1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, Serial Number One

Summary

It's an old auto industry cliche -- "you can't sell a young man an old man's car, but you can sell an old man a young man's car." It's also true. The sporty Mustang was a young man's -- and woman's -- car. The under-30 crowd loved it. But older people also bought them, often as a second car. The Mustang hit a sweet spot in the market, appealing to a wide range of buyers.

It's an old auto industry cliche -- "you can't sell a young man an old man's car, but you can sell an old man a young man's car." It's also true. The sporty Mustang was a young man's -- and woman's -- car. The under-30 crowd loved it. But older people also bought them, often as a second car. The Mustang hit a sweet spot in the market, appealing to a wide range of buyers.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1965

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

66.47.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Steel
Metal
Vinyl
Chromium
Rubber (Material)
Glass (Material)

Color

White (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Length: 2.87 in  (Stroke)

Diameter: 3.8 in  (Bore)

Width: 68.2 in

Wheelbase: 108 in

Length: 181.6 in

Inscriptions

Stamped on the warranty plate, which is attached to the rear face of the left front door: BODY COLOR TRIM DATE DSO AXLE TRANS / 05C 81 5 F / VEHICLE WARRANTY NUMBER / 5F08F100001 Ford (R) / NOT FOR TITLE OR / REGISTRATION PURPOSES / THIS VEHICLE IS MANUFACTURED UNDER UNITED STATES / AND FOREIGN PATENTS AND PATENT APPLICATIONS / A PRODUCT OF Ford (R) MOTOR COMPANY / MADE IN U.S.A. Hubcaps: Mustang Behind front wheels on both sides of body: Mustang Front sides of body (behind headlights): 260 Edge of hood: FORD Rear: Ford Mustang emblem

Specifications

Make & Model: 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, Serial Number One

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Engine: V-8, overhead valves, 260 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Height: 51 inches

Wheelbase: 108 inches

Width: 68 inches

Overall length: 182 inches

Weight: 2740 pounds

Horsepower: 164 at 4400 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 16.7

Price: $3,334

Average 1965 wage: $5,810 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 7-1/2 months

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