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Split Personality—National Inventor’s Hall of Fame Exhibit Shows 1965, 2015 Mustangs Side by Side

Posted May 09, 2016 10:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto comparison Ford mustang

Ever wonder exactly how the cabin of a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible stacks up against the inside of its 2015 equivalent? Ever consider how many patents go into creating a new automobile, versus 50 years ago? Thanks to sponsorship from the Ford Motor Company, a new permanent exhibit at the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in Alexandria, Virginia, answers these questions and more by parking a cutaway '65 Mustang convertible next to a cutaway '15 model.

To allay the fears of collectors, no 1965 Mustangs were harmed in the making of the Intellectual Property Power exhibit, which relied on Ford-licensed reproduction body panels, chassis parts and interior components to create the display (further allowing the museum to explain the merits of licensing and intellectual property patents). Both the 1965 car (in left-hand drive) and the 2015 car (in right-hand drive, as currently built for a variety of export markets) are cut lengthwise to approximately 60-percent of their width, allowing children and adults to experience more of the driver's perspective.

What other cars would you want to see with a cut-away comparison?

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05/09/2016 1:45 PM

The 1965 Mustang was a very basic car, but nice and neat...the new mustangs are bulging with padding and safety devices and roundly shaped for aerodynamic reasons, the older mustang was squared and angled with skinny seats that left some room where none exists now...the 4 speed 289 was fast and would lay rubber twice as far as the 327 Camaro...the 289 mustang was light, weighing only 3k lbs...most of the v-8's were 225 hp but there was a 271 hp version available in the hi-po...

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