1965-1966 MUSTANG Spotter’s Guide
How can you tell the difference between a 1965 and 1966 Mustang?
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.