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1965 Ford Mustang Fastback Coupé
Registration no. ABW 996D
Chassis no. 6T09T128774

Ford created a new class of car almost overnight with the introduction of the Mustang sports coupé part way through the 1964 season, catching the rest of the US auto industry off guard. Brainchild of the late Lee Iacocca - subsequent saviour of the Chrysler Corporation – the Mustang is one of the most remarkable automotive success stories of modern times and arguably the pinnacle of his long career with Ford. Aimed at the affluent young, for whom a car was as much a lifestyle statement as means of transport, the Mustang succeeded brilliantly, achieving sales in excess of a quarter million by the end of '64. This remarkable debut was followed by a staggering 524,791 sales in 1965, earning Ford a fortune.

The secret of the Mustang's success was a broad appeal that extended beyond the target market thanks to a great value-for-money package combining sporty looks, decent economy and brisk performance. Mustangs could be ordered in specifications ranging from six-cylinder 'economy' to V8-powered luxury, while customers could choose from an extensive range of factory options with the result that seldom are two Mustangs identical.

A 1st Generation Mustang Fastback, this car is equipped with the 289ci (4.7-litre) V8 engine with 'Fast Road' camshaft, and has the optional four-speed manual transmission. Most unusually, for a manual Mustang, this example is equipped with power steering. This car also features power brakes, rear anti-roll bar, GT exhaust tips and rear valance, duo-tone luxury interior, fold-down rear seat, and a long-load trunk hatch.

We are advised by the vendor that this Mustang was restored in 2018 using a sound bodyshell as a starting point. Since arriving in the UK, the Mustang has been further equipped with a new six-dial dashboard, MotoLita wood-rim steering wheel and boss, chrome Monte Carlo bar and front shock absorber mounts, new GT front coil springs (fitted after the car was photographed), and brand new Legendary Wheel Co Magnum 500 7"x15" alloy wheels shod with 185x65x15 tyres. The car is offered complete with the original door tag and two new tags, showing the original specification and current specification respectively. Offered with a V5C Registration Certificate.

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