1965 Ford Mustang Fastback
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Given that the 21st century has seen a sort of return to the roots aspect for the Mustang, it was probably only a matter of time before the Boss 302 made a return. Over the last few years there's been steady and growing interest in the concept of a new-age Trans Am Special.
Jim Clarke led the charge with the creation of the 5.0 HO V8 for the Mustang in 1982 and was responsible for the continuous improvement of the 5.0 throughout the '80s. What Jim and his team accomplished is truly amazing.
Classic Car Overview
This is a 1965 'A' Code GT Fastback built in Dearborn, Michigan, with a DMO of Atlanta. The car then came to Oregon in the early 1980's. A partial restoration was done in the early 90's with the paint going to Rangoon Red from the original Raven Black. Also a stereo replaced the original. (new radio bezel comes with the car). This comes with the coveted original A/C (Freon depleted now), 6000 rpm Rally Pack, and the special order 4 speed manual top-loader transmission. Brakes, Steering, Choke are all manual.
The car was rescued from a utility barn in 2017 and the mechanical restoration so far has included all new: High performance PowerMaster alternator, Interstate battery, battery tray, Pertronix electronic ignition and high performance coil, spark plugs, Holley 550 carb, fuel filter, fuel pump, Wilwood 4 piston manual disc brakes front and rear (+ e-brake) [all still not even broken in yet], MAC ceramic headers, MAC long tube exhaust, pipes and mufflers to the original trumpets, KYB shocks, rubber bushings, motor mounts, lower control and A arms, right front bumper support, clutch linkage, brake plate and brake light switch, Legendary Wheels Magnum's wrapped in offset BF Goodrich Radial T/A's (with custom Mustang logo valve stem covers, more odd's and ends. Tires are P225/60 R15 in the front - P235/60 R15 in the back.
Again, these are ALL BRAND NEW.
Interior (all new): dash pad (however needs another new one. The aftermarket one is slightly curved. There is a new Kicker 4x10 center speaker, new Polk 6 1/2's in the kick panels with separate tweeters with a passive 6db xover, day/night mirror, PedalLock (with key), wood grain instrument panel and glovebox. (while the carpet is ok... having new carpet when the new floor pans are put in would make the interior very very nice. Could use new seat belts at the same time - all very minor items. This does have a small hole in the headliner on the driver's side, hard to see from inside and impossible from outside the car). The passenger courtesy backseat light has the plastic cover missing. A pair of new rear courtesy lights come with the car.
The front seat covers and cushioning are new. The back seats are original and are in very good condition (no cuts, stains, cracks, etc). The padding could be replaced to make it 'look' nicer.
NOTE: The previous owner did cut out the dash for a stereo back in the day. A replacement bezel comes with the car, and when replaced the look is perfect and good aftermarket stereos fit in the original cutouts perfectly. I've replaced one in my '65 Coupe.
Exterior: Professional buff and polish, Note: The original GT stripes were replaced with the GT350 stripes (which I think looks much better) and they kept the M-U-S-T-A-N-G letters within the cutout. The rear fenders are flared slightly for the offset rear tires. Subtle look that looks great. There are nicks, two extremely small chips, etc, in the paint. If you want a perfect paint job you'll need to take it in for that.
For those debating on the GT authenticity, here's what it does have: "A" code data plate, the reinforced exhaust hangers, (had) original front disc brakes with rear drums - now all wheel Willwood 4 piston manual disc, driving lights (that activate the rear parking lights), larger front anti-sway bar, dual exhaust through the trumpets, 4 speed, 6k Rally Pac, and quick ratio steering. It had the 'Moustache' black glove box/instrument panel, however these have been changed out to the woodgrain along with the simulated woodgrain steering wheel to maintain the look and feel of the original. As there are no official records for the '65 and '66 GT's, I can't guarantee authenticity and no one has been able to prove otherwise.
She also has some rattles due to the nature of the fold down rear seat and the trap door to the trunk area.
- NO TRADES - NO CONSIGNMENTS
- Clean Oregon Title
- Cashier's Check only with transaction at my bank.
- VIN: 5F09A373121
IMPORTANT: The authentic Oregon Blue/Gold license plates from 1965 are NOT included.
If you want information on how to get year correct license plates and the 1965 tags, I can get that for you. Plates are about $300 a pair and tags are about $20.
People that are going to point out every flaw in order to try and drop the price are not encouraged to respond to this ad. Nor are the purists looking for a perfectly restored car. This has a few small rust spots in the trunk pan, which would be expected from a non-restored 54 year old car that hasn't been blasted and dipped. It's a cruiser, not a show car. Nothing I'm worried about and I'm sitting at 250 lbs driving it.
Notes from what others have wanted to know/see:
- There's a few rust spots here and there - again, nothing I'm worried about as this is *not* in show condition. Magnet tests have been done all over and only the rear fender flares show some composite material used (which is natural with fiberglass/bondo in flaring out fenders. A note on this is that that there is metal mixed in with the composite material as the magnet shows a little adherence).
- It will not be hosed down or taken through a car wash to see if anything leaks. (Nor will there be a test ride in any kind of wet weather).
- It will be available to be inspected by a mechanic of the prospective buyer's choice (on their dime) and while I'm in attendance at the inspection place. It will not be left overnight anywhere.
- If you're going to ask if this is a numbers matching car, all of the stamped VIN's are in the correct place - and that's all you're going to be able to get. Ford didn't stamp the VIN on the engine/trans/etc, except for the "K" codes 1965 or 1966 (and '67 is iffy).
- The wipers are only one speed - slow - but it works. If you're going to take this out in the rain, expect what you get :) The two speed wiper was an upgrade option then.
- The floor pans are in an unknown condition as they were undercoated in the early 90's by the previous owner. I haven't taken apart the interior to check. A 'knock check' from underneath didn't offer any indications that they were in a weakened state.
- It has *manual* windows - not electric.
- The heater and defroster are hooked up and in working order
- These are *not* the original wheels - they're much better and look far better.
- I am not a 'motivated' seller (i.e., don't start picking the car apart trying to get the price reduced. I will end the discussion very fast. There is approximately $9,000 in restoration so far. Mechanically there's nothing wrong and everything is in great shape. I've taken it to the beach and back without any worries. Compression is good, all belts, hoses, etc are new or in great shape.
I've restored three Mustangs over the past 30 years, all 1965 coupes or fastbacks. I'm an MCA member and have worked judging events before as well. So for those who are going to try and fast talk around what the car has/doesn't have/should have, please don't even bother contacting me about this vehicle. If you're doubting price, check the classic car pricing websites and plug in the numbers.
For those that love Mustangs and want to get one back in their garage, or want one for the first time, this would be a good one.
If you're looking for a great cruise-in car or one that's a blast to take out on a nice day - this is it. I've yet to take it out and not get compliments on it every time.
Classic Car ID100992731
ConditionGood (3). The car is not show ready, however it's great for cruise-in's. Minor blemish retouches could be done to improve on the glossy paint even more. A full interior and exterior restoration would be required for seriously showing this car.
Transmission4 Speed Manual
Custom ColorRangoon Red
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