1964→1965 Ford Mustang Hardtop

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Hardtop
Journalists on the road during the introductory Ford Mustang Road Rally in April 1964.

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Hardtop

Ford released their first Mustang at the 1964 New York World’s Fair as a 1965 model year car. It was immediately well received and broke production records in the first year. Production began in March 1964 win 1965 VIN numbers, but with subtle differences, the early cars are sometimes referred to as 1964½.

At the time of sale, the Mustang was sold alongside the Falcon, Fairlane and Thuderbird as a more compact option. To cut down on production costs and maintenance, the Mustang borrowed many common components from the other Ford products.

The project was managed by Lee Iacocca who wanted a four-seater car, no longer than 180 inches that could sell for less than $2,500 USD and have multiple performance and luxury options.

The Mustang came with either a Thiftpower Inline-6 or a variant of the Windsor V8. The most powerful option was the HiPo 289 V8 which offered 271 bhp. Transmissions included a 3 or 4-speed manual with an optional Cruise-O-Matic 3-Speed automatic.

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Hardtop
The 1965 Ford Mustang hardtop on display in the Ford Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair during its debut on April 17, 1964.
1964→1965 Ford Mustang Hardtop
Journalists on the road during the introductory Ford Mustang Road Rally in April 1964.

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Hardtop

Colors for the model included Raven Black, Wimbledon White, Rangoon Red, Silver Smoke Grey, Guardsman Blue, Skylight Blue, Caspian Blue, Dynasty Green, Chantilly Beige, Vintage Burgundy, Prairie Bronze, Samoan Coral, Red Metallic, Padoga Green and Chrome Yellow with either Black, Red, Blue, Palomino or White interior.

A GT Equipment Package became available in 1965 that added grill-mounted fog lamps, rocker panel stripes, disc brakes and extra interior gauges.

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
production years1964 – 1965
built atDearborn, USA
body stylistJoe Oros, L. David Ash, Gale Halderman, John Foster
interior designerDamon Woods
engineersDonald N. Frey
engineHigh Performance V8
positionFront, Longitudinal
bore101.60 mm / 4.00 in
stroke72.90 mm / 2.87 in
power202.1 kw / 271 bhp
bhp/weight198.97 bhp per tonne
torque423.0 nm / 312 ft lbs
body / frameSteel Body over Steel Platform Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeSteel Disc
front tires6.50-13
rear tires6.50-13
front brakesDrums
rear brakesDrums
front wheelsF 33.0 x 11.4 cm / 13 x 4.5 in
rear wheelsR 33.0 x 11.4 cm / 13 x 4.5 in
f suspensionA-Frame and Lower Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionSolid Axle w/Leaf Springs
curb weight1362 kg / 3000 lbs
wheelbase2743 mm / 108 in
front track1407 mm / 55.4 in
rear track1422 mm / 56.0 in
length4613 mm / 181.6 in
width1727 mm / 68 in
height1295 mm / 51 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.78:1, 1.93:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1

Auction Sales History

1964→1965 Ford Mustang Hardtop

1965 Ford Mustang 289 Racing Car 5F07C602557 – sold for €67,200 This notchback Mustang has had vast expense lavished on it in order to build it into an ideal historic race/rally competitor. The shell was sent to highly regarded preparer Rae Davis Racing, and main assembly and preparation was carried out by the talented men at CCK Historics of Kent, with an array of invoices for their work and the parts purchased on file. Auction Source: 2014 Paris by RM Auctions