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The 1965 Ford Mustang is a moderately challenging Metal Earth model with 34 pieces on two sheets of metal. Assembled, it measures 3.51" x 0.98" x 1.25" (9 x 2.5 x 3.2 cm). The Mustang name inspired the popular "pony car" market, but the Plymouth Barracuda was actually the first sporty, sleek, smaller, fastback vehicle in that class.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
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The Mustang first hit the market midway through the 1964 model year. Purists call those earliest cars the 1964-1/2 because the actual 1965 model had some minor cosmetic changes, but as far as Ford was concerned they were all 1965s. One story says that the car was named after the World War 2 fighter aircraft; another says it was named for the horse. Based on Ford's Falcon platform, its designers wanted to call it either Cougar or Torino, while Henry Ford II lobbied for T-bird II. Whatever its inspiration, "Mustang" became the runaway favorite of focus groups when it was added to the list, and so Mustang it became.
$2,320 put you behind the wheel of the base 170-cubic inch six-cylinder model with its 3-speed stick shift, bucket seats, and padded dash. 22,000 orders were taken on the day that it debuted. Muscle car enthusiasts could trade up to a 260-cu. in. V-8 engine. But the mainstream market wanted luxury, so the Mustang got larger and heavier every year. By 1973 the car had gained 800 pounds (363 kg) and grown in every dimension except height. Performance and sales both fell as Ford's small-car audience switched to Pintos and Mavericks. In 1974 the second-generation version returned to its original size as the fuel-efficient Mustang II, based on the Pinto subcompact. The timing, just months before the 1973 Arab oil embargo, positioned the Mustang II in the vanguard of the "econo-box" era, and sales rebounded.
As of 2015, the Mustang was in its 5th generation.