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Amazing Find: An All Wheel Drive 1965 Mustang Built in 1965!

Amazing Find: An All Wheel Drive 1965 Mustang Built in 1965!

The famed Irish engineer and businessman Harry Ferguson is best known for creating the modern farm tractor as we know it. Ford’s amazingly popular N series of tractors were based on lots of Ferguson’s ideas. Outside of that he was one of the first champions of all wheel drive in cars. He built the first and only AWD Formula One car to win a race and thought the technology would be great in normal cars. In 1965 he and his company decided to convert one of the most popular cars in the world at the time, the Ford Mustang. 

Ferguson Research built three 1965 Mustangs with all wheel drive and this was no hack job junk. From the photos you can see a system that was very well engineered and executed. Even looking at the ride height of the car is an indication of how well the engineering was done. It is a touch higher than a normal Mustang but to the regular person the difference is almost impossible to notice.

These cars were built and driven, according to the seller and the documentation provided with the car, it has been driven more than 50,000 miles with the system intact and it works flawlessly to this day. An additional amazing fact that is that particular car, the only one of the three is equipped with Dunlop’s Maxaret brakes, which are a prehistoric version of ABS. That system is completely mechanical and while it didn’t get a lot of use in cars, it was well used in airplanes of the era. Automotive ABS didn’t take off until it could be supported be electronic systems in the late 1970s.

One of our favorite things about doing this every day is learning about cars we never knew existed. The Ferguson all wheel drive 1965 Mustang certainly fit that bill. Scroll down for some photos and a link to the site selling the car for 45,000 British Pounds.

Thanks to Arlid for the tip!

Link: 1965 Ferguson AWD Mustang 

AWD 1965 Ferguson Mustang

1965 AWD Ferguson Mustang

1965 AWD Ferguson Mustang


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3 thoughts on “Amazing Find: An All Wheel Drive 1965 Mustang Built in 1965!

  1. BKBridges

    Very Cool! I had heard about these mustangs but never saw one..There were also some Daimlers and Rovers with the FF system built as well. Im still in process on restoring my 69 Jensen FF but Ive gotten a chance to drive it a bit and It is a completely different driving experience than the two wheel drive versions of the Jensen Interceptor. The mustang would be a Must have if I had the $$

  2. nick

    It is said that this is what started AMC down the path to the Eagle. AMC used the same viscus drive to split the front and rear 35/65 percent.


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