The Phenomenon Of The 1965 Ford Mustang

The 1965 Ford Mustang is a pony car that’s been making history since it first hit the market, and it’s easy to see why. Its sleek lines and the throaty growl of its powerful V8 engine make this a ride that’s a thrill to drive and a pleasure to look at whether it’s parked or cruising down the street.

1965 Mustang Hardtop Coupe
1965 Ford Mustang image courtesy of Pixabay

1965 Ford Mustang History

Whirling in the mind of a young Lee Iacocca, was the concept of introducing a reasonably priced sports car to a youth flooded car market. So, in April 1964 at the Worlds Fair, the first Ford Mustang was introduced. The response was tremendous. Nearly 700,000 buyers weighed in and the popularity of this car was established.

’65 Mustang First Release Sales Records

The Mustang was Ford’s response to the popular Chevrolet Corvair. But, much more than that, it set the stage for the muscle car era. The 65 “‘tang” made the cover of Time and Newsweek before it hit the market to entice an awaiting buyer. The first release of this car made a sales record for the car industry.

’65 Mustang V8 engines

The basic car had a 101-horsepower six-cylinder engine with a three-speed manual transmission floor shift, but quickly, a 260-cubic-inch V-8 with 164 horsepower was offered. The 289-cubic-inch version of that V-8 with 200, 225 and 271 horsepower were the next available options. The 260 and the 289 caught the attention of Carroll Shelby and were placed in his Cobra cars. The V8 engines sold 3-to-1 over the 6-cylinder motors.

2+2 Fastback Mustang

The fastback design evolved as a collaboration between Ford and Carroll Shelby. Two engine versions were introduced. One with a 306hp as a street version and the other 360hp (GT-350R) that was ready to race. Thus the highly collectible Shelby Mustang fastback made its appearance.

’65 Mustang Hardtop Coupe

The hardtop (the model shown in the image above) was the most popular of the Mustang designs in 1965. Ford sold over 500,000 hardtop models. That was heads over the convertible and fastback models.

Mustang ’65 Convertible

The first run of the Mustang was 1964 & 1/2 that included the coupe and the convertible. The Convertible sold to over 100,000 buyers.

The 1965 Ford Mustang is still as popular among automotive enthusiasts today as when it was first introduced.

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