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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.
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Sometimes you just want a nice Mustang that drives well and doesnt give you headaches. This 1965 coupe is like that, offering a sweet-running 289, factory A/C, and a paint job that might help keep you out of trouble, its exactly the right car for someone who likes to drive their vintage hardware. This is an early 1965 Mustang and it doesnt get much more traditional in the Mustang world than Wimbledon White. Thanks to a fairly comprehensive restoration not too long ago, its very clean and the creamy Wimbledon White paint is exactly the right shade. Look how it defines the side coves, which are also highlighted by shiny trim inserts. Youll also note that the bodywork was nicely done and the car appears to be very solid and clean inside and underneath. The paint was sprayed only a few years ago, and its two-stage urethane, so it should look this good forever with just a modicum of care and the gaps are better than most early Mustangs that have led hard lives. The trim was also refreshed or replaced during the restoration, and both bumpers, the stainless window surrounds, and the pony grille are all in excellent condition. Its kind of nice to see a base V8 Mustang that hasnt been given the Shelby treatment or even GT fog lamps, and instead presents pretty much as it would have back in the 60s when it was someones daily driver. A gorgeous red interior is a dramatic contrast and a classic combination, and it is indeed the cars original arrangement. New carpets and contrasting white door panels work rather well with the painted white dash and matching console. The steering wheel is a nice piece and is fitted with a period Rally Pac with correct early-style sweeping tachometer. The main gauges show bright, clear markings and shiny chrome accents, so the dash has surely been restored and the chrome switchgear is mostly reproduction stuff that looks right. Air conditioning was often a dealer-installed option, and on this coupe it uses R134a refrigerant with the the under-dash vents and controls and it blows well, but admittedly seems to need a fresh shot of freon to blow its coldest. An AM/FM head unit has been installed but the metal dash has not been modified to accommodate it and the factory-issued AM radio comes with the car. The trunk is very tidy and includes all the correct plaid mats. With Fords of this vintage, theres really no way to say conclusively that the engine is numbers matching, but it definitely looks like factory-issue under the hood. The A-code 289 makes great noises and its bubbly, bouncy idle unwinds into a wonderful tenor wail as speed increases, mostly thanks to a 4-barrel carburetor and recent dual exhaust system. The big A/C compressor dominates the engine bay, but theres correct early black engine paint on the block and gold tinwork up top with reproduction decals. Underneath, it appears to be highly original and solid, and the C4 3-speed automatic transmission and 8-inch rear end with 3.00 gears inside are ideal dance partners. Its also quite easy to drive thanks to power steering and power brakes, both desirable options even on a lightweight coupe. And for period-perfect rolling stock, look no further than the original steel wheels with distinctive Mustang hubcaps and 195/75/14 whitewall radials. This is a great-running coupe with a lot of desirable equipment. If youre a fan of tradition, perhaps this lovely white Mustang is what youre looking for. Call today!
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