The car believed to be the second Ford Mustang ever to roll off a Ford assembly line will cross the block at an Indianapolis auction next month where it’s expected to sell for more than $500,000.

But more interesting than that, says Hemmings, is that this particular Mustang hardtop has a cool Canadian connection.

While Mustang 100001 – a V8-powered convertible – sold before the car’s official launch date to a very excited buyer in Newfoundland and eventually ended up in The Henry Ford Museum, number 100002, the six-cylinder coupe that’s going up for auction in a few weeks, found itself in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

The guy who owns Mustang 100002 is Bob Fria – author of the book Mustang Genesis – and he theorizes the reason two of the first Mustangs ended up in a couple of Canada’s least-populated regions is because they had to be shipped early to reach those destinations in time for the car’s launch.

Perhaps it was the car’s basic spec – six-cylinder engine, 13-inch wheels, block heater and not much else – that left it languishing in the sales lot until spring of 1965, about a year after the first examples of the now-revered pony car reached showrooms.

Hemmings says number 100002 served the ignominious role of a dealer demonstrator before it finally found its first of more than a dozen owners in Canada and the U.S. Then Fria found it, and spent two years restoring the car.

And now this car is about to get its due at the Mecum Indianapolis auction, which is counting on the coupe to catch anywhere from $450,000 to $650,000.

(via Hemmings)