Although the Mustang had been in production for over a year before the 1966 models were introduced in the fall of 1965, very little changes were made. The grille had horizontal bars instead of the honeycomb pattern of the 1965 models. The quarter panel trim was changed, and there were minor changes to the seat upholstery pattern. The long hood and short trunk lid of the 1965 model were still present. Available body styles included the hardtop coupe, convertible and fastback.
Although the 1966 Mustang shared its platform with the Ford Falcon, the Mustang coupe had a slightly shorter wheelbase of 108 inches. The 1966 Mustang had the shortest wheelbase of all American Ford cars that year.
The overall length of the 1966 Mustang coupe was 181.6 inches, which was a few inches shorter than the Ford Falcon on which it was based. The length of the Mustang grew after 1966, until the smaller Mustang II was introduced as a 1974 model.
The track width on many vehicles differs from the front to the rear of the vehicle, but that was not true on the 1966 Mustang. The Mustang coupe had independent coil-spring suspension at the front and a solid live axle at the rear, but Ford engineers were able to match the track width front and rear at 56 inches.
The overall width of the 1966 Mustang was 68.2 inches. Included in this measurement was the standard driver's side door mirror. A passenger side mirror was optional and would have changed the dimension slightly to a few inches wider.
The dimensions of the original standard tires of the 1966 Mustang coupe were 6.95 inches by 14 inches. The original tires were a non-radial bias-ply tire that are still available from specialty tire manufacturers as of 2011. Many enthusiasts install radial tires on their Mustangs for longevity and safety reasons. The radial equivalent to the original tires is 195/75R14.
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