The Ford Mustang was brought out five months before the normal start of the 1965 production year. The earliest versions are often referred to as 1964½ models, but VIN coded by Ford and titled as 1965 models with production beginning in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964 and the new car was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.
From 1967 until 1973, the Mustang got bigger but not necessarily more powerful. The revised Mustang retained the original body structure but styling was refreshed, giving the Mustang a more massive look overall. Front and rear end styling was more pronounced, and the “twin cove” instrument panel offered a thicker crash pad, and larger gauges. Hardtop, fastback and convertible body styles continued as before. Federal safety features were standard that year, including an energy-absorbing steering column and wheel, 4-way emergency flashers, and softer interior knobs.
The 1965 Mustang won the Tiffany Gold Medal for excellence in American design, the first automobile ever to do so. The Mustang was on the Car and Driver Ten Best list in 1983, 1987, 1988, 2005, 2006, and 2011. It won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 1974 and 1994. In 2005 it was runner-up to the Chrysler 300 for the North American Car of the Year award and was named Canadian Car of the Year
Ford Mustang generations
First Generation – 1964–1973
Second Generation – 1974–1978
Third Generation – 1979–1993
Fourth Generation – 1994–2004
Fifth Generation – 2005–2014
Sixth Generation – 2015 – present
Ford in-house variants
SVO – SVT Cobra – Special Service Package – California Special – Mach 1 – Boss 429 – Boss 302 – Boss 351 – Bullitt – FR500C – GT500/KR – Mustang I – Giugiaro – McLaren M81
Shelby Mustang – Roush Mustang – Steeda Mustang – Saleen Mustang