December 01, 2015 By Francis G. Pallarco

A colorful past and beginning

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Words: Franchis G. Pallarco – Photos: Randy Silva Netto

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Pink. That’s the original color of our featured Mustang GT had when it was brand new in 1967. Often referred to as “Playboy Pink,” it’s actually called “Playmate Pink” which was a special-order body color for Mustang coupés and convertibles. Story goes that the pink color option was initially offered to commemorate a 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible given to Playboy Playmate Donna Michelle as one of her rewards for being the 1964 Playmate of the Year. Since then, Ford continued producing Pink Mustangs in at least four shades of pink through the early 70’s, but they were not given away nor used to commemorate Hugh Hefner’s playmates. Back then, anyone could special-order one from Ford. In fact, there are only two known Mustangs that were provided as official cars for the Playmate of the Year: a 1964 Mustang and a 1969 Shelby GT-500. Currently, the Donna Michelle Mustang resides in Australia while the Connie Kreski GT-500 Shelby has yet to resurface.

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The first production Pink Mustang was introduced in 1967 in two shades of special order pink: “Dusk Rose” and “Playboy Pink.” With just a few examples resurfacing, having a legit pink colored First-Gen Mustang is now considered rare and highly collectible. Further adding to its colorful story is that Ford kept its availability low key and almost secret. They felt its brand could suffer if it were associated with the famous Playboy publication. Ford internet sites even state that, “You will not find Playboy Pink listed on any factory record officially published by Ford. Dealer advertisements included it, but Ford did not officially recognize it.” This explains the lack of documented figures and data from Ford regarding the actual number of pink body colored Mustangs they produced. What’s even more confusing is the fact that Ford offered four shades of pink during the years 1964-1972. As such, even car collectors can’t seem to place a real value regarding these cars. What I find funny about all this is that Ford was already painting their cars pink way back in 1957 such as the iconic Thunderbird.

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