65 Mustang For Sale

Published: 09th August 2010
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Ford launched the pony car phenomenon of the 1960s when they introduced the Mustang in April 1964 as a 1965 model at the New York World's Fair. The excitement grew to a fevered pitch the following day as Americans read about the great revealing in newspapers throughout the country. A marketing blitz by Ford followed including a showcasing of the car in the James Bond film Goldfinger, which entered theaters in September 1964.

The sales throughout that period made this the most successful launch for Ford since the Model A over 35 years earlier. Ford had originally estimated less than 100,000 Ford Mustang units sold, but the company sold that amount within 3 months from the time the car premiered at the New York World's Fair. Ford reached the one-million-unit mark just 18 months after the car's inception.

Ford had released the 1965 Mustang for sale in April 1964, but August was the traditional start of a model year. Ford had some minor revisions and tweaks in place for this "new" model that Ford rolled out in August just in time for the Goldfinger promos. Therefore, for the 1965 Mustang for sale there were actually two series. Enthusiasts often refer to the early series as the 1964 ½, and the 1965 as the start of the range known as the "late 65s".

Almost all of the features added to the 1965 Mustang for sale had already been available as options on the 1964 ½. This could have led to two distinct series that were impossible to tell apart from each other visually. However, with the second series, Ford changed from the generator included with the 1964 ½ models to the alternator. Still to this day, the easiest way to identify a 1965 is to look at that dashboard. If the panel has a "GEN" light, it's a 1964 ½, and if it has an "ALT" light, it's a second-series 1965.

However, the biggest area of change for the 1965 Mustang for sale in August 1964 was undoubtedly in the engine lineup. All engine options were upgraded to a higher output level. Ford replaced the base 101-horsepower 170-cubic-inch 6-cylinder with a 120-horsepower 200-cubic-inch 6-cylinder. They replaced the mid-level 260-cubic-inch V8 that produced 164 horsepower with a 289 cubic-inch V8 that produced 200 horsepower. Finally, Ford replaced the top-level 210-horsepower 289-cubic-inch V8 with a 225-horsepower 289-cubic-inch V8.

Two factors fueled these changes to the engine lineup. One, the already more powerful Pontiac GTO was selling exceptionally well. In response to this, Ford released a 271-horsepower 289-cubic-inch V8 in June 1964. Ford only sold approximately 7,200 Mustangs with this engine, but the sales were enough to let them know that they needed more power in the range. The 271-horsepower engine was left as-is when Ford introduced the second series in August. Mustangs with this 289 came with a 4-speed manual transmission, a special handling package, and 14-inch Red Band tires. It may not have been as powerful as the GTO, but it was heck of a lot more fun to drive.

For enthusiasts seeking a 1965 Mustang for sale, there is good news, and there is bad news. The good news is that 1965 Mustangs are not hard to find. The bad news is that it has become almost impossible to find one that needs work. This used to be a great way for the enthusiast to get his or her foot in the door. Now an enthusiast is looking at $10,000-$15,000 for one in decent but running condition.

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