Ford Mustang Fast Back Coupe

 

The '65 Mustang was always a favourite of mine and I was determined to get a green one for my collection right from the start. However they mostly tend to suffer from that common issue for this era of Corgi Toys cars, bust suspension. Instead of using wires riveted to the base plate these cars had extensions from the plastic interior mouldings which acted as springs, briefly, until they broke. My pal Duncan has a theory that under a special law made in 1965 all Corgi Mustangs, Ghias, Ramblers, MGBs and Imps had to collapse within two weeks of purchase. I've tried a remedy suggested by another pal of using a rubber band for display, not entirely successful. The only way to fix it is to have the base off and put wires in there.

320 Street Version

The Corgi Mustang Fastback 2+2 was released in 1965 and was deleted the following year with a production of more than half a million. It is in a range of colours, silver, dark metallic blue, light green, metallic purple and deep yellow with a black bonnet. Interiors can be red, cream or black and wheels can be wire spokes, cast spokes or spun. Most versions are of similar value except for the yellow and black one which is very valuable indeed.

325 Competition Version

The '65 Mustang in racing trim, this was a good move by Corgi as there was and has been since its release a whole industry around tuning up and racing the Ford Mustang - I've enjoyed watching them race against DB4s at Brands Hatch - of course the Aston won. The Ford Mustang Competition is always white with a double red racing stripe over the top. It was supplied with self-apply racing numbers. The wheels can be spun, cast or wire and look out for cars with red stripes on the sides, these will get a hefty premium on the price.

348 Pop-Art Stock Car

The 65 Mustang is one of the great Corgis and you can't blame them for trying to get a few more miles out of it with this revamp. Now who can help me out here. Before I bought this I could swear I remember one of my mates at school having a Mustang stock car with hand prints on the boot like someone had pushed it with oily hands and I had always thought it was one of these. This one is covered in flower power stickers. Is my memory faulty or am I thinking about a different toy altogether? It was more than 50 years ago. The Flower Power / Pop-Art Mustang was released in June 1968. It was always pale blue with a pale greeny/yellow interior. It is seen either with or without the bright and colourful psychedelic labels. Examples without the labels are priced significantly below those with the labels.

 

         
Corgi Toys 320; Ford Mustang Fast Back Coupe; Metallic Lilac, Cream Seats, Wire Spokes Corgi Toys 320; Ford Mustang Fast Back Coupe; Light Green, Cream Seats, Wire Spokes Corgi Toys 320; Ford Mustang Fast Back Coupe; Metallic Silver, Red Seats Corgi Toys 325; Ford Mustang Competition; Cast Wheels Corgi Toys 325; Ford Mustang Competition; Spun Hubs
Corgi Toys 320; Ford Mustang Fast Back Coupe; Metallic Lilac, Cream Seats, Wire Spokes Corgi Toys 320; Ford Mustang Fast Back Coupe; Light Green, Cream Seats, Wire Spokes Corgi Toys 320; Ford Mustang Fast Back Coupe; Metallic Silver, Red Seats, Spun Hubs Corgi Toys 325; Ford Mustang Competition; Cast Wheels Corgi Toys 325; Ford Mustang Competition; Spun Hubs
Corgi Toys 325; Ford Mustang Competition; Wire Wheels Corgi Toys 348; Ford Mustang Pop-Art Stock Car; Light Blue, Flower Power Labels, RN20      
Corgi Toys 325; Ford Mustang Competition; Wire Wheels Corgi Toys 348; Ford Mustang Pop-Art Stock Car; Light Blue, Flower Power Labels, RN20      

 


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