- The Mustang was an instant success.
- It was first introduced as a 1964 ½ model during a partial year of production and 1965 was its first full year of production.
- Buyers could custom tailor it from many available options as a high performance sports car for street or competition, or a luxury car with a sporty design.
- Mustang was a contender in the world of pony cars (a compact relative of the muscle cars and a name Mustang influenced): Chevrolet Camero, Dodge Challenger, AMC Javelin and Plymouth Barracuda.
In 1964, the Ford Motor Company broke through the ho-hum barriers of conservative automobile design and produced an entirely new model called the Mustang. The cars that were built between April and early September are generally referred to as “1964 ½” models and were offered in two body styles, a Hardtop Coupe and a Convertible. The new Mustang succeeded in combining the excitement of youth with a practical family-sized sedan with its lengthened hood, shortened rear deck, sculptured body panels and sporty bucket seats.
In 1965, its first full year of production brought few major changes to the Mustang and demand for the car kept Ford hard-pressed to keep up with its success. Standard equipment included bucket seats, molded nylon carpeting, floor-mounted shift for both manual and automatic transmissions, all-vinyl interior, padded instrument panel and full wheel covers.
The “standard” Mustang provided a highly versatile foundation for the buyer to custom-tailor his or her own special kind of car. If desired, the Mustang could become a “sports car” for street or competition use through a selection of performance options. Or, the Mustang could become a “luxury car” with a number of comfort and convenience options. A new variation for 1965 was the Fastback 2 + 2 like this one, and its high performance version became the basis for conversion by Shelby-American into their exciting GT-350. Of a total of 559,451 Mustangs built in 1965, more than 77,000 were Fastback 2 + 2s.
Mustang was a contender in the world of pony cars (a compact relative of the muscle cars and a name Mustang influenced): Chevrolet Camero, Pontiac Firebird, Dodge Challenger, AMC Javelin and Plymouth Barracuda, among others.