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A friend is going to sell a ‘65 convertible. It has most of the things a GT came with, but he wants to know if there is a way to tell if it is a GT. Is there anything in the VIN that tells?
Here is what it has: pony interior, lower side stripes, Gt badge, exhausts out the valance, but no Rally Pack.
The engine is a later model.
What else would make it a GT? Is there a difference in the GT instrument panel and non GT models?
 

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There is no Marti Report available for '65 - '66 Mustangs, so that's not an option. Ford didn't keep those records.

For starters, the VIN should have an "A" or "K" in the 5th letter. For '65, a GT would have the 5 gauge cluster, but so would a Pony interior car so that might not tell you anything in this situation (he could look at the lower part of the cluster opening on the dash to check for a half-moon cutout in order to make the cluster fit).

It's really hard to fully prove a GT, but there are lots of little things - someone much more educated than me can point out most of them. There should be some reinforcements in the chassis, under the rear seat, for the dual exhaust hangers. The car should have fog light harness holes punched in the radiator support and one in the firewall. It should also have the heavier sway bar and close ratio steering box.

There are many more things to look for too. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of these things can be faked/duplicated. It has led to a lot of fake GTs out there and a lot of skeptical buyers, so the seller has an uphill battle to prove a GT these days.
 

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If it has fog lights and valance exhaust just call it a GT like every other seller out there!:surprise:
Caveat Emptor
 

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To start with, a regular production "real" GT came from the factory so equipped. Legitimate documentation that the car was regular production factory built might include the original window sticker, the purchase order/sales contract from the original owner, or perhaps a build sheet. Without that provenance, buyer beware.

As indicated in an earlier post in this thread, in model year 1965 if the engine code is an "A" or a "K" it COULD be a factory GT car. If the engine code is anything else, common wisdom is the factory did not build it.

Lastly, the GT package was first offered as a factory option in mid February, 1965, If the car was built before then, the factory did not likely build it. Note Ford started regular production for the 1965 model year Mustang in early March, 1964.
 

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The most reliable proof that a '65/'66 is a true factory GT is the reinforcements inside the rear frame rails where the exhaust pipe hangers were attached to the frame rails. Everything else about a GT can be easily faked. Those frame rail reinforcements are not easily duplicated. And as previously stated- the GT option was not available until late in the '65 production run.
 
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