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Introduced during 1964, Ford’s sporty new Mustang created an overnight sensation and its debut marks the most successful new-car launch of all time. Reflecting on its impact, the Mustang’s visionary “father,” Ford Motor Company Vice-President Lee Iacocca, was later quoted as saying “…the excitement in the automobile business is to do something different; to pioneer a new concept and to win.” He continued, “We reached way out, and the success that the Mustang has enjoyed is proof that Americans really like something which is entirely new and dramatic.” Fifty years later, Mr. Iacocca’s words ring truer than ever before.
The Mustang’s success came from its unprecedented combination of a compact and sporty car that was both affordable and comfortable, with a comprehensive options list that allowed almost anyone to custom-build a Mustang to fit their personal needs and budget. The Mustang triggered competition from every major American manufacturer during the era, but few of them even approached the Mustang’s enduring success. Of course, during Ford’s “Total Performance” era, the Mustang included a wide range of performance options topped by the high-winding “K-Code” 289 V-8 with 271 hp in solid-lifter tune and four-speed manual transmission. In fact, K-Code 2+2 Mustang Fastbacks served as the basis for Carroll Shelby’s legendary SCCA B-Production championship-winning GT350s which sent Chevy’s Corvettes back on their trailers everywhere they appeared.
Predictably, enduring demand for the GT350 has far outstripped the supply of available cars, spurring excellent recreations or tribute cars over the years, as well as Mustangs built up with various desirable Shelby modifications and upgrades. This 1965 Mustang Fastback, a factory A-Code ‘GT’ California car with a 4-speed transmission, is a great case in point with a frame-up restoration with many new parts used in the process. Shelby-style modifications include the hood and rear-fender scoops, shock-tower bracing found underhood, and an oval “Cobra” air cleaner and finned valve covers. An aluminum radiator provides cool running, a serpentine-belt system drives the underhood accessories, and other features include air conditioning, and power front disc brakes. A stunning car, this ’65 Mustang is a superb example of a true American icon – in handsome fastback form, no less!