1964 Ford Mustang Colors

by Dr. Marvin Phillips

The Ford Mustang first came in mid-year 1964, so technically its year designation is a 1964-1/2. The "gorgeously sleek" design was first viewed by the public in April 1964 and was an immediate hit. American consumers were and still are passionate about the affordable sport car. Since it took a lot of its engineering from Ford's compact Falcon, their color schemes were almost identical. Ford produced 126,538 of them during that abbreviated 1964 model year--97,705 coupes and 28,833 convertibles--but unfortunately no one has accurate production numbers by color.

Exterior Paint Colors

The very first Mustang exterior paint colors were the same colors found on the 1964 Fairlane, Galaxie and Galcon. These 1964 ponies were available in 19 colors, and eight of the colors were fine metallic. The Ford code designating the exterior color is found on both the door data tag and the engine compartment build (buck) tag. The second number is the Ditzler/PPG paint code, and the third number is the Dupont paint code. Raven Black: A or 9A--9000--1724 Pagoda Green: B or 2B--12851--1638 Special White or Pace Car White: C or 6C--8321--1525 (Spring Color) Dynasty Green: D--12853--1625 Poppy Red: 3--60449--1730 (Spring Color) Caspian Blue: H or 5H--12752--1544 Champagne Beige: I--no color code found (Spring Color) Silversmoke Gray: K or 3K--32377--1621 Guardsman Blue: F or 3F--12832--1622 Rangoon Red: J or 3J or J9--71243--1515 Wimbledon White: M or 5M--8378--1619 Twilight Turquoise: 5 or 5A--no paint codes found Cascade Green: S--42925-- no Dupont code Sunlight Yellow: V--81467--1729 Vintage Burgundy: X--50657--1632 Skylight Blue: Y--12850--1623 Chantilly Beige: Z--22393--1630 Prairie Bronze: P or 4P--22438--1738 Phoenician Yellow: 7--81444--1633 (Spring Color)

Interior Paint Colors

The first 1964-1/2 Mustangs only had the choice of five interior paint colors. The items that were painted these colors were: the dash instrument panel, including the ash tray cover; the cover plate for the radio opening; the cover plate for the heater opening; the "A" pillar; the steering column assembly; and the grilles for the defroster and radio. Ford did not use an interior paint code designation by itself, but the paint color was combined with the interior upholstery and trim. The following list includes the names of the colors, the Ditzler paint code and the Dupont paint code. Black: 9295--1724 Medium Blue: 12626--1578 Palomino: 22397--no confirmed Dupont color found Red: 71315--1429 White: 8608--no confirmed Dupont color found

Interior Upholstery and Trim Color Codes

The seat upholstery and interior paint trim color on the 1964-1/2 Mustang codes was denoted on the dataplate and the build tag. There were 10 combinations of upholstery and trim available on the early pony. The list includes the name of the combination and the Ford trim code. Parchment vinyl with blue: 42 Parchment vinyl with red: 45 Parchment vinyl with ivy gold: 46 Parchment vinyl with black: 48 Black vinyl and cloth: 56 Black vinyl with black: 86 Red vinyl with red: 85 Blue vinyl with blue: 82 White vinyl: 49 Palomino vinyl with palomino: 89

Other Color-related Items

Some oddball items about colors for the early Mustang were that if side strips were included, only three colors were available. These colors were Raven Black, Rangoon Red and Wimbleton White. Finally, if the pony was to have a crash pad (foam pad on top of the dash), the radio and defroster grilles were colored to match the pad. White, red and black interior schemes required a black crash pad if installed.

About the Author

Dr. Marvin Phillips, known affectionately as Dr. Phil, retired from the practice of pediatrics in 1999. He currently is the CEO of a start-up ambulance service, and has been writing since college. He has published works in "Circulation Research" and "The Anatomical Record." He has professional experience in building, electrical,plumbing, woodworking, cabinetry and automobile restorations.

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