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

1966 1965 mustang hubcaps

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 futher ado:

1965 mustang hubcaps :

65 ford musatng hubcap 1965 mustang hubcap

 

1966 mustang hubcaps :

66 ford mustang hubcap 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 dover 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! 🙂 

2 Comments

  • David

    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.

    • Stang65

      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 😉

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