The Goldfinger Mustang Fastback

© Klaus Schaefer, Wolfgang Kohrn

This Mustang 2+2 (VIN 5F09A322626) was built as a Special Order -DSO 89 - for Transportation Services and finished on the 13th. of October 1964. 
The car was built in ordinary J-code Rangoon Red, but later transferred to another place within Ford for special treatment,
where the special color Gold Metal Flake was applied as well as other gadgets.

These modifications included Aircraft Driving Lights - visible in the lower front valance in the picture very similar to the original P51 Mustang concept car

Another item of interest is the golden horse in the front grill corral.

The first factory pics of the golden Fastbacks were shot between the 4th and 12th of March 1965.
Ford intended to provide a sleek Mustang Fastback for the movie production of Goldfinger. 

Picture courtesy Matthew Mark Chitwood, colored by W.Kohrn (original Photo Media pics were b/w)

However the request came too early. 
Ford was not yet ready to provide such a car before September and the actual Bond filming started in early January 64 and ended in late August. The white convertible was given by Fords management however to the production team, so it must have been a very early one.

Still Ford followed this project up to gain at least some fame before the official movie start in the U.S. cinemas in December 1964.  Although first factory shots of the Fastback did not appear until March 65. So maybe just a missed opportunity caused by too many projects?

Pictures above:
Klaus Schaefer (

Picture on right: Matthew Mark Chitwood

Inside we'll find a special superior interior of black with golden vynil seat covers and similar colored accent treatment everywhere. This interior had a special code on the door tag.

Picture Klaus Schaefer
A very special item is this unique roof console featuring an oil and cooling temperature display plus a 8.000 rpm tachometer. 5 warning lights (later an option in the 67 up Mustangs) and 5 toggle switches such as in the Aston Martin DB5 are designed for functions we could just imagine or take from the actual DB5 in the movie.
We assign them until further verification for fog lights, oil throwing device, smoke device, maybe even for a machine gun and the killer-spinners. 4 indicator lights are there for fuel, open doors and hood and belts (maybe) plus 3 instruments for a tach, oil and water temperature. In addition you can see a dome light that is obviously a pre-runner of the later options. Both roof console and dome lights made it into production in the following Mustang models.

You can clearly spot the toggle switches from this point of view.
The car was stored before the B-J auction 2001 in a basement of the lottery winning lady.

Picture Matthew Mark Chitwood

The knock-off gas cap was fashioned after the wire-wheel knock-off spinners.

What happened to the car after its first appearance?

The speedometer still shows only 21.000 miles today, that does not narrate of a lot of use.
Indeed, the unique Mustang was stored - after its successful promotion use - for over 20 years in a garage of a Ford dealer until the son of that dealer (Brian) got it out and used it for drag racing.
Not much time later - actually in 1988, the car appeared in a Mustang Monthly classified ad. Richard Lee saved the car and restored and detailed it in a 2 years lasting process to its former glory.

Mustang Illustrated featured it after the restoration was finished in 1990.
It had 3 other owners following. After ending up and residing at the Lance Cunningham Ford dealership in Knoxville, Tennessee it was given as a lottery prize via a radiostation to Anna Ruth C., living in Tennessee. Her nephew auctioned it off for her 6 months later at Barrett Jackson in 2001.

Mustang Monthly did an article back then in May 1982 (or June 1984) based on factory pictures of the car. Picture Mathhew Mark Chitwood

Mustang Illustrated followed the story up when the car first appeared in public in 1990.
Picture Matthew Mark Chitwood


Ed Herbst  bought the car for about 34.500 acc. from Barrett Jackson auction list (2001). He contacted us in 2011 and obviously still has the car in his storage.
Oddities we spotted are the drivers side spare tire, the right rear fender motor antenna as well as the spinner style gas cap.
It features GT style exhaust trumpets, the original A-code was replaced with a K-code. Whenever this happened, Lee may be able to answer.
Based on  the eye witness report and the drag racing usage and restoration, many things could have happened to the originality or exactness of this car. We count on Lee that he did everything right to the point.
Here are some shots from the late 8oies appearance in magazine articles and from the former sarin/lunarpages website.

Credit will be corrected, if picture owner pops in.

An original press release shot features the airfighter inspired roof console.

Special Styled Steel Wheels with Gold Metal Flake accentuation of the center caps are another outstanding and unique feature on this car as well as the unique "spinner style" gas cap. 
But what would it be without the respective engine? A Shelby modified engine with 305HP was installed delivering its power to a C4-Cruise-o-matic and a Thunderbolt 9" rearend axle with Traction-Lok-Differential. It would have been up to the power a true James Bond needs.

Picture courtesy Matthew Mark Chitwood

Other options are:

  • Factory Air conditioning
  • Power steering
  • Clock in dash
  • Disc brakes - power assisted
  • Special floor mats
  • Heavy Duty suspension
  • GT dual exhaust system
  • AM radio
  • Rear electric antenna
  • Seat belts

We've got some further indication about the history from Mike in Florida in late 2007:
" I grew up in Plymouth, Michigan. A friend of mine who's dad worked for Ford was able to get his son (Brian Boland) a gold Mustang identical to the one you mention here. 
I remember the overhead console and gold seats along with the unique front piece with fog lights. Brian drove it for about two years just like it was pictured. There was a large area I think on the hood where the gold metal flake chipped off in large pieces. The cars was primered for a long time after. 
Brian had numerious engine and trans mods completed by Doug Nash racing. I was at Doug Nash on a couple of occasions with Brain and this car. He raced it at both Detroit and Milan Dragways. Two tow bar brakets were installed on the front of the car. The car in about 1971 was repainted at Dearborn Steel Tubing (DST). I witnessed it being painted. 

Brian worked there doing odd jobs more than anything. I think it was the Ford connection that got him the job there. I moved from Plymouth and Michigan in 1972 and the last time I saw the car it was in gold metal flake but had not been sanded and finished. I remember the wheels with gold inserts also." Mike

Thanks, Mike


Ed Herbst - the last and current owner - sent us new pics of the Fastback in 2011.
Here is the car as stored in his garage. Ed is a very busy entrepreneur, who likes to put his money investments into vintage cars. In his Bond collection, where a DB5 is of course included, the addition of this Goldfinger Fastback was a rare find.

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