65 Ford MustangIn honor of one of the classic cars in the Nor Cal Car inventory, our Nor Cal Cars Spotlight today is on the 65 Ford Mustang. We thought this awesome car would be a great kickoff for our new Blog feature “Nor Cal Spotlight”.

The Ford Mustang is an automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company. The first of its kind was introduced in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964. It’s introduction ceremony created quite a spectacle as the car was showcased at the New York World’s Fair and via the three major American television networks of the time. Almost immediately after being introduced, the Mustang went on to sell one million units. The car became so popular that it even made an appearance on the popular James Bond film, Goldfinger. The Mustang brought forth a new class of cars that was affordable, compact, and highly stylish. Today, the Mustang is considered to be the car that coined the “Pony Car” class that describes those very aspects.

A build of specific interest to Mustang aficionados and car connoisseur’s worldwide is the 1965 Mustang. These cars, known as “late 65’s,” where built from April through September and featured a complete re-haul of the standard Mustang engine. The standard I6 engine was replaced with a more powerful 200 hp (4.7L) engine. Shortly after, it was replaced by a four-barrel carbureted version that produced an amazing 225 horses. Along with major engine work, the new Mustang featured a brand new AC alternator; older models came with DC electrical generators. Also in 1965, the “GT Equipment Package” was introduced to the public. It included the powerful 225 hp V8 engine along with an assortment of toys like the sporty grille-mounted fog lamps, rocker panel stripes, and disc brakes for optimized stopping power. This package laid the foundation for what we now know as the Mustang GT. Along with the new engine and the introduction of the GT package, all Mustang models now had an available four-barrel carbureted engine and there was an option to add reverse lights to your ride.

65 Mustang Interior RedThe standard interior features of the 1965 Mustang included adjustable driver and passenger bucket seats, an AM radio, and a floor mounted shifter that came in a variety of different colors. As the year progressed, Ford and The Interior Décor Group continued adding more options for the Mustang. Towards the end of 1965, potential owners could choose from an array of convenience items like integral armrests, sun visors, a mechanical remote-operated mirror, a floor console, and even a bench seat.

The 1965 Mustang marked a period of change for the car that laid the foundation for what was to come. From a completely re-tooled engine to laying the groundwork for the wildly popular Mustang GT, the 1965 Mustang unquestionably played a large role in shaping the Mustangs that we have roaming our streets today.