I’ve received a couple of contact requests asking about the Pink Mustang, one a 1965 Mustang and the other a 1967 Mustang that could be Playboy Pink. This round of questions prompted me to round up some resources to share with you.
I have no paint code on my door tag?
I’m about to go through the same process as you with a 1965 Pink Mustang convertible. Naturally, there is no paint code I can look up (blank data plate), but I have a couple of excellent locations to match up against. I was wondering what you found the best way of getting an accurate match for your paint. Spectral analyzer? DuPont Paint chip book? I don’t want to suffer through poor color matchups, getting this right the first time is crucial to me. Do you have any words of wisdom/suggestions to do it right the first time?
I have just bought a 67 Mustang just like the one in your post. It is Pink no color code on the door plate, VIN matches the door plate car is still Pink. Trunk etc. How many were made like this. I have been around Mustangs all my life. Never have seen a real Pink car. Pretty cool..the funny thing is I paid $2500 one month ago its a driver. How does this color effect the value?
Both of these are great questions, I asked the same questions myself when I began the restoration on Project Playboy; where can I find the paint code, there isn’t one stamped on the door tag so it must be a special order color possibly Playboy Pink. How many were produced and how would the color effect the value?
Horse of a Different Color
I’ve been told: “If there is not a paint code on your door tag and the car is a shade of Pink that it is a Playboy Pink Mustang”
This statement may or may not be true; here is an example of two 1967 Mustangs, both Pink, assembled at the San Jose California Ford Assembly Plant, and both do not have a paint code stamped on the door tag. One of them is Playboy Pink and the other is Dusk Rose as indicated on the Marti Report
I’ve also been told that Ford never introduced the term Playboy Pink; but here it is above in the Marti Report.
More than one shade of Pink
Ford was painting shades of Pink as early as the 1957 Thunderbird. The ford Mustang received its first shade of Pink during the 1964 1/2 production run; one of those Mustangs went to Playboy Playmate Of The Year “Donna Michelle“. Was this the beginning of the term Playboy Pink Mustang?
Related Source: Donna Michelle’s 1965 Playmate Pink Convertible in Australia
Ford continued producing Pink Mustangs through the early 70’s, but didn’t actually release the true Playboy shade until the middle of 1967 production.
Playboy Playmate Of The Year “Connie Kreski” received a 1969 Shelby GT500; I wonder what the paint code is? Could all of these Mustangs be coined as being some Playboy color?
Matching the paint
If you want your color to match the original you should be involved in the process especially when dealing with everyone else’s version of Pink from Playmate Pink, Passion Pink, Playboy Pink and even Dusk Rose.
Your best approach is to due your research, get a Marti Report to validate the correct shade of Pink and have your local PPG paint supply house mix up a touch up sample; PPG has great crossover formulas dating back to the 1930’s so you’ll probably get a paint match on the first shot like I did. Be sure to salvage a small part off your Mustang that has the original paint on it so you can compare and confirm a match.
What is the value of my Pink Mustang
Will the fact that your Mustang is a special order color effect its resale value? That all depends on where you market your Mustang for sale, who the potential buyers are and if you can get your Mustang in front of those buyers that would have interest in a Pink Mustang.
National publication like Auto Trader Classics will give you broad national coverage and taking your car to a collector car auction like Russo and Steele will put you in the middle of an arena surrounded by serious car enthusiasts, you just need two potential buyers on the block to battle it out for the winning bid.
Getting an Elite Marti Report on your Mustang like I have for Project Playboy will also add to its value, even if its not yet a beauty queen. You will also get validation on what exactly the paint color and code is, and a list of factory installed options.
Playboy Pink Facts and Fiction
In 1967 Ford offered, through at least one promotional effort a Mustang color called Playboy Pink (Ditzler #71617). It is often mistakenly believed that that a Playboy Pink 1967 Mustang is either a prize awarded to that years Playmate of the Year, or a replica of that years prize.
There were only two Mustangs provided as official cars for the Playmate of the Year; a 1964 1/2 Mustang and a 1969 Shelby GT-500
|Vehicles awarded to Playmate of the Year from 1964-1973
|1964 Donna Michelle
|1965 Jo Collins
|1966 Allison Parks
|1967 Lisa Baker
|1968 Angela Dorian
|1969 Connie Kreski
|1969 Shelby GT500
|1970 Claudia Jennings
|1971 Sharon Clark
|Spectra 20 Ski Boat
|1972 Liv Lindeland
|1973 Marilyn Cole
|Volvo Sports Wagon
- A Journey To Preserve and Restore a Pink Mustang
- Pinky: Marti Report and other photos
- Book: Mustang ’64 1/2-’68 By Tom Corcoran
- Book: Mustang Special Editions By Brad Bowling, Jerry Heasley
- teambenya’s photostream: Collection of photos