1965 Ford Mustang GT on hire from The Open RoadWe've been hiring out a classic Ford Mustang Fastback since 1997.  Our first one was a base level model 1966 Fastback.  Although our customers loved it, there were a few minor criticisms: the drum brakes all round weren't really up to stopping a car of that weight and power; like most American cars of the period it had an automatic gearbox and there were no seat belts in the back.

 

After searching for a couple of years, we have now found a higher spec Ford Mustang to replace our original one. This one is a 1965 Mustang GT. 

Being 1965 it is one year older than our other one, so is still the first generation Mustang body style but it has disk brakes on all four wheels, so the brakes are at long last up to the job.  More importantly for those of us that prefer to change gear ourselves it has the famous 4-speed Top Loader manual gearbox. 

 

Other minor improvements include lap seat belts in the rear as well as in the front, the RallyPac option which includes a rev counter and clock.  It also has working air conditioning, so you can cruise in comfort even on the hottest of days.

 

When it left the factory it was fitted with the 289 cu in V8 (4,700 cc) but at some point in its life this was changed to the later 302 cu in engine - 4,949 cc.  It still sports the V289 badges on the front wings though, as Ford don't make V302 ones. 

 

If listening to the soundtrack of a 5.0 litre Ford V8 isn't enough for you it has a modern sound system fitted complete with CD player.  You can listen to the sound of the V8 and the Beach Boys all at the same time.

 

This Mustang GT was much higher spec than a normal 'street' level Mustang but also benefits from further later upgrades:

  • The original 289 cu in V8 engine has been upgraded to 302 cu in (4,949 cc)
  • The original carburettor has been replaced with an Edelbrock with full flow air cleaner
  • RallyPac - tachometer and clock
  • Body side stripes
  • Fog lamps in the front grille
  • Red and white seats - 'Pony' Interior
  • Fold down rear seats
  • Disk brakes front and rear
  • Air conditioning   
  • Dual chrome exhaust coming through the rear valance
  • Polished alloy wheels with modern radial tyres 

 

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