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1965 - 1970
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1965 - 1970 MUSTANGS

What is the difference between a 65 and a 64? Many enthusiast refer early 65's as 64 1/2 models. These models were sold in the latter part of the 64 model year from April 17th to August 17th 1964, however the term 64 1/2 is technically incorrect. All vehicles built during 1964 were registered as 65's.

How can you tell the difference between early 65's and late 65's?

Different Electrical Systems

Early 65's were equipped with generators while late 65's had alternators.

Different Trim Oddities

Early 65's, passenger bucket seats were stationary while they could be moved forward and aft on late 65's.

Early 65's had a smaller shift handle on automatic transmission vehicles than that of the late 65's.

Different Engines

Early 65's: 170 c.i. 6 cylinder engine; 164hp 260 V8; 210hp 289 V8

Late 65's: 200 c.i. 6 cylinder engine; 200hp 289 V8; 225hp 289 V8

Both lines carried the high performance 271hp 289 V8 which was introduced in June 1964.

Different Body Styles

Early 65's included the Coupe and Convertible.

Late 65's added the Fastback (2+2) with the sleek, curved roofline to the Mustang line-up.

1965 Mustang

The 65 Mustang carried 3 body styles: Coupe. Convertible and Fastback (known as the 2+2)

1965 Coupe - Promo Picture


1965 Convertible


1965 Fastback (2+2) 271hp High Performance 289k, 4 speed transmission with a heavy duty suspension.


1665 Fastback (2+2) GT. The GT was introduced in April 1965 which included an upgraded instrument cluster and genuine gauges. Another option was the Special Handling Package which included quick ratio steering, rocker panel stripes, chrome exhaust tips and grille-mounted fog lights as seen above.

1965 Fastback (2+2) GT with Pony Interior. This feature featured embossed horses galloping across the seats, plus the upgraded five-gauge instrument panel. 

1965 Fastback (2+2) GT, 225hp 289 V8 automatic transmission.


       1966 Mustang

Little changes were made to the 66 Mustang. Ford's attitude was why change perfection since 555,451 '65 Mustangs were sold while the three plants in Dearborn, San Jose and Metuchen were not at full capacity. This would come in 1966 with 607,568 cars sold. The 3 body styles were continued to 1966 to included: Coupe. Convertible and Fastback (known as the 2+2)

Some changes were as follows:

Minor Body Changes:

Slight changes to the grille, hubcaps and gas cap.

The louvers on the side of the fastback's roof remained functional.

Backup lights and rear seat belts became standard features.

1966 Coupe, 271hp High Performance 289 Automatic.

1966 Coupe, 271hp High Performance 289 Automatic. Few buyers opted for this top engine: sales of the this motor fell from 7,373 to 5,469.


1966 Coupe interior.



1966 GT Convertible, 271hp High Performance 289-C.

1966 GT Convertible Interior.

1966 GT Convertible 289-C engine.


1966 Fastback (2+2) 289 four speed.

1966 Fastback (2+2) interior.

1966 Fastback (2+2) 289 four speed engine.


1966 Shelby Fastback GT350, 306hp C-4 with Pony Interior.

1966 Shelby 306hp C-4 engine.

1966 Shelby GT350 with Pony Interior.


1967 to 1970 Mustang






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