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1965-1973 Ford Mustang Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

On April 17, 1964, New York World's Fair visitors were the first to glimpse a vehicle that would become a cultural icon. The first Ford Mustang would go on to reach its yearly sales target in just three months' time, reaching a production milestone of one million units less than two years later. In 50 full years of production, the Ford Mustang seemed to sync with the decades as they passed, ultimately growing into a globally sold flagship built to compete with the world's best.

Borrowed parts and fast development were the staples of the first Mustang program, which mandated a four-seat sports car weighing under 2500 pounds and retailing for less than $2500. Early examples of the car -- produced in 1964, formally sold as 1965 models, but referred to by enthusiasts as "1964 1/2" models -- were equipped with a 2.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine that did not hint at the tire-smoking V8 reputation that would come in time. Late 1965 models did not host the quirks of their predecessors: alternators rather than generators, no hidden "Ford Falcon" script underneath the steering wheel tirm ring, a new inline-six and a range of available V8 engines marked the Mustang's maturation. The Mustang GT debuted this year, formally pairing a V8 engine with additional comfort and convenience features. Texas-based racer Carroll Shelby turned his attention to the car, setting in motion a series of racecars and street-going sports cars that would become significant points in American automotive history.

Pricing Trends

The average LemonFree listing price for a Ford Mustang in Texas:
  • 1973 $19,136
  • 1972 $24,053
  • 1971 $34,824
  • 1970 $46,422
  • 1969 $56,259

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Recall Notices

1973 Ford Mustang (12/2/1981)

Campaign Number: 81V002000
Component Name: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Description: DUE TO A MANUFACTURING ERROR, CERTAIN FLEXIBLE-BLADE ENGINE COOLING FANS MAY BE SUBJECT TO FATIGUE CRACKING AND BLADE SEPARATION DURING VEHICLE OPERATION.
Defect:
Corrective Action: DEFECTIVE FAN WILL BE REPLACED WITH ONE OF AN IMPROVED DESIGN WITHOUT CHARGE.

1972 Ford Mustang (12/2/1981)

Campaign Number: 81V002000
Component Name: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Description: DUE TO A MANUFACTURING ERROR, CERTAIN FLEXIBLE-BLADE ENGINE COOLING FANS MAY BE SUBJECT TO FATIGUE CRACKING AND BLADE SEPARATION DURING VEHICLE OPERATION.
Defect:
Corrective Action: DEFECTIVE FAN WILL BE REPLACED WITH ONE OF AN IMPROVED DESIGN WITHOUT CHARGE.

1969 Ford Mustang (3/28/1977)

Campaign Number: 77V043000
Component Name: SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Description: THE SEAT BACK PIVOT PIN BRACKET ON THE INVOLVED VEHICLES MAY FAIL. CONSEQUENTLY, THE SEAT BACK WILL ROTATE REARWARD.
Defect:
Corrective Action: THE DEALER WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER"S SEAT PIVOT PIN BRACKET ON ALL AFFECTED VEHICLES, FREE OF CHARGE.

1968 Ford Mustang (3/28/1977)

Campaign Number: 77V043000
Component Name: SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Description: THE SEAT BACK PIVOT PIN BRACKET ON THE INVOLVED VEHICLES MAY FAIL. CONSEQUENTLY, THE SEAT BACK WILL ROTATE REARWARD.
Defect:
Corrective Action: THE DEALER WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER"S SEAT PIVOT PIN BRACKET ON ALL AFFECTED VEHICLES, FREE OF CHARGE.

1971 Ford Mustang (9/25/1970)

Campaign Number: 70V115000
Component Name: STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Description:
Defect:
Corrective Action: