During a recent staff meeting, we were tossing around story ideas and came up this: What if someone had a '65 or '66 Mustang and wanted to convert the car to a Deluxe Interior? What parts would it take to do it? What bits make an authentic "Pony" Interior, as it is affectionately known?
We're going to answer those questions and more. People have been converting standard '65-'66 Mustang interiors to Pony cabins for years, and for good reason--they're desirable and look spectacular, especially in the bright colors that some cars came with.
On the one-year anniversary of the Mustang's introduction on April 17, 1965, the Pony Interior joined the GT package and bench-seat options as new available selections. Ever since, the Pony interior has been a hit in original guise and for those upgrading cars that didn't originally come with one.
We'll show you what a correct Pony Interior is comprised of and what's needed to upgrade an existing car with components available from vintage Mustang parts houses such as Mustang Country International. We frown upon trying to pass off a car as originally equipped with a Pony Interior, but believe there's nothing wrong with saying you've converted your car to a Pony Interior, creating a clone of sorts.
Finally, all available colors for Pony Interiors, along with other information about them, were presented in our April '03 issue.
Major Pony Interior Components Five-dial instrument panelWoodgrain inserts on gauge cluster and glovebox doorUniquely styled glovebox doorMolded door panels with Thunderbird-style, pistol-grip inside door-release handlesDoor-mounted courtesy lightsKick panels with carpeting on lower half and stainless trim stripRunning horse-embossed bolstered seat upholsteryWoodgrain Deluxe steering wheelVinyl-covered quarter-trim panels (coupe only)Bright trim cap on quarter-trim panel (coupe only)Bright-trimmed pedals