The Ford Mustang debuted as a simple
sports car powered by a 170 cid six cylinder and a pair
Originally named after the much lauded World War 2 fighter, the
P-51 Mustang, preliminary allusions were made to the
horse, and the horse motif quickly became the emblem
for the Mustang.
Buyers loved its low price, long hood,
short trunk styling, and its myriad of options. Ford
loved its high volume sales and visibility.
In mid 1964, Ford introduced a sporty 2+2 fastback body style to go
along with the hardtop coupe and convertible.
Enthusiasts also cheered the new "K-code" 271bhp
289 cid V8 that finally put some performance to match
the Mustang's good looks.
For those that wanted more,
the legendary Carroll Shelby and Ford collaborated
to produce the Shelby GT-350, a Ford Mustang fastback
specially tuned by Shelby.
The 289 V8 produced 306bhp
in street tune and around 360bhp in special GT-350R
race tune. These Shelby's had no back seat, were only available in white
and were fully race ready.
1965 Ford Mustang
| 2 Door Hardtop
|170 Inline 6cylinder - 101 bhp
|200 Inline 6 Cylinder - 120 bhp
|260 V8 - 164 bhp
| 289 V8 - 225 bhp
| 289 V8 - 271 bhp
| 289 V8 - 306 bhp (GT-350)
| 289 V8 - 360 bhp (GT-350R)