1965 Ford Mustang Fastback GT Technical Specification and History

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback  GT for hire in Warwickshire
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback GT 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 - a departure from the ever-enlarging American cars of the day.

 

The 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 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.  

 

Its looks were backed up with power, providing 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.

 

History of FKJ 451C  

 

This car is in extremely good condition having been repainted by us at the beginning of 2014.  It sports a two tone (red and white) Luxury Pony vinyl interior with red carpets. It has inertia reel seat belts in the front and lap belts in the rear.  The car is fitted with the ‘Rally-Pac’ option, a tachometer (rev counter) and clock mounted on the steering column. For 1965 vents were installed in the rear quarter panel behind the doors to allow air to flow through and out of the car. Although these improved ventilation they do mean there is a large blind spot in each rear quarter.

 

The options on the car make it the best equipped Mustang for hire in the UK. It has disk brakes on the front and drums on the rear, a four speed manual gearbox and air conditioning together with a modern stereo system. The price in 1965 for the standard car was $2,533, although all the options available could easily take the price of the car over $4,000. We believe the spec of our car when new, would have taken the price up to about $3,474.  

 

Technical:  

 

  • Length 15ft 1in (4.60m), width 5ft 8in (1.72m), height 4ft 3in (1.30m), weight 2,550 lbs (1,157 kg)  
  • Engine 302 cu in (4,949 cc) 'small block' V8 engine with a single camshaft and overhead valves
  • Develops 250 bhp at 4,800 rpm and 340 lb ft of torque at 3,400 rpm 
  • Spark plug gaps 0.34 in (0.86 mm) 
  • Contact breaker points gap 0.20 in (0.50 mm) 
  • 4 speed 'Top Loader' manual gearbox 
  • Disk brakes on the front and drums on the rear. No Servo as these were only offered on the drum braked cars 
  • Front suspension: independent, double wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar 
  • Rear suspension: live axle with semi-elliptic springs, Panhard rod and anti-roll bar 
  • Re-circulating ball steering – with 3.7 turns lock to lock and no power steering 
  • Wheels: bolt on 15 inch Cragar polished alloy wheels with 205/65 radial tyres. 
  • Tyre pressures (pounds per square inch): Front 30, Rear 30
  • 0-60 in 8.3 secs. Top speed 115 mph 
  • Fuel consumption – 12 to 15 miles per gallon with a 12.8 gallon (55 litre) petrol tank giving it a range of about 150 - 170 miles per tank


 

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