1965 mustang hubcaps

1966 or 1965 mustang hubcaps, what’s the difference?

If you want to know what the original stock hubcaps look like for a 65 or a 66 ford mustang, you’ve come to the right place. See our pictures of both 1966 and 1965 mustang hubcaps and find out!

Without further ado:

1965 mustang hubcaps :

1965 mustang hubcap

1966 mustang hubcaps :

1966 mustang hubcap

It actually took me two years to realize that I was driving around in a 65 mustang fitted with the stock hubcaps for a 66 mustang. Granted, it’s not a major issue, but once I knew I just had to start looking for a correct set (finally found them on eBay).

Notable differences are the wheel cover center caps which say ‘Mustang’ on the 65 version and have the tri-bar logo on the 66 version, and the fact that the earlier wheel covers do cover the entire wheel while the later version has open sections.

I know some people will disagree, but personally I actually much prefer the look of the 65 stock hubcaps to the 66 version. However I do prefer the 66 center caps…

As I now have both versions I might combine the 65 covers with the 66 center caps. So that will turn out okay in the end! 🙂

Get the right hubcap size

Of course, it’s very important to get the right size hubcaps for your wheels:

  • 13 inch: Originally, early Mustangs were equipped with 13-inch wheels. Six-cylinder wheels had a four-lug pattern, and V8 wheels were five-lug.
  • 14 inch: 14-inch wheels where optional on both straight six and V8 Mustangs, and standard on 289-4V K-code cars.
  • 15 inch: Up until the fall of 1965, 15-inch wheels were optional for V8  Mustangs that were equipped with the ‘handling package’.

The most common size for classic Mustang wheels and hubcaps is 14-inch, but it’s always best to check before you buy.

Did this post help you? Do you have experience with this subject? Share your thoughts or ask a question in the comments section!

3 thoughts on “1966 or 1965 mustang hubcaps, what’s the difference?”

  1. I have just the opposite problem I think. I have a 1966 Mustang but the hubcaps that I bought it with are 1965. Do you know if any 1966 Mustangs were early models that had some 1965 parts like hub caps? I have had the car since 1995. It was a daily driver in college. I made it a Sunday car in about 2000 but then haven’t had much time/money to put to it till now. I am looking to replace the hub caps and put spinners on it. I just want to be sure I am replacing it with the correct ones that came with my car though.

    I agree with you. I like the 1965 hubcaps much better than the 1966 ones.

    • Hey David,
      Thanks for your comment! You ask an interesting question regarding the early ’66 cars. I’m afraid I don’t know either: it’s hard enough to find decent sources of information regarding details about these cars as it is. I can imagine that this could’ve happened though – for instance if a shipment of ’66 hubcaps were late and they still had some ’65s laying around. In any case, go with the ones you like: I changed my hubcaps to the correct ’65 hubcaps, but more because I prefer their look than for the sake of historical accuracy.

    • Chances are the 65 caps got put on the car sometime in the 30 years between new and when you got it,Originals got lost or stolen etc and the owner did not know or care what it should have had.


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