1965-1966 MUS­TANG Spot­ter’s Guide

How can you tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween a 1965 and 1966 Mus­tang?

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How can you tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween a ’65 and ’66 Mus­tang? It’s not easy, since Ford used the same body in both years, but there are some sub­tle dif­fer­ences be­tween the years. Here’s how to ap­pear smarter about Mus­tangs the next time you’re walk­ing around a car show.

Ford wanted to make the 1966 Mus­tang look fresh, so it of­fered styling tweaks, such as new sim­u­lated air in­take scoops on the rear quar­ter-pan­els, a new fuel filler cap, and then the big bang in the mid­dle of the ’65 model year—the GT pack­age, which came out at the same time as the lux­ury in­te­rior with the fa­mous Pony seats.

Key styling changes dif­fer­en­ti­ate a ’65 from a ’66, with mid-year up­grades in ’65 adding com­plex­ity. We’ve out­lined key changes be­low to form a Spot­ter’s Guide.

Stan­dard 1966 Mus­tangs came with a bright hood lip mold­ing and a bright-metal Mus­tang or­na­ment in a metal frame that ap­pears to float in the cen­ter of an ex­truded alu­minum grille made up of bright hor­i­zon­tal bars.

Stan­dard 1965 Mus­tangs came with no hood lip mold­ing and bright hor­i­zon­tal grille bars at­tached in a star pat­tern to a Mus­tang or­na­ment in the cen­ter of a hon­ey­comb-type grille.

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