Real Wheels: 1965 Ford Mustang

May 25, 2012

WAPAKONETA — The 1965 model year proved to be a historic year for Ford, as the Mustang became the fastest selling new car in history, with 400,000 units sold in March. The 1965 Mustang was Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A. In its first eighteen months, more than one million Mustangs were built. Aside from its low price, the Mustang’s popularity was boosted by the consumer’s ability to customize the car. Whether a client wanted a daily driver or a high-performance car, the Mustang could deliver. Although three different bodies were available with the 1965 Mustang, the hardtop, the convertible and the fastback, all three bodies were 181.6 inches in length, 51.1 inches in height, and 68.2 inches in width. Favorable publicity articles appeared in 2,600 newspapers the morning the car was “officially” revealed. A Mustang also appeared in the James Bond film Goldfinger in September 1964. Ned DeLong, of Wapakoneta, brought his 1965 Ford Mustang to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for 32 years. It was previously owned by a 90-year-old lady who drove it to church and the grocery store. Upon her death, a banker purchased it, and then DeLong bought it in 1979. The car had only 82,000 miles last August during the Cruise-In. His favorite memory is winning first place in Fort Wayne at the all Mustang show.