1965 Ford Mustang

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After we saw the beat-to-shit '68 Mustang last month, I promised we'd also see some nicer examples of Ford's hot-selling Falcon sibling. Well, Alameda has quite a few rough, Bondo-laden 60s Mustangs, but it's been tough to find pretty ones; I suspect what little garage space exists on the island is full of show-quality California Specials and the like. This '65 parks on the street every day, however, and it's in decent shape.

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If the Ford Motor Company still exists 50 years from now, they'll be cannibalizing this grille design for mesh-tired cars sold to Moon Colony residents. Hey, it looks great- why think up anything new?

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This car is equipped with the ol' reliable 289 small-block under the hood...

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...or is it? Ford used the 4-lug setup only on their 6-cylinder-equipped Mustangs, which means this car has had either an engine transplant or a far cheaper emblem transplant.

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But who cares? This car has a manual transmission! Sure, it's probably a 3-speed, but it still gets the Jalopnik Stamp-O-Approval.

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Ford has been playing around with variations on the side "vent" trim on the Mustang for decades now, but I've always liked the first version the best.



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@TinaChow: Or did the "Mrs. Morrissey" part follow the pregnancy?

That's also how it often worked in 1966.