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Your handy 1965–73 Ford Mustang buyers guide

The first-generation Mustang’s popularity is proof that Lee Iacocca’s concept of a pony car had the staying power to influence other manufacturers and countless car enthusiasts to this day. When was the last time you went to a car show and didn’t see a first-gen Mustang? Or what about a late-model car meet with later Mustangs clearly influenced by the original’s iconic styling?

 

Let’s get a high level overview at every year of the first generation’s production, highlighting special editions so you’ll know which Mustangs are best for you!

 

Read the full article on Hagerty.com:

https://www.hagerty.com/media/buying-and-selling/your-handy-1965-73-ford-mustang-buyers-guide/

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Passenger

 Driving a Boss 302 1970 was the best driving and handling muscle car that I have driven on the road and on the track I only wish the days of real muscle cars were back .
The real power to the road with no computer to run it just real pure power to the road.

Intermediate Driver

What very few people knew, was that Ford used a single lever tilt column, unlike the GM 2 levers. This made for a much cleaner looking interior, especially when these columns were used in  street rods!

New Driver

These cars were designed to last 5 years?  Never 50, find someone who knows about these cars before buying, rust is the Achilles heel of all the "pony cars".

 

The sixes are overlooked and underrated, great, bullet proof cars at great prices.  The perfect starter collector car.

Passenger

How can I share this great article to my friend that is a Mustang Geek. Facebook would be nice.

New Driver

Forward the Hagerty email to your friend and tell him to read the Mustang article.

Community Manager

The best way is to either do what @RH-41  said or paste this link in their FB page: https://www.hagerty.com/media/buying-and-selling/your-handy-1965-73-ford-mustang-buyers-guide/

Community Manager

Hey everyone!  If you think the article is missing something very important, please post it here.  The mission was to keep this as short as possible while being comprehensive, which is not easy to do. If something really should be in here, please tell me. 

 

And of course, if I got my facts wrong, I do want to address those too. 

Passenger

Please quote your source for the 1971 "500lb" weight increase. 

 

1973- the '72 only 351HO package was no longer available.

1972- the chrome rocker and wheel well moldings had been available since 1971.

1971- this was the *only* year for the Boss 351, the Drag Pack was a carry over from '70, just replacing the 428 w/the 429, which became a Super CJ when ordered as such. 

 

72 Sprint - the interior was white vinyl and blue cloth. The competition suspension was not available on 6cyl cars, so they could not be equipped with the B package w/Magnums and F60-15 tires. 

 

Pit Crew

67 Shelby inner lights are high beam, not driving lights.  Tail lights are borrowed from Cougars without the metal trim.