History of 1965 – 1966 Mustang Engine and Transmissions

History of Engines and Transmission

In the early 1960s Lee Iacocca of Ford had a vision of a sporty youth-market car based on the Falcon. Developed in record time on a shoe-string budget, Ford introduced the 1965 Mustang at the World’s Fair on April 17, 1964, with instant acclaim. Ford planned for 100,000 first-year sales, but dealers already sold 22,000 on the first day. The Ford Mustang launched a whole new genre of automobiles, known as pony cars.

Ford marketed the original Mustang as a 1965 model, though Ford made several production changes to cars built after August 1964, by which time Ford had already sold 120,000. Hobbyists refer to early Mustangs as “1964½” models, while post-August cars are “late” 1965s. The Mustang launched with convertible and notchback body styles, with the fastback joining the lineup as a late ’65. A plethora of options enabled buyers to configure their Mustang as anything from an economical runabout to a weekend race car.  Total sales for the 1965 model (including “1964½” cars) was 681,000—nearly seven times Ford’s projections.

 

Original Factory Engines

The original engine lineup consisted of;

  •  170-cid straight-six
  • 200 cid Straight – six
  • 260-cid  V-8 2 barrel carb
  • 289-cid V-8 up to 271 horsepower.

Factory Transmission options

 

  • 3 speed C4 Auto

  • 3 speed Manual

  • 4 speed manual Toploader

TD Performance offer Custom Crate Engines and Engine / Trans Options to Repower your 1965-1966 Classic Mustang, ranging from Daily Driver, Street Performance to Street / Strip. Any one

Of the combinations listed will upgrade the factory / old 6 or 8 cylinder Engine.

Engine Resto-mod setups  ( Upgraded Suspension, Shock towers removed )

Modern day transmission choices we offer packaged with our engines

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