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Chicken Coop Find! 1969 Mustang GT R-Code Convertible

Chicken Coop Find! 1969 Mustang GT R-Code Convertible

The two-decade evolution of a worn “chicken coop find” that was Read More

The Historic “Green Hornet” 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby EXP 500 Headed for a Historically-Correct Restoration Before MCACN 2018 Debut

The Historic “Green Hornet” 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby EXP 500 Headed for a Historically-Correct Restoration Before MCACN 2018 Debut

While the iconic Highland Green 1968 Mustang used in the movie Bullitt Read More

Rare Find: Very First 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Ordered With Super Cobra Jet V-8, Drag Pack & 4.30 Gears

Rare Find: Very First 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Ordered With Super Cobra Jet V-8, Drag Pack & 4.30 Gears

“Neither he nor I knew it was an early car,” Mike in Maryland says Read More

A Lime Gold 1967 Shelby G.T. 500 Personalized by Carroll Himself

A Lime Gold 1967 Shelby G.T. 500 Personalized by Carroll Himself

McKeel Hagerty’s 1967 Shelby G.T. 500 is a keeper, personalized by Read More

Week To Wicked: The First Road Trip (of Many!)

Week To Wicked: The First Road Trip (of Many!)

After some final shakedown driving and a full detail, the Week To Read More

A Better-Than-New 1966 Mustang GT

A Better-Than-New 1966 Mustang GT

Randy Roberts likes to get out and drive his Mustang, and built this Read More

Coyote-Swapped Street/Track 1966 Mustang Fastback

Coyote-Swapped Street/Track 1966 Mustang Fastback

Mark Thomure’s 1966 Mustang fastback might look like an old-school Read More

First Drive: Classic Recreations’ Ford Mustang GT500CR

First Drive: Classic Recreations’ Ford Mustang GT500CR

LOS ANGELES, California — Jason Engel is a mentalist. Engel, with Read More

Nouveau Shelby 1965 Mustang Fastback

Nouveau Shelby 1965 Mustang Fastback

As much art as there is in the execution of updating a classic muscle Read More

Rare Pair of Cobra Jets: 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible & 1971 Ford Mustang Convertible

Rare Pair of Cobra Jets: 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible & 1971 Ford Mustang Convertible

Double car feature on a 1969 Mercury Cougar convertible Cobra Jet and Read More

Mach 1 Restoration Brings Father and Daughters Together

Mach 1 Restoration Brings Father and Daughters Together

Timothy Baba uses his 1969 Mach 1 restoration as a means to connect Read More

A Poor Man’s Mach 1: 1969 Mustang Fastback

A Poor Man’s Mach 1: 1969 Mustang Fastback

This 1969 Mustang Fastback is a one-of-46 Mach 1 bought from the Read More

In Search of a Rare 428SCJ Drag Pack Mustang Mach 1

In Search of a Rare 428SCJ Drag Pack Mustang Mach 1

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1965 Mustang Hardtop - Father and Sons Project for the Ages

1965 Mustang Hardtop - Father and Sons Project for the Ages

Scott Horn’s 1965 Mustang hardtop is a father/sons project done Read More

The Tenth Shelby G.T. 350 Built was a Prototype

The Tenth Shelby G.T. 350 Built was a Prototype

From test car to prototype to movie star, this ’65 Shelby G.T. 350 Read More


About

In the early 1960s in response to the success of the Corvair Monza, Ford president Lee Iacocca formed a clandestine "Fairlane Committee" with other executives to explore the feasibility of developing a sporty compact car for the emerging Baby-Boomer generation. Knowing that Henry Ford II was still bitter about the recent failure of the Edsel, Iacocca and his group kept development costs low by utilizing existing drivetrains and basing the new car on the Falcon platform. After much debate about a name, "Mustang" was finally chosen, initially for the World War II fighter plane but later taking on an equestrian identity as a "wild horse of the western plains.

Ford introduced the '65 Mustang on April 13, 1964, at the New York World's Fair, followed by an elaborate marketing and advertising campaign prior to the car's public introduction on April 17. The new car was an immediate success, with dealers taking orders for 22,000 on the first day. Over 400,000 were sold in first 12 months; sales topped one million in the first two years. It remains one of the most successful car launches of all-time.

Based on evolving variants of the Falcon chassis, Mustangs produced from '65-'73 are recognized as the "first generation." When first introduced, '65 Mustangs were available as hardtops and convertibles with a fastback joining the line-up in August 1964. Cars built from March to mid-August 1964 are known as "'64½" models because they were produced during Ford's 1964 production cycle, although all first-year Mustangs carry a '65 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

The first Mustang was a long hood, short rear deck design, providing a sports car profile in a four-seat configuration. A number of design cues – open grille, side sculpting to emulate rear brake scoops, and tri-bar taillights – would become Mustang styling features for the future.

In late 1964, Ford asked Carroll Shelby to prepare Mustang fastbacks for sports car racing. By removing the back seat and modifying the engine/suspension, Shelby created the GT 350, both as a street model and an SCCA race car, known as the "R-Model," which went on to win the 1965 B-Production championship. Shelby Mustangs were offered through '70.

Evolution

Marking the Mustang's first anniversary on April 17, 1965, Ford added a pair of packages to the Mustang's option list. To create the first GT Mustang, the GT Equipment Group included fog lamps, side stripes, "trumpet" exhaust tips, and heavy-duty suspension. A Décor Interior Group came with woodgrain trim, molded door panels, and unique bucket seats with embossed running horses, inspiring the name "Pony interior."

For 1967, the Mustang was updated for the first time with new, more sculpted sheetmetal and its own interior, as opposed to the Falcon-style interior of the earlier models. The Mustang also grew in size to accommodate the 390 big-block engine as an option. Shelby added a new GT 500 model with a dual-quad 428 engine. Mustang joined the musclecar ranks with the introduction of the 428 Cobra Jet engine for the GT on April 1, 1968. Earlier in 1968, Cobra Jet Mustangs won the Super Stock class at the NHRA Winternationals.

The 1969 Mustang grew once again, becoming more muscular in appearance. Two new models debuted – the Mach 1 for the fastback, now called "SportsRoof," and a luxury Grande for the hardtop. A Ram-Air option for the 428 Cobra Jet added a "Shaker" hood scoop that protruded through the hood. The Boss models were introduced at mid-year to homologate special engines for racing – the Boss 429 for NASCAR and the Boss 302 for Trans-Am. Parnelli Jones and George Follmer won the 1970 Trans-Am championship in Boss 302 Mustangs prepared by Bud Moore.

With larger engines predicted for the future, the '71 Mustang grew larger still, reaching almost intermediate size. The 428 Cobra Jet was replaced by the 429 Cobra Jet, while the Boss 302 gave way to the Boss 351 when Ford discontinued racing activities in the summer of 1970. With increasing insurance rates and stricter emissions requirements, the 429 disappeared in '72, leaving the four-barrel 351 as the top performance engine for '72-'73.