Decoding Your 1965 Ford Mustang's Data Plate & VIN

1965-Mustang-ivy-green-34-frontWhether you're on the hunt for a 1965 Ford Mustang or you already own a '65, it's important to know how your Mustang was originally built, when it rolled off the Ford assembly line. Should you be looking to buy an old Ford pony car, how the Mustang was originally equipped is a big key to establishing her value. Knowing this upfront can be used in negotiating a fair price, or deciding whether or not you wish to make an offer in the first place. If you're already a Mustang owner and you're restoring her to factory new, you'll need her DNA of how she was born (built) from back in the day.

 Data Plate Decoding - 1965 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

1965 mustang 289 engine

Above: The partial vin code below identifies this engine as a 289, 4v (A code) that has a four-barrel carb and is rated at 225-horsepower. Nice! On the firewall you can just make out the master cylinder brake reservoir. This Mustang appears to have been equipped from the factory with four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

If however, you're building a restomod or some sort of vintage track day machine, the Mustang's original provenance is not as important. For the purpose of this 1965 Mustang data plate and VIN decoding exercise, the selected subject Mustang is a super well restored specimen, 1965 Mustang fastback. The photos and data are provided courtesy of Mecum Auctions. This Ivy Green beauty recently crossed the Mecum Auction block and garnered six figures! So, it's a great example to examine and decode.

data plate

From the data plate above and the partial VIN just below it, we are able to learn how this 2+2 (code 09 - fastback) was equipped from the San Jose plant (R). 

Assembly Plant

Code Plant
F Dearborn, MI
R San Jose, CA
T Metuchen, NJ

Body Style

Code Body Style
07 Hardtop
08 Convertible
09 Fastback


interior passenger side

The vehicle's data plate reveals that she is a 63B, which translates to a fastback with a luxury (Pony) interior that has bucket front seats. The interior code is identified as F8. By scrolling well below this text, you'll find the Interior Trim table that says F8 is White with Ivy Gold, Luxury (or Pony) interior.


Code Engine
A 289-4v, 225 HP
C 289-2v, 200 HP
D 289-4v, 225 HP
F 260-2v, 164 HP
K 289-4v, Hi-Po, 271 HP
T 200-1v, 120 HP
U 170-1v, 101 HP


engine passenger side copy

Body Code

Body Body Style Interior Seats Special
63A Fastback Standard Interior Bucket Seats  
63B Fastback Luxury Interior Bucket Seats  
65A Hardtop Standard Interior Bucket Seats  
65B Hardtop Luxury Interior Bucket Seats  
65C Hardtop Standard Interior Bench Seats  
76A Convertible Standard Interior Bucket Seats  
76B Convertible Luxury Interior Bucket Seats  
76C Convertible Standard Interior Bench Seats  


dash copy

Paint Colors

Code Alternate Color
A 9A Raven Black
B 2B Pagoda Green (64), Midnight Turquoise (65)
C 6C Honey Gold
D 3D Dynasty Green
F 3F Guardsman Blue (64 only)
H 5H Caspian Blue
I N.A. Champagne Beige
J 3J Rangoon Red
J9 N.A. Rangoon Red
K 3K Silver Smoke Gray
M 5M Wimbledon White
O 0 Tropical Turquoise (65 only)
P 4P Prairie Bronze
R N.A. Ivy Green (65 only)
S N.A. Cascade Green (64 only)
V N.A. Sunlight Yellow
X N.A. Vintage Burgundy
Y N.A. Skylight Blue (64), Silver Blue (65)
Z Z9 Chantilly Beige (64 only)
3 3B Poppy Red
5 5A Twilight Turquoise (64 only)
7 N.A. Phoenician Yellow (64 only)
8 N.A. Springtime Yellow (65 only)


At the risk of being redundant, we've already identified the exterior hue of this fantastic fastback as being a code R car, which translates to Ivy Green Metallic. As with most life size objects, the Ivy Green painted pony car looks better than the small paint chip just below.

1965_Mustang paint-1

Above: Ditzler PPG exterior paint hues are indicated above for the 1965 Ford Mustang, Fairlane, Falcon, and Galaxie.

interior driver copy

Interior Trim

Code Interior
42 White with Blue
45 White with Red
46 White with Black
48 White with Ivy Gold
49 White with Palomino
56 Black Vinyl & Cloth
82 Blue Vinyl
85 Red Vinyl
86 Black Vinyl
89 Palomino Vinyl
22 Blue Vinyl
25 Red Vinyl
26 Black Vinyl
28 Ivy Gold with Gold
29 Palomino Vinyl
D2 White with Blue
D5 White with Red
D6 White with Black
D8 Whit with Ivy Gold
D9 White with Palomino
62 Blue & White Luxury
65 Red Luxury
66 Black Luxury
67 Aqua & White Luxury
68 Ivy Gold & White Luxury
69 Palomino Luxury
F2 White with Blue, Luxury
F5 White with Red, Luxury
F6 White with Black, Luxury
F7 White with aqua, Luxury
F8 White with Ivy Gold, Luxury
F9 White with Palomino, Luxury
32 Blue Bench
35 Red Bench
36 Black Bench
39 Palomino Bench
76 Black Fabric and Vinyl
79 Palomino Fabric and Vinyl


1965 Mustang side

Build Date

Date Code Production Month
C March 1964
D April 1964
E May 1964
F June 1964
G July 1964
H August 1964
J September 1964
K October 1964
L November 1964
M December 1964
A January 1965
B February 1965
Q March 1965
R April 1965
S May 1965
T June 1965
U July 1965
V August 1965


The build date for this baby is 30R, or the 30th of April 1965.

Mustang nose

DSO (District Sales Office)

Code District
11 Boston
12 Buffalo
13 New York
14 Pittsburgh
15 Newark
21 Atlanta
22 Charlotte
23 Philadelphia
24 Jacksonville
25 Richmond
26 Washington
31 Cincinnati
32 Cleveland
33 Detroit
34 Indianapolis
35 Lansing
36 Louisville
41 Chicago
42 Fargo
43 Rockford
44 Twin Cities
45 Davenport
51 Denver
52 Des Moines
53 Kansas City
54 Omaha
55 St. Louis
61 Dallas
62 Houston
63 Memphis
64 New Orleans
65 Oklahoma City
71 Los Angeles
72 San Jose
73 Salt Lake City
74 Seattle
81 Ford of Canada
83 Government
84 Home Office Reserve
85 American Red Cross
89 Transportation Services
90 Export
91 Export
92 Export
93 Export
94 Export
95 Export
96 Export
97 Export
98 Export
99 Export


The District Sales Office (DSO) is 72, which works out to be San Jose. That makes perfect sense, as the Mustang was built in San Jose.



Code Axle
1 3.00
3 3.20
4 3.25
5 3.50
6 2.80
7 3.80
8 3.89
9 4.11
A 3.00L
C 3.20L
D 3.25L
E 3.50L
F 2.80L
G 3.80L
H 3.89L
I 4.11L


The rear axle is a code 1, which means that this pony car has a rear axle that has a 3.00:1 final drive ratio inside its differential.



Code Transmission
1 3-Speed Manual
5 4-Speed Manual
6 C-4 Automatic


The transmission, as the photo above and the code 5 just above reveals - this Mustang's 289-cubic inch V8 engine is backed by a four-speed manual transmission. Giddy up!


The vehicle's trunk looks exactly like it would have looked from the factory. Those double redline tires and the Style Steel GT wheels are outstanding.

34 rear

Now that you know how to decode your 1965 Mustang's data plate and decipher her VIN tag, we have a big question for you. Are you going to restore your Mustang to factory fresh or transform her into a canyon carving, pro touring machine? Regardless of what your answer is just know that Classic Industries can help you find most, if not all the parts you need to make your build dreams a reality.


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There's a very slight chance that you've recently purchased a 1965 Mustang that is in as good a condition as this pristine specimen that we've examined and decoded here. In that case, you wouldn't be in need of any Mustang parts for a while. However, it's much more likely that you do need some trinkets for your favorite vehicle in your pony car paddock. In that instance, you can initiate your search for Ford Mustang parts online. You can also supplement your online parts search by also obtaining the Classic Industries' Mustang Parts & Accessories Catalog. By clicking the button just below, you'll be asked to fill in some shipping information. You can download a PDF version and/or have a printed catalog mailed to you. Happy hunting, shopping, building, driving, and enjoying your Ford Mustang!

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