The introduction of the Mustang in April, 1964 ended up being the biggest thing since the Beatles (and, come to think of it, the Beetle too) a few months before. But Ford was faced with an interesting conundrum in Germany when it wanted to sell what basically was a Falcon with a sexier body.
In Europe, Ford had studios in the UK and Germany (with the latter’s Taunus being a popular car that eventually evolved into the Sierra, Mondeo, and today’s Fusion). That gave Ford a network to sell Mustangs, but the company learned that another company owned the rights to the name in Germany. Rather than pay the exorbitant sum the company was demanding, Ford decided to rename the Mustang for the German market.
They called it the “T-5.”
Now what is a T-5? Sounds like a wristwatch or a ship from World War II, but to you and me and Gerhardt (whoever that is), it was a Mustang in anything but name.
As you can imagine, not many T-5s were sold in Germany, so when I stumbled upon this Mach I T-5, I knew it was a special vehicle. If you look at the Marti Report, you can see that it’s typical of the Mach Is built in 1971 with Bright Blue metallic paint, black Clarion knit/Corinthian vinyl buckets, automatic, power steering and front disc brakes, plus tilt wheel and rear window defogger. But scan the option list and you’ll also find “T-5 package,” export label, and metric speedo. According to the Collector Car Showroom in Livermore, CA, only two Mach I T-5s were sold in Germany in 1971. I haven't see the documentation that shows this to be true, but Kevin Marti's Mustang by the Numbers shows 277 T-5 fastbacks (that includes Mach Is and Boss 351s) were exported to Germany.