1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
The Ford Mustang debuted on April 16, 1964 as a 1965 model. These early Mustangs are sometimes referred to as 1964 ½ models, or early 1965 models.
Only the coupe and convertible models were initially available, with the fastback coming in September 1964. Also available in September 1964 was the GT version which included upgraded brakes and suspension, dual exhausts, and grill-mounted fog lamps.
Early 1965 Mustangs had a generator instead of an alternator. The warning light on the dash will be marked "GEN" or "ALT" respectively.
The Mustang originally came standard with a 170 cubic inch inline six rated at 105 horsepower, with a 260 cu in V-8 (164 hp), a 289 cu in V-8 (210 hp), and a "K-code" high performance 289 rated at 271 hp and 312 ft-lbs of torque as options. In September 1964, a 200 cid inline six with 120 hp replaced the smaller six, a two- barrel 289 (200 hp) replaced the 260, and the 289 four-barrel was improved to 225 hp and 305 ft-lbs of torque.
Over 680,000 1965 Mustangs were produced.
1965 Shelby Mustang
A streetable race version of the Mustang was produced by Carroll Shelby and called the GT-350. It included improved suspension, a fiberglass hood with functioning hood scoop, the removal of the rear seat, and a modified 289 hi-po engine rated at 306 horsepower.
All 1965 GT-350's were white with dual blue racing stripes running from the hood to the trunk. A full race version, the GT-350R, was also available.
The ‘65 GT-350 had louvers on the rear sail panel (C-pillar).
1965 Mustang Key Differences
The honeycomb grill was unique to '65 Mustangs. The rear quarter panel side trim was also unique for 1965. The horizontal chrome bars in the grill were not used in 1966, but did return in 1967 when the Mustang was redesigned.
The First Generation of Mustangs were produced from April 1964 to 1973, but only 1965 to 1966 Mustangs had the first version body style. Though 1967-68 Mustangs look somewhat similar, the bodies are completely different.
How to Identify a 1965 Mustang
1965 Mustang Convertible
1965 Mustang Fastback
1965 Mustang Grill
1965 Mustang Grill Horse Emblem
1965 Mustang Grill Mesh
1965 Mustang Side
1965 Mustang Side Panel Trim
1965 Mustang Gas Cap
1965 Mustang Rear Louvers
1965 Mustang Hood
1965 Mustang Fender Emblem
1965 Mustang 289 Emblem
1965 Mustang High Performance 289 Emblem
1965 Mustang Taillight
1965 Mustang Back Up Light
1965 Mustang Headlight
1965 Mustang Interior
1965 Mustang Pony Interior
1965 Mustang Wheel
More 1965 Mustang Pictures
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