Pace Car coupe.I found this car accidentally in a junk yard of Mustangs and various other junk cars. The car came out of Mechanicsville, Virginia. The owner had no idea, not even the slightest clue, what he had just sold me. Sometimes in life you are the bug and sometimes you are the windshield.
2nd Indy Pace car plate and pace inscription
There are fewer than 30 of the original pace car replicas that have survived. I am proud to say that I have two of them. 1964.5 Indy 500 pace cars were recently named the 37th rarest type of mustang out of 100.
A NEW DISCOVERY THIS WEEK, THERE APPEARS TO BE A SET OF CONTACT PLATES LOCATED INSIDE THE DOOR JAMS OF 1964.5 INDY 500 PACE CARS. THE PLATES ARE LINED UP WITH THE LIGHT SWITCH . OVER 2 DOZEN PEOPLE THAT HAVE PACE CARS HAVE CONFIRMED THIS FEATURE ON THEIR CAR, SO IT SEEMS ALL PACE CARS HAVE THIS FEATURE.
I TOOK THE LIBERTY OF CHEMICALLY STRIPPING THE TWO PACE CARS
TO REVEAL THEIR CODES ON THE RADIATOR SUPPORTS. I LOVE THE
"E231 & C685" ARE THE PLACES ON THE LINE.
"65A" IS 2 DOOR COUPE
"C42" IS PACE CAR WHITE WITH BLUE INTERIOR
"BL" IS BELIEVED TO BE BACK UP LIGHTS
BELOW, IS THE ACTUAL PHOTOS OF THE INDY 500 PACE CAR CONVERTIBLES. CHECK OUT THE ACTUAL STATEMENTS MADE BY FORD EXECUTIVES AT THE SHOW.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- Thirty-three Ford Mustangs are shown lined up behind the official pace car during opening day ceremonies May 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Accepting the pace car from Ford Division Assistant General Manager Don Frey (center foreground) is Speedway President Tony Hulman (back to camera). The 33 Mustang pace car replicas were presented earlier in the day to members of the 1964 "500" Festival committee.
From the News Bureau FORD DIVISION of Ford Motor Company Rotunda Drive at Southfield Road Po O. Box 608 Dearborn, Michigan Telephone: 33-77900
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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- The Indianapolis 500 Festival queen for 1964, Donna McKinley rides at the head of a 37 car parade of new Ford Mustang pace cars on its way from downtown Indianapolis to the Speedway on May 1st. Ford Division Assistant General Manager Don Frey presented the Mustangs to members of the Festival committee in a special ceremony at the Monument Circle.
From the News Bureau FORD DIVISION of Ford Motor Company Rotunda Drive at Southfield Road P. O. Box 608 Dearborn, Michigan Telephone: 33-77900
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