Why the Ford Mustang Fastback is Collectable
Photography by Josh Clason for Petrolicious
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The Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 practically started its life as a collectable. There are several reasons behind this, but chief among them is that buyers were attracted to the car’s affordable price of around $2,500, sporty nature, and extensive customization options, both mechanical and cosmetic. Just ask anybody who purchased one of the 77,079 Mustang fastbacks sold in the 1965 model year, when they were first offered.
Before customers signed on the dotted line, they could choose from a variety of engines, ranging from a 200 cubic-inch I-6 with 120 horsepower to a 289cid V-8 power plant with 225 horses to a Challenger High Performance version of the same motor with 271. The Mustang GT Equipment Group added features such as the 225-horsepower Challenger Special V-8 (as standard), a fully synchronized three-speed manual transmission, a dual-exhaust system and the Special Handling Package with heavy duty suspension.