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Bryan
Hagerty Employee

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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Harley
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.

OldCarMan
Instructor

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!

Graham-Paige
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.

kimart
Passenger

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

RH-41
Pit Crew

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

Sajeev
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/

Sajeev
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. 

Hemikiller
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. 

 

Sajeev
Community Manager

Here's the weight increase source, but I have added "on average" as per the source: https://mustangattitude.com/cgi-bin/statsexplorer.cgi?year=1971&f1=style+promotion+popbody+clrpaint+...

 

1973 engines - the same source says the motors (L, F, H, Q, R codes) remained from 72-73. Are they wrong about the R-code for 1973? https://mustangattitude.com/cgi-bin/statsexplorer.cgi?year=1972&f1=style+promotion+popbody+clrpaint+... https://mustangattitude.com/cgi-bin/statsexplorer.cgi?year=1973&f1=style+promotion+popbody+clrpaint+...

 

1972 - making that change to the chrome trim parts now!

 

1971 - oops, making the Boss change now, and addressing the lack of Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet info for 1969!

 

1972 Sprint - also making those changes

Hemikiller
Passenger

The Mustang Attitude site has a bunch of inaccuracies. The R code was gone in '73 - just L, F, H & Q remained. Their 500lb weight gain si incorrect. Official Ford publications put the 71 at 80lbs heavier than 1970. The base 71 Boss 351 weighed *less* at 3370 than the 1970 351-2V Mach 1 at 3406. The 500lb weight gain has been floating around for over 40 years and it completely incorrect. My personal 71 Mach 1 with 351C-4V and a 4 speed weighed in at 3460.
Sajeev
Community Manager

This is very helpful: so I dug into my Standard Catalog of American cars (no other book in my collection gave enough detail) and I can't even find a Q-code for 1972, but they are clearly around.  Whatever, I made the change to 1973 given you wise input. 

 

Using the same source it appears that 1971 vs. 1970 curb weights were 200lbs heavier for I-6 models (2721/2937), but 50-100 for V8s. That book also says your Mach 1, with no options, weighs 3220, which lines up with your info? (Hopefully!!!!) 

I made the adjustment and danced around the details by saying "but that depends on the engine/body selected" in the interest of remaining short and sweet. Thank you again for your help.   

cdkrek
Intermediate Driver

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

Sajeev
Community Manager

Thank you for telling me about those errors, I have fixed them!
Sajeev
Community Manager

Here's the weight increase source, but I have added "on average" as per the source: https://mustangattitude.com/cgi-bin/statsexplorer.cgi?year=1971&f1=style+promotion+popbody+clrpaint+...

 

1973 engines - the same source says the motors (L, F, H, Q, R codes) remained from 72-73. Are they wrong about the R-code for 1973? 
https://mustangattitude.com/cgi-bin/statsexplorer.cgi?year=1972&f1=style+promotion+popbody+clrpaint+... 

https://mustangattitude.com/cgi-bin/statsexplorer.cgi?year=1973&f1=style+promotion+popbody+clrpaint+...

 

 

1972 - making that change to the chrome trim parts now! 

 

1971 - oops, making the Boss change now, and addressing the lack of Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet info for 1969! 

 

1972 Sprint- also making those changes

 

 

 

 

 

narcoosee
New Driver

A correction on the 1964.5 Indy Pace Car


Ford pulled about 35 Wimbledon White Mustang convertibles off the line for Indianapolis 500 duties, regardless of interior color. The interiors were blue, red, and black. All had white tops. 

The actual pace cars were powered by the 289 c.i. D-Code V-8, and were subsequently massaged by Holman and Moody. They were Wimbledon White with white interiors, and blue carpets and dash, red seat belts. One is known to have survived. 

The pace car coupes are another story. 

As a sales reward for Ford dealers selling the most Mustangs at launch, Ford instituted the Green Flag and Checkered Flag Awards. The winning dealers either received a special pace car coupe (Checkered Flag) or an option to buy one (Green Flag) to resell. Each one of the approximately 190 pace car coupes were identical - a coupe painted a special color (Pace Car White), white interiors, blue carpet and dash (like the actual pace cars), with a 260 c.i. V-8 and automatic. None were delivered with exterior mirrors installed. 


Most of these coupes were built in early April 1964, prior to the Mustang’s public unveil at the New York World’s Fair.

 

These pace car coupes can be identified by special grease pencil notes written on the front/passenger side of the radiator support. 

They remain one of the rarest Mustang special editions. 

narcoosee
New Driver

I should add that there were no convertible Mustang pace car replicas. The Indianapolis 500 track and Festival cars were sent to regional Ford dealers, stripped of pace car lettering, and sold as lightly-used Mustangs - an easy task, as Ford sold over a half-million Mustangs in the car’s first six months. 

Sajeev
Community Manager

I cannot thank you enough for this information. I have verified and added it to the article!
Anthony
Moderator

Charlie1
Passenger

For the 1966 model year, the 5-gauge GT dashboard became standard in all models. That was a stylish upgrade compared to the Falcon speedometer in the 65 non-GT models. (Although I doubt any 200-CID six was gonna make it to 140mph.)

Sajeev
Community Manager

This is fantastic info, I am making that change for 1966 right now! Thank you Charlie!