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1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

After releasing the Hardtop and Convertible at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Ford later released the Fastback for the 1965 model year. It came with all the same options and features as the earlier models, but had a fastback design inspired by the cars like the Ferrari 250 GTO, Corvette Stingray and Jaguar E-Type.

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.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

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.

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.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Dearborn, USA
body stylist Joe Oros, L. David Ash, Gale Halderman, John Foster
interior designer Damon Woods
engineers Donald N. Frey
engine High Performance V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
bore 101.60 mm / 4.00 in
stroke 72.90 mm / 2.87 in
compression 10.5:1
power 202.1 kw / 271 bhp
bhp/weight 198.97 bhp per tonne
torque 423.0 nm / 312 ft lbs
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Platform Chassis
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Disc
front tires 6.50-13
rear tires 6.50-13
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
front wheels F 33.0 x 11.4 cm / 13 x 4.5 in
rear wheels R 33.0 x 11.4 cm / 13 x 4.5 in
f suspension A-Frame and Lower Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Solid Axle w/Leaf Springs
curb weight 1362 kg / 3000 lbs
wheelbase 2743 mm / 108 in
front track 1407 mm / 55.4 in
rear track 1422 mm / 56.0 in
length 4613 mm / 181.6 in
width 1727 mm / 68 in
height 1295 mm / 51 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.78:1, 1.93:1, 1.36:1, 1.00:1

Auction Sales History

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback K-Code 289/271 HP – did not sell for $70,000 From the McMurrey Family Collection. Rare Tri-Power carburetion setup. Rotisserie restoration using almost all NOS parts. Correct K-Code 289/271 HP engine. Factory color combination, codes T/64. Candy Apple Red with Parchment Pony interior. First Place winner in many shows. Auction Source: The Daytime Auction in Monterey by Mecum