As any diehard James Bond knows, Ford’s all-new Mustang made its first major on-screen appearance in the iconic 007 spy flick, Goldfinger. In the movie, Tilly Masterson (played by Tania Mallet) wheeled her white over red Mustang convertible through the Furka Pass in Switzerland – with Sean Connery’s Aston DB5 in hot pursuit. The chase ended with Bond’s tire-slicing wheel spinners wiping out the Mustang’s wheels… essentially so Mr. Bond could chat up the lovely Miss Masterson!
But what some fans might not know is that an entirely different Mustang was supposed to appear in the film. The script called for Tilly to drive a gold-adorned Mustang, so producers made a deal with Ford to supply this specially-built 1965 Fastback for the film. Produced entirely in-house at Ford, it featured a vivid metal-flake gold livery and a host of distinctive features. Custom touches include a unique front valance with high-power driving lamps, gold-accented styled steel wheels, a two-tone black and metallic gold interior, bespoke overhead console with auxiliary gauges and switches, a “spinner” gas cap, and a host of factory options like a GT rear valance, Rallye Pak, power disc brakes, A/C, and a radio with a power antenna. To give it the performance worthy of a proper Bond car chase, Ford fitted a Shelby-modified 305-horsepower 289 and a 9” rear axle with Traction-Lok diff.
Unfortunately, the film production moved faster than Ford had planned for, so the distinctive golden Fastback was not completed in time to be immortalized in celluloid, and the now-famous white convertible was called in as an understudy. Thankfully Ford followed through and finished the golden Fastback, and showed the glittering gold Mustang at movie-related promotional events nationwide. Now restored to its original glory, the Goldfinger Mustang is offered for the first time in decades.
According to the trim tag, the Goldfinger Mustang 2+2 Fastback is an early example, completed in October 1964. It is stamped “DSO 89,” which is the internal code for “Transportation Services” in Ford speak. The DSO 89 code was applied to any vehicle staying within the Ford Motor Company system, whether it be for the company fleet, plant maintenance, or in the case of this Mustang, for promotional purposes. The rest of the tag confirms its production-line spec as a Dearborn-built ‘65 Fastback, equipped with a 289-4V and C4 automatic transmission. It is said that after its time with Ford and the production company, it was sold to a Ford employee from Plymouth, Michigan, who gave it to his son to drive. The son ran the car at local drag strips, allegedly with an engine and transmission modified by Doug Nash.
For the next 20-odd years, the Mustang lived a quiet life, occasionally displayed in a Ford dealer showroom, until it was discovered by Richard Lee in 1988, who saw it listed in a Mustang Illustrated classified ad. Lee performed the excellent restoration, which he completed in the early 1990s. In 2001, it came into the care of the most recent owner, who has maintained it in his private collection for the past twenty years. The odometer shows just over 22,000 miles which is believed to be accurate and consistent with the car’s history as an occasional racer and display piece in private collections. The restoration still looks remarkably fresh, with beautifully glossy paintwork and excellent chrome trim. The wheels are correctly refinished with gold accents as it originally left Ford, with period-correct double-redline tires, and the grille features a golden pony in the “corral.”
At the time of the restoration, the engine was replaced with a K-code 289 unit of similar spec to the original. The engine bay presents very well, with authentic detailing, decals, and hardware. It wears a period-correct chrome air cleaner, a proper A/C compressor, and is finished in the correct shade of gloss black for the era.
The interior is also fully restored to its proper Goldfinger spec. The black vinyl seats and door panels have correct and wonderfully trippy metal-flake vinyl inserts, and the instrument panel and glove box door are painted body color to match. The car features Rallye-Pak gauges, factory air, center console, and factory AM radio. It also has a GT steering wheel and the ultra-cool, aircraft-inspired custom overhead console fitted with S-W tach, oil pressure, and water temperature gauges. A row of toggles simulate the Bondian gadgetry that was planned but never actually implemented – so anyone after an oil slick spreader and bumper-mounted cannons will have to get creative.
This extraordinary Mustang is a fascinating and significant piece of Ford history and is the perfect addition to the ultimate Bond memorabilia collection. It may not have made it on screen, but it is no less an essential part of the legendary 007 film saga.
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