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1965 FORD MUSTANG

When it went on sale in 1964, the Ford Mustang became the fastest-selling car in history. In its first year in the showrooms, a whopping 418,812 found buyers and by the end of the second year, a million had been sold. There was a huge range of options and engines available, and with a choice of three bodystyles, no two Mustangs needed to be the same. But who cares about those things? What seals it are the Mustang’s appearances in landmark films Bullitt and Gone in 60 seconds.

The Mustang summed up the feel-good days of 1960s America, but the oil crisis-hit 1970s brought a Mustang that wasn’t even offered with a V8. Dark days indeed…

While it s the V8 that s seen as the iconic Mustang powerplant, Ford managed to sell so many by offering more affordable straight-six versions of 2.7 or 3.3 litres.