Pre-production Mustang #139 has a DSO code of 89(Transportation Services), which means it was designated for Ford's internal use and not delivered to a dealership after final assembly. Many vehicles with this DSO code, even today, are driven by upper executives. Mustang #148 was given to Henry Ford II for his own use. Whomever had #139 obviously took very good care of it!
It is not known how or when, but #139 ended up at Galyen Motor CO (a Ford dealership) in Atkinson, Nebraska, in September 1964. We have the original Registered Owner Plan card showing them as the registering dealer.
This same registration card, shown above, also has the name and address of it's very first documented owner, who was a Doctor located in Denver, Colorado. There is no sale documentation available, just this registration card listing the dealer in Nebraska and the Doctor from Colorado. If additional owners are verified later we will correct and modify the ownership trail as we know it.
Owner #2 informed us that this Doctor, now deceased, drove the car daily until 1983. At which time, he parked it in his garage in favor of something newer and easier to drive. The Mustang remained parked, unmoved and not started for the next 33 years!
The second owner, from Thornton, Colorado, maintained several houses for the Doctor and purchased the Mustang from him on April 1, 2016. The car was literally buried under years of "stuff". Fortunately, it was stored in a weather protected garage and Colorado has a fairly arid climate, which explains why the car had very minimal rust given its age.
This second owner carefully extracted the car from the garage, which was no easy chore as evidenced by the pictures. #139 was transported to its new home and life was breathed back into it. The engine was flushed several times, two wheel cylinders were rebuilt and the battery was replaced. Amazingly, it fired off and ran great! Numerous hours were spent hand detailing the Mustang and it cleaned up very well.
The second owner enjoyed #139 for nearly two years, putting on approximately 200 miles, before deciding to transfer it to a new caretaker.
.....and a new chapter begins at 83,275 original miles!
Due to the historical significance of this Mustang it was decided that a full concours restoration would be completed and documented for everyone to witness.