Diecast Year in Review: 1965

While movie classics such as The Sound of Music and Dr. Zhivago took the stage in 1965, there were quite a few cars debuting that would become classics in their own right. During a time of great civil unrest in the United States, many found comfort in the beauty and grace of motor vehicles. From the sleek and speedy racing vehicles produced by Ford to the practical Fiat from Europe, there seemed to be something for enthusiasts of all sorts. Collectable Diecast has many of these iconic vehicles from 1965 so you can find the right one, or few, for your collection.

Built solely for speed in competitions, the 1965 Shelby GT350 was an impressive vehicle for its time. This two-seat sports car could produce up to 306 hp with its 4.7 L V8 engine and had a 4-speed Borg-Warner T-10 manual transmission. No unnecessary concessions were made for comfort, but the car was still a beauty with its Guardsman Blue rocker stripes on a Wimbledon White body. With a wheelbase of 108 inches, high-riser manifolds, and a side-exit dual exhaust system with glass-pack mufflers, this vehicle sat comfortably on its shiny silver steel wheels.

There were only 562 of the 1965 GT350s made, making this rare car a great addition to any collection. Complete with Le Mans top stripes, this white 1/64 scale diecast model has been painstakingly recreated by M2 Machines as a tribute to the wonderful 1965 Shelby GT350R sports car.


Among the economy cars being produced after WWII, the Fiat 500 was considered to be one of the first city cars - being made primarily for space-saving convenience. Rather than a larger, family-sized sedan or SUV with a powerful engine, this smaller car was a great contrast to the norm with new, lighter features. The two-door coupe was perfect for the busy streets of Europe and fit the needs of the time with a small wheelbase of only 72.4 inches. The 500F model was different from previous models in having front-hinged doors, but it had an interior similar to the original 1957 design.

This iconic Fiat 500F from 1965 won't take up much space in your display, but the beautiful blue paint will certainly help it stand out. Bburago has once again created a replica to perfection in 1/18 scale, making it possible for you to enjoy this incredibly compact vehicle for yourself.


The 1965 Ford Mustang was a pony car created with a shorter top and rear deck as well as a longer hood. This sports car named after the P-51 Mustang fighter plane from WWII was used a great deal in Pro Stock drag racing. The 1965 model specifically had five different vehicles qualify for the Factory Stock Eliminator Class with one of them winning. With over 550,000 vehicles sold in the U.S., the 1965 model was one of the most popular Ford Mustangs in history. It even won the Tiffany Gold Medal for excellence in American design, an award to be highly proud of.

Jada Toys has now made it possible for you to include this widely popular and highly sought-after vehicle to your own collection. Painted in a stunning metallic red with pristine white stripes, the 1965 Ford Mustang Pro Stock has been made in high detail on a 1/24 scale that will look great in any display.


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