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There are no estimates available yet for the first Ford Mustang hardtop to exist, but we can be sure that it will be hugely expensive when it hits the auction block at the Mecum Indianapolis event in May.

The first Mustang hardtop is not the first Mustang ever – the car took off the production line in Dearborn in 1965 wearing the serial number 00002, as it was preceded by a convertible version. But decades after its commission, it’s still dressed in its original Caspian Blue exterior, with the Mustang coupe having been manufactured at the Ford Allen Park, Michigan plant alongside another 180 or so pre-production units. It was then moved to Dearborn, half finished, where the final assembly too place and the VIN designation appeared – 5F07U100002, the first ever for a production hardtop. The car was then supposed to reach Brown Brothers Ford in Vancouver, Canada – though a shipping error made it end up with Whitehorse Motors in the Yukon Territory in May, just a month since the Mustang’s April 17 introduction.

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This is of course one very rare pre-production Mustang that survived – and has been owned 13 times since new. Its current consigner, Bob Fria, a Mustang historian bought it in 1997 and spent more than two years on its restoration, complete to original standards. It even has a date-coded 170 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine and period correct three-speed manual gearbox. Expect it to fetch a cool, huge price at the Mecum Indianapolis auction taking place May 16 to 21, 2017.