Mustang Timeline: 1965

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Ford added a fastback to its 1965 Mustang lineup, but the coupe continued to be the best seller of the group. The coupe outsold the convertible and fastback individually five to one, accounting for nearly 75 percent of total sales.

The first Mustang GT was introduced in April of 1965. They were available in all three body styles. Two optional V-8 engines were offered with the GT with either 225 or 271 hp and a choice of a three- or four-speed manual, or a Cruise-O-Matic transmission. The '65 GT also included a special dashboard instrument cluster that became standard in 1966. The GT had stripes on the lower body sides, fog lamps in the grille, dual exhaust tips, and GT badges on the front fenders. The GT upgrade was an extra $165.03.

An interior upgrade was available for 1965 and 1966 Mustangs. The Deluxe or "Pony" Interior included two-tone seats with running horses stamped on the backs.

The first Shelby Mustang was introduced in 1965. They were all fastbacks with no rear seat and the spare tire mounted under the rear windshield. The 289 was hopped up to 306 hp. They were all Wimbledon White fastbacks with black interior and Guardsman Blue stripes. The fuel door wore the pony & tribar Mustang enmblem.

Unique Performance began making Shelby G.T. 350 SR Mustangs in 2004. The cars were built using 1965 and 1966 fastbacks, but modern engine and suspension technology. The first unit produced sold at the 2004 Barrett-Jackson Auction for $151,200. Unique Performance also makes 1967 Shelby G.T.500 "Eleanor" replicas.

1964's Goldfinger was the first major motion picture to show a Mustang. James Bond drove an Aston Martin DB5 while chasing Tilly Masterson in a white 1964 1/2 Mustang convertible. Bond's center caps popped out and became spinning blades, which slashed the Mustang's tires and destroyed the body panels. There was also a gold fastback created for the movie, but it wasn't ready in time for production. Check out The Pony Site for pictures and information on the car.

Thunderball also showed a Ford Mustang; Fiona Volpe drove a Sky Blue 1965 Mustang convertible.

Engines
200cid 1V 6-cyl 120 hp   T Code
289cid 2V V-8 200 hp   C Code
289cid 4V V-8 225 hp   A Code
289cid 4V V-8 271 hp Hi-Po K Code
289cid* 4V V-8 306 hp Hi-Po K Code

*Shelby G.T. 350


Prices
Convertible, standard $2,557
Coupe, standard $2,320
Fastback, standard $2,533

Production
Convertible, standard 65,663
Convertible, bench seats 2,111
Convertible, luxury 5,338
Coupe, standard 372,123
Coupe, bench seats 14,905
Coupe, luxury 22,232
Fastback, standard 71,303
Fastback, luxury 5,776
Total 559,451
Shelby Production
Competition models (R) 36
Racing and special models 12
Street production models 516
Total 564

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Colors

Caspian Blue
Champagne Beige
Dynasty Green
Honey Gold
Ivy Green
Midnight Turquoise
Poppy Red
Prairie Bronze
Rangoon Red

Raven Black
Silver Blue
Silversmoke Gray
Springtime Yellow
Sunlight Yellow
Tropical Turquoise
Vintage Burgundy
Wimbledon White


Vehicle Identification Numbers
5 Last digit of model year
T Assembly plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)
07 Body code (07-coupe, 08-convertible, 09-Fastback)
F Engine code
100001 Consecutive unit number

Example:

5T07F100001

Shelby Vehicle Identification Numbers
SFM Shelby Ford Mustang
5 Last digit of model year
S S-Street, R-Race
001 Consecutive unit number

Example:

SFM5S001

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Photos
Deluxe "Pony" Interior
Coupe
Convertible
Harald Erik Uggen's
Fastback
GT Coupe
German T-5
German T-5
Gene Clennon's
Gene Clennon's
GT Convertible
GT Fastback
1964 World's Fair
1964 World's Fair
1964 World's Fair
Shelby
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Standard Wheel
Cragar Wheel
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350
Shelby G.T. 350R
Shelby G.T. 350R
Shelby G.T. 350R
Shelby G.T. 350R
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR
Shelby G.T. 350 SR

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