2009 Shannons Classic Vehicle Auction at MotorEx
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback (LHD)
|Body Work||Fastback Coupe|
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The original, and to many still the best, of the "ponycars" that flooded the domestic market in the mid-1960s was Ford's Mustang. Indeed, so popular was the Mustang that it broke all kinds of sales records for a new model when it was first launched mid-year, on the 17th of April, 1964 to be exact. The combination of good looks, a huge range of options and that most intangible of assets - image - proved irresistible to new car buyers. With production commencing mid-way through the 1964 model year, the first full season for the Mustang was in 1965 and so only minor changes were made, chiefly to the electrical system, switching from a generator to an alternator. The choice of engines was further extended and the small-block 289-cid V8 was made available in three states of tune, while biggest news of all was the addition of a stylish new fastback coupe body to the range, with two-plus-two seating. Carroll Shelby contributed to the popularity of the fastback style, using it as the basis of his famous Shelby Mustangs, and it remains the most sought after shape today. The timeless appeal of the Mustang can be attributed to the combination of all the original virtues that made them so popular in the 1960s, with a great deal of cool today. With parts still readily - and cheaply - available, Mustangs are easy to work on and restore and always rewarding to drive.