1965 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang made its first public appearance at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. On the same day of its World’s Fair debut, the mid-engine sports car also debuted in Ford dealerships all across the country, and became an instant hit. Of course, this could be attributed to a brilliant marketing move by Ford - the night before this debut, Ford commercials for the all-new Mustang appeared simultaneously on all three major television networks. Naturally, everyone had to be the first one to own the new car, and the whole country was talking about it. The Mustang was an impressive combination of sporty aesthetic, economy, and performance and came at a pretty affordable price at the time. It was nicknamed the “working man’s Thunderbird.” The Mustang featured long front hoods and short rear decks, with wrap-around bumpers in chrome, and chrome grills with the iconic horse symbol. They came with three engine choices, and the buyer could choose a 3-speed, 4-speed, or automatic transmission, with a variety of rear-end gear ratios. On the inside, the buyer could choose bucket or bench style seats for the front, and would have full floor carpeting, a bench seat in the back, a steering wheel fit for a sports car, and floor mounted gear shift. The Mustang eventually became known as the first “Pony Car,” and began the pony car craze that swept America.An estimated 22,000 Mustangs left dealerships immediately, and that impact hasn’t changed much. Within the first year of production, Ford sold 400,000 of them.

Not long after the initial introduction, it was time for the 1965 models to make an appearance. Even though the Mustang had a phenomenal first year, there’s always room for improvement. Some changes were made to the original it came to be known in some circles as a “1964 and a half” model as a way to differentiate between an earlier and later version of the original Mustang. Some of the bigger changes included the 289 cid V8 taking the place of the 260, and an alternator replacing a direct-current generator. The driver’s seat became adjustable and the spare tire brackets were revised in this model. 1965 also saw the introduction of the Shelby Mustang race cars thanks to a partnership with Carroll Shelby, creator of the AC Cobra. Smoky Mountain Traders has a hand-selected inventory of some of the best classic Ford Mustangs available, and invites you to contact us with any questions you may have.