1965 Mustang Data Plate and VIN Decoder

1965 Mustang Data Plate and VIN Decoder

Last Updated February 23, 2024 | Kevin Brent

Properly maintaining or restoring your classic '65 Mustang can seem like a daunting task. One of the best pieces of information for making this task more manageable is knowing what parts your '65 model had right from the factory. Need help finding this information? You're in luck! All you need are your Mustang's VIN and data plate (or door tag). The data plate can tell you what body style, color code, trim, axle ratio, and transmission your '65 Mustang was produced with. The VIN gives you the engine code.

The information you get from your Mustang's VIN and data plate will help you restore it to its original state, and tell you whether the current parts on your Mustang are original.

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If you'd rather just type in your data plate information instead of looking through the tables below, use our classic Mustang data plate decoder.

1965 Mustang VIN Number Location

The easiest place to find the VIN for your 1965 Mustang is under the hood on the driver's side fender apron. If the VIN is not visible there, you might find a second one just underneath the fender.

VIN number stamped into the front fender apron of a classic Mustang

1965 Mustang Data Plate Location

The data plate is found attached to the inside of the driver's side door and contains the vehicle's VIN as well. The top line of the data plates displays the categories of codes that are able to be decoded. These categories are: body, color, trim, date, DSO, axle ratio, and transmission.

Door tag containing data plate information on the driver's side door of a classic Mustang

1965 Mustang Body Codes
Body CodeDescription
63A 2-Door Fastback, Standard Bucket Seats
63B 2-Door Fastback, Luxury Bucket Seats
65A 2-Door Hardtop, Standard Bucket Seats
65B 2-Door Hardtop, Luxury Bucket Seats
65C 2-Door Hardtop, Standard Bench Seats
76A 2-Door Convertible, Standard Bucket Seats
76B 2-Door Convertible, Luxury Bucket Seats
76C 2-Door Convertible, Standard Bench Seats
1965 Mustang Paint Codes
Paint CodeColor NameSample
A Raven Black
C Honey Gold
D Dynasty Green
H Caspian Blue
I Champagne Beige
J Rangoon Red
K Silver Smoke Gray
M Wimbledon White
O Tropical Turquoise
P Prairie Bronze
R Ivy Green
X Vintage Burgundy
Y Silver Blue
3 Poppy Red
5 Twilight Turquoise
7 Phoenician Yellow
1965 Interior Trim Codes
Trim CodePrimary Color/MaterialTrim Color/MaterialNotes
22 Blue Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Standard Interior
25 Red Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Standard Interior
26 Black Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Standard Interior
27 Aqua Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Standard Interior
28 Ivy Gold Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Standard Interior
29 Palomino Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Standard Interior
32 Blue Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Bench Seat
35 Red Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Bench Seat
36 Black Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Bench Seat
39 Palomino Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Bench Seat
42 White Crinkle Vinyl Blue Appointments 1964.5 Option
45 White Crinkle Vinyl Red Appointments 1964.5 Option
46 White Crinkle Vinyl Black Appointments 1964.5 Option
48 White Crinkle Vinyl Ivy Gold Appointments 1964.5 Option
49 White Crinkle Vinyl Palomino Appointments 1964.5 Option
56/56A Black Vinyl and Black Cloth Black ComfortWeave
1964.5 Option
62 Light Blue and White Crinkle Vinyl Light Blue Luxury Interior
65 Red Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Luxury Interior
66 Black Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Luxury Interior
67 Light Turquoise and White Crinkle Vinyl Turquoise Luxury Interior
68 Ivy Gold and White Crinkle Vinyl Ivy Gold Luxury Interior
69 Palomino Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed Luxury Interior
76 Black Crinkle Vinyl and Black Cloth Black ComfortWeave
79 Medium Palomino Crinkle Vinyl and Light Palomino Cloth Light Palomino ComfortWeave
80 White Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed 1964.5 Option
82 Blue Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed 1964.5 Option
85/85A Red Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed 1964.5 Option
86/86A Black Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed 1964.5 Option
88 Gold Crinkle Vinyl Color-Keyed 1964.5 Option
89 Palomino Crinkle Vinyl Black 1964.5 Option
D2 White Crinkle Vinyl Blue
D5 White Crinkle Vinyl Red
D6 White Crinkle Vinyl Black
D8 White Crinkle Vinyl Ivy Gold
D9 White Crinkle Vinyl Palomino
F2 White Crinkle Vinyl Blue Appointments Luxury/Pony Interior
F5 White and Red Crinkle Vinyl Red Appointments Luxury/Pony Interior
F6 White Crinkle Vinyl Black Appointments Luxury/Pony Interior
F7 White and Turquoise Crinkle Vinyl Turquoise Appointments Luxury/Pony Interior
F8 White Crinkle Vinyl Ivy Gold Appointments Luxury/Pony Interior
F9 White Crinkle Vinyl Palomino Appointments Luxury/Pony Interior

Related: Learn more about your 1965 Mustang's interior trim and materials.

1965 Mustang Date Codes
Date CodeDescription
xxC Day | March 1964
xxD Day | April 1964
xxE Day | May 1964
xxF Day | June 1964
xxG Day | July 1964
xxH Day | August 1964
xxJ Day | September 1964
xxK Day | October 1964
xxL Day | November 1964
xxM Day | December 1964
xxA Day | January 1965
xxB Day | February 1965
xxQ Day | March 1965
xxR Day | April 1965
xxS Day | May 1965
xxT Day | June 1965
xxU Day | July 1965
xxV Day | August 1965
1965 Mustang District (DSO) Codes
District CodeDescription
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
90-99 Export
1965 Mustang Rear Gear Ratios
Axle CodeGear RatioNotes
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 3.00 Limited Slip Differential
C 3.20 Limited Slip Differential
D 3.25 Limited Slip Differential
E 3.50 Limited Slip Differential
F 2.80 Limited Slip Differential
G 3.80 Limited Slip Differential
H 3.89 Limited Slip Differential
I 4.11 Limited Slip Differential

Related: Learn more about your Mustang's rear gear ratio. This knowledge will help you know if changing the axle ratio may be right for your build goals.

1965 Mustang Transmission Codes
CodeDescription
1 3 Speed Manual
5 4 Speed Manual
6 C-4 Automatic
Model Year
CodeDescription
5 1965
1965 Mustang Assembly Plants
CodeDescription
F Dearborn, MI
R San Jose, CA
T Metuchen, NJ
1965 Mustang Body Style Codes
CodeDescription
07 2-Door Hardtop
08 2-Door Convertible
09 2-Door Fastback
1965 Mustang Engine Codes
Engine CodeDisplacementBoreStrokeCompression RatioHorsepowerTorqueCarburetor
A 289 CID 4.00" 2.87" 10.0:1 225 hp @ 4,800 RPM 305 lb-ft @ 3,200 RPM 4-Barrel
C 289 CID 4.00" 2.87" 9.3:1 200 hp @ 4,400 RPM 282 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM 2-Barrel
K 289 CID 4.00" 2.87" 10.5:1 271 hp @ 6,000 RPM 312 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM 4-Barrel
T 200 CID 3.68" 3.13" 9.2:1 120 hp @ 4,400 RPM 190 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM 1-Barrel

Related: Compare the specs for all of the classic Mustang's engines in our first-gen Mustang engine guide.

Use Our 1965 Mustang VIN Decoder to Jumpstart Your Restoration

With your data plate decoded, you should have a better idea of what features came standard with your '65 Mustang.

You can also find everything you need for your ride on our 1965 Mustang parts page. If you want more great guides, tools, and content like this, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

If you want to see what came stock on other first-gen Mustangs, check out the VIN and data plate information for these Mustang years: 1964.5, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973.

Image Credit:1965 Mustang neg 142170-005, Ford Motor Company | Mustang | coupe | World Headquarters (Dearborn, Michigan)

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