1965 Mustang Fastback: The Road Star

1965 Mustang Fastback: The Road Star

EngineV 8 Horsepower225 hp at 4800 rpmTorque414 Nm at 3200 rpmWeight1335kgDrive TypeRWDEngine LocationLongitudinal frontTransmission4-speed manualFront brakesHydraulic drumRear brakesHydraulic drum

Ford Mustang Fastback earned the status of a real American car, symbolizing success, strength, and power. This unbridled stallion is probably the first on the list of the coolest muscle cars of all time. 

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A lot is written about America’s most famous car and perhaps there is nothing to add. The first Mustangs became style icons, an ancestor, and a symbol of their time. It should be said these cars were the iPhone of their time – good in essence, correctly and aggressively presented. The first “stallion” was introduced in March 1964 occupying all possible channels of advertisement in the US. Even those who were indifferent to cars knew about this model, and those involved simply lost their mind. New, unusual design, powerful engines, and comfort – for only 2.2 thousand dollars! This simple formula became an axiom for the American market for many years.

The origins

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The history of this unbridled stallion began in the early 60s when Ford was going through hardships. The company brainchild Edsel failed in sales and the competitors were pushing hard. Ford needed a miracle to save the company from inevitable bankruptcy, which was crawling fast. That miracle appeared in the form of the Mustang. First, the top management wanted to call the new model Cougar, then T-Bird I, and even Falcon Special, but the final decision fell on the Mustang. It was chosen as a truly American name for a remarkable vehicle that creates a feeling of limitless space and conquers the roads. The logo was chosen appropriately:  it was a wild stallion galloping clockwise, and not counterclockwise, as on all American racetracks. But Lee Iacocca found a brilliant explanation to the press questions concerning this, noting that Ford’s stallion is a wild horse, not a tame one. The whole promo campaign was aggressively done, becoming one of the most successful campaigns in automotive history. As a result, over a million vehicles were sold in the first 18 months. 

The buyer constantly demanded something new, and Ford at an accelerated pace threw more and more modifications into the market. First, a convertible was released, nothing but a folding roof, no different from the base model. In mid-1965, the first Fastback was introduced, targeting the rival Plymouth Barracuda and looking more harmonious than the base coupe.

1965 Fastback

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When the Blue Oval introduced the first Fastback in mid-1965, the changes were noticeable. It was a year of modernization for the vehicle. Fastback, which looked more harmonious than the base coupe, was very attractive. In general, in the first two years of the model, the company’s total profit was approximately $1.1 billion, largely because most buyers ordered options for an average of $400 in addition to the base price. The reason for the increase in sales was the introduction of the new 2+2 fastback body style, a sports coupe with a sloping roof, convex rear window, separate trunk lid, and triangular ventilation louvers in the C-pillars. Conceived as a fastback rival to the Plymouth Barracuda, the Ford Mustang Fastback proved to be far more attractive in the eyes of speed fans. A GT package was also offered as an option in 1965, which included a V8 engine, improved suspension and steering, Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes, limited slip differential, dual exhaust system, improved interior trim with round instrumentation and woodgrain panels, fog lights headlights on the grille, dual exhaust system, special body color and racing stripes on the lower part of the body.

Did you know?

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Forbes included the Mustang in the list of ten cars that changed the world, as the most popular Muscle car of all time. A significant role in this was played by the fact that the Mustang very often starred in iconic movies. This vehicle often appeared in cinematography as it was a real epitome of the American automobile industry. Here is a list of some films where the legendary “stallion” of fastback modification of 1965 model year was shot: The Vulture (1967), The Ambushers (1967), Voitheia o Vengos, faneros praktor ‘000’ (1967), Roberto Carlos em Ritmo de Aventura (1968), Misfortune (2016), Hotel (1967), etc.

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1965 Mustang Fastback: The Road Star

EngineV 8 Horsepower225 hp at 4800 rpmTorque414 Nm at 3200 rpmWeight1335kgDrive TypeRWDEngine LocationLongitudinal frontTransmission4-speed manualFront brakesHydraulic drumRear brakesHydraulic drum

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