One of the best indicators of originality on a GT or any Mustang for that matter is the do
The venerable and vaulted GT suffers under some of the same angst as other high-performance vehicles. There are probably, per capita, more GTs on the road today than there were when the cars were new. Who can blame the copycats? After all, these cars fetch more money than a standard fastback or hardtop-not only that, but also the GT carries a mystique that draws people.
Even so, when you are out there trying to buy into that mystique, you don't want your purchase to be a Johnny-come-lately or some cobbled-up mess-you want the real thing. Obviously, as fakes go, there are cars that range from poorly done to well done. What is really scary today is that the knowledge on these cars is so great that good fakers can fool even the best experts. All the parts are certainly available to do it, too. You can get all the badging, exhaust hangers, and a correctly riveted door tag from any of the vendors that market Mustang parts.
So with all that said, how can you distinguish a real GT from a fake? You can't, because dealers in 1965 actually "made" GTs. That's right. They did just what today's fakers do: They raided the parts bin and made GTs from standard hardtops, convertibles, and fastbacks. Ouch. This truly adds a certain murky quality to being able to tell a real GT from a fake. Why? Because the Mustang community considers these GTs to be legitimate due to the fact that they were cobbled together at the original-selling dealer.
What Makes a Factory GT
- Side tape stripe
- GT badging
- GT-lettered gas cap
- Dual trumpet exhaust
- Deleted side chrome
- Five-dial instrument cluster
- 289 4V or 289 4V Hi-Po
- Special handling package
- Front disc brakes
There are some items that are particular to the Hi-Po, whether it's in the GT or not. Some items are listed in the story, while other obvious items are listed below.
- Special C4 on '66 automatics (quite rare)
- Nine-inch rear axle
- No bumper on the body for the 9-inch pinion snubber (snubber was on the housing)
- Larger, stronger universal joints
GT or Not?
In the final analysis, not only did the convertible turn out to not be a GT, but our '65 was a '66. The best recommendation is that the buyer should beware. Know your GTs, know what they are supposed to have, and try to obtain as much info from the owner as possible. The better armed you are with info, the better you'll be able to discern what the real deal is on the GT.
This convertible supposedly has the venerable 289 Hi-Po. But does it really? The air clean
Engine tags are nice and this one looks original, but is it really the one for this car? W
In photo No. 4, the sway bar seems a bit small when compared to this original GT sway bar.
There are several things to look for here. The fuel pump is the correct early style, thoug
Another problem crops up on our supposed Hi-Po. The alternator should have a large, single
Our carburetor seems to be an original Hi-Po unit. What is missing from this picture is th
Our supposed GT does have the correct fan and shroud for cooling the solid lifter engine.
It might be, but we have yet to get to the nitty gritty of the car. This badge is no indic
In this shot, you can see the rear edge of the correct Hi-Po exhaust manifolds and the cor
Front disc brakes are another staple of the GT. Though, as with so many things, these too
The exhaust system on the GT was the same as any Mustang with duals. This is an area where
Though the valance on the car is kinked, the tips are there. However, the GT gas cap is co
Though at first the interior of the GT looks correct, we noticed that the dashpanel houses
Once again, the GT seems to be correct until you start to really notice components such as
The plot thickens as we realize that the '65 GT is really a '66-and maybe not even a GT at
The grille lights and honeycomb face are correct for a '65 GT, but with our growing knowle
This is another sign that the GT isn't all that it seems to be. The holes were cut for the