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Building a “Day 2” Mustang with Period Performance Parts

Building a “Day 2” Mustang with Period Performance Parts

“All my other cars I put back stock,” Rob Ream said. This time, Read More

Three Month Power Tour Thrash 1970 Mustang Coupe

Three Month Power Tour Thrash 1970 Mustang Coupe

As enthusiasts, like you, we at HOT ROD tend to report for you the Read More

Garage-Find 1965 Ford Shelby G.T. 350 Comes Home After Nearly 50 Years

Garage-Find 1965 Ford Shelby G.T. 350 Comes Home After Nearly 50 Years

This 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang has all the immediately recognizable Read More

Resurrected! Carl Holbrook’s Old Super Stock 1969 Mustang 428 Cobra Jet!

Resurrected! Carl Holbrook’s Old Super Stock 1969 Mustang 428 Cobra Jet!

Some Super Stockers have a rough life. They’re constantly being Read More

Ken Boyd Tells The Story Behind His 1966 Mustang GT

Ken Boyd Tells The Story Behind His 1966 Mustang GT

We’ll let Ken tell you the whole story on his love for the car and Read More

Mustang Girl Monday: Denise Polanco and her 1966 Mustang
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Mustang Girl Monday: Denise Polanco and her 1966 Mustang

Denise started looking around and found her 1966 Mustang "Pinky" in an Read More

Killer NASCAR-Powered 1965 Mustang Fastback project in progress

Killer NASCAR-Powered 1965 Mustang Fastback project in progress

This 1965 Fastback is nearing completion at Brown’s Classic Autos, Read More

One Man’s Search for the Perfect Shelby G.T. 350

One Man’s Search for the Perfect Shelby G.T. 350

He kept finding either Shelby clones or cars that were too far over Read More

A 1967 Ford Mustang For Wounded Soldiers

A 1967 Ford Mustang For Wounded Soldiers

We ran across James and Jennifer Shrader and their beautiful all-black Read More

Carl Moore and His 1967 Mustang GTA Fastback

Carl Moore and His 1967 Mustang GTA Fastback

The fully optioned, Deluxe interior-equipped fastback runs an Read More

The Saga of the 1965 Mustang Wagon

The Saga of the 1965 Mustang Wagon

We spotted Gloria Hoskiko’s white-with-blue-stripes G.T. 350 wagon Read More

1966 Fastback on the Outside, 1997 Mustang Cobra Underneath

1966 Fastback on the Outside, 1997 Mustang Cobra Underneath

It looks like it was one of the more radical cars at the show. Read More

Careful Planning Then Perfect Execution Results in a 1967 Mustang Fastback

Careful Planning Then Perfect Execution Results in a 1967 Mustang Fastback

To appreciate Alec and Eddy Shea’s Dark Horse 1967 Mustang fastback Read More

Is This the World’s Most Accurate 1968 Mustang Bullitt Clone?

Is This the World’s Most Accurate 1968 Mustang Bullitt Clone?

Two decades ago, Jason White was a teenager with no car affiliation, Read More

NOKOUT! Jim Knox’s 1965 Mustang Restomod

NOKOUT! Jim Knox’s 1965 Mustang Restomod

Jim’s coupe is a perfect example of what we call a restomod Mustang: 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.