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The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car. The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of imitators.
Several changes to the Mustang occurred at the start of the normal 1965 model year production, five months after its introduction. These cars are known as “late 65′s,” and were built after factory retooling in August 1964. The engine lineup was changed, with a 200 cu in (3.3 L) “T-code” engine that produced 120 hp (89 kW; 122 PS). Production of the “F-code” 260 cu in (4.3 L) engine ceased when the 1964 model year ended. It was replaced with a new 200 hp (150 kW) “C-code” 289 cu in (4.7 L) engine with a two-barrel carburetor as the base V8. An “A-code” 225 hp (168 kW; 228 PS) four-barrel carbureted version was next in line, followed by the unchanged “Hi-Po” “K-code” 271 hp (202 kW; 275 PS) 289.
The DC electrical generator was replaced by a new AC alternator on all Fords (a way to distinguish a 1964 from a 1965 is to see if the alternator light on the dash says “GEN” or “ALT”). The Mustang GT version was introduced as the “GT Equipment Package” and included a V8 engine (most often the 225 hp (168 kW; 228 PS) 289), grille-mounted fog lamps, rocker panel stripes, and disc brakes. In the interior the GT option added a different instrument panel that included a speedometer, fuel gauge, temp. gauge, oil pressure gauge and ammeter in five round dials (the gauges were not marked with numbers, however.
Our 1965 Ford Mustang GT Convertible is a true first generation Mustang GT and is a virtual time capsule. The blue and white leather pony interior is in great shape with clear definition and very little creasing. The full power top looks great and works well. The original blue carpet is in fantastic shape as well though there are some portions where it has accrued weathering. A glance inside the engine compartment will reveal the sheer scope of this Mustang’s originality due to the components and condition of the compartment itself. All of the dials and gauges inside the cockpit work and are easy to read. It has a healthy roar and is a superb driver as is.