Jan 30 2018

AACA Museum Announces the 1963 Mustang III Concept Show will be Featured in Upcoming 2018 Exhibit

The AACA Museum  has announced that the 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car will be part of its upcoming exhibit Mustangs: Six Generations of America's Favorite Pony Car.

The exhibit will run from May 18, 2018 to October 14, 2018.


Howard Kroplick

Mustangs: Six Generations of America’s Favorite Pony Car
 May 18 – October 14, 2018

This exhibit will cater to the serious Mustang hobbyist as well as the general public, including a story-line of how the Mustang concept was developed along with some unusual models.
The Mustang began as a brilliant business model:  You start with a reliable but inexpensive car, the Falcon, which is well-established that no costly engineering is needed.  Then, you design a body with an appealing and unique shape — a short deck and a long hood.  Give it a base price that suggests almost anyone can afford to buy one.  Then, offer it with enough options that it can become anything its owner desires:  a practical and thrifty six-cylinder runabout, a high-performance muscle car, or a sporty-looking luxo-cruiser.  Introduce it to the public in a high profile venue:  the 1964World’s Fair in New York.
The idea worked; the Mustang sold like the proverbial hotcakes, and Lee Iacocca became a household name overnight.  But after you achieve this remarkable success, how do you keep it going for over 50 years?  That is the story that we will tell as part of this exhibit.
We’re excited to announce that the 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car will be here as part of the exhibit!
Fun Facts about this vehicle
Chassis:  VIN # 5S08F10009
•From August to December 1963 Ford built 15 pre-production pilot Mustang chassis to establish assembly procedures, to determine engineering revisions necessary for future production at Ford’s Dearborn Assembly Plan and to create concept show cars.
•These 15 mustang pilot units with S-code VINs were built at the Allen Park Pilot Plan before the first assembly of production Mustangs which began in early 1964.  After their use, all Mustangs with S-code VINs were scheduled to be destroyed since they were not built for the road.
•This automobile was the ninth pre-production Mustang ever built.  The first eight S-code Mustangs have been destroyed, or their existence is unknown.
•This is the only known existing Mustang with an S-code VIN, and according to Mustang historian Bob Fria, it is likely “the oldest known Mustang on the road today.
For more on this vehicle visit Vanderbilt Cup Races
 Mark your calendar NOW for Friday, May 18th, we’re planning an extra-special Museum Exhibit Opening Program that you won’t want to miss!   More details will be coming soon!


Jan 31 2018 Mike Cain 3:30 PM

Great news! It’s a special car. Once again I commend you Howard for your willingness to share your cars with the public. This is another example of that. Many collectors never show their vehicles to anyone. They call them “Private Collections”. The many classic car fans that visit Hershey will greatly appreciate this opportunity to see a very rare vehicle.
Howard Kroplick
Mike, it will be fun to see the Mustang III during Hershey week in October!

Feb 04 2018 S. Berliner, III 5:34 PM

The III couldn’t be more appropriate for the exhibit but, old tho’ I be, I have serious trouble considering it as an “Antique” car!  Yes , I can still add but still - - - .  Sam, III

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