1965 Ford Mustang Convertible Technical Specification and History

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible for hire in Warwickshire
1965 Ford Mustang Convertible for hire in Warwickshire
The Ford Mustang was introduced at the 1964 New York World's Fair.  Mustang Mania instantly swept the country, and a new automotive market segment was created - the 2+2 or better known as the 'Pony Car.' 

 

Though its mechanical underpinnings descended from the Ford Falcon, the Mustang was completely different. It was a compact, tight, clean package weighing in at a modest 2,550 pounds (less than 1 1/4 tons)- a departure from the ever-enlarging American cars of the day.

 

The Ford Mustang sold so quickly that the investment in tooling and production lines was more than paid for within the first six months. The classic long-hood (bonnet), short rear-deck combined with a forward-leaning grille, elegant blade bumpers, sculptured body sides, fully exposed wheel openings and restrained use of bright trim, gave the car a unique look that belied its affordability.

 

The Mustang quickly became the fastest selling sports car of all time.  It was introduced in April 1964, selling 22,000 on its launch day.  By 31st December 1964 Ford had sold 121,538 Mustangs.  In 1965 sales smashed the half a million barrier, selling 559,451 and this grew further so that 1966 was its peak sales year, selling 607,568.  It sold over 1,000,000 in less than 18 months. 

 

Its looks were backed up with power, with a straight 6 engine on the base model car but offering three optional V8 engines with up to 271 horsepower. Other options included automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, styled chrome wheels and air conditioning. Not surprisingly, the entry-level models were a minority of the production.  

 

Production figures: 1964 to 1970

1964 121,538
1965 559,451
1966 607,568
1967 472,121
1968 317,404
1969 299,824
1970 190,727

 

History of FEA 202C

 

This car is in extremely good condition having been completely rebuilt over the 2 years from 2012 to 2013.  It has seat belts in the front only and these are just lap belts (3 point belts were not standard in the USA in 1965). The car does not have a tachometer (rev counter) – this was another optional extra together with a clock as part of the ‘Rally-Pac’ option.  

 

Price in 1965 was $2,607 for the standard car although all the options available could easily take the price of the car over $4,000.  

 

Technical:  

 

  • Length 15ft 1in (4.60m), width 5ft 8in (1.72m), height 4ft 3in (1.30m), weight 2,550 lbs (1,157 kg).  
  • Engine 289 cu in (4,727cc) ‘small block’ V8 engine with a single camshaft and overhead valves.  
  • Four barrel Edelbrock carburettor breathing through a standard Ford air filter.  
  • Develops 210 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 314 lb ft of torque at 3,400 rpm.  
  • Spark plug gaps 0.34 in (0.86 mm) 
  • Contact breaker points gap (where fitted) 020 in (0.50 mm)
  • 3 speed automatic gearbox.  
  • Servo-ed brakes with drums on front and rear.  
  • Front suspension: independent, double wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar.  
  • Rear suspension: live axle with semi-elliptic springs and Panhard rod.  
  • Re-circulating ball steering – with 3.7 turns lock to lock and no power steering.  
  • Wheels: bolt on 14 inch ‘Rostyle’ steel wheels with 205/70 whitewall radial tyres.  
  • Tyre pressures (pounds per square inch): Front 24, Rear 24
  • 0-60 in 8.3 secs.  
  • Top speed 115 mph.  
  • Fuel consumption – 18 to 22 miles per gallon with a 13 gallon (60 litre) petrol tank giving it a range of about 200 to 250 miles per tank.


 

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