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1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback Project

Oh if only this 1965 Mustang fastback had been garaged its entire life the way it is now! Unfortunately, the purchaser of this car will have some rust to deal with instead. It’s listed for sale here on eBay and is (so far) less expensive than many similar Mustang fastbacks as bidding is still under $7,000 as I write. The pony car is currently located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Thankfully, the seller does not try to hide the rust; there are several pictures that show some of the work that will be necessary on this car. I’ll admit, though, that it’s rare to see bumpers this rusty – it makes me wonder if they had been replaced with cheap reproductions at some point? The car has been stored since 1982 but we don’t know how well it was taken care of. The seller at one point calls it a “non-numbers matching” car as it has been converted from the original inline-six to a V-8. The seller thinks the transmission was changed out at the same time, and they also think V-8 suspension components were added at some point. I doubt that many of you would then go to the effort to return the car to its original configuration, especially considering the extent of the work you will have to do to return the car to the road.

So with originality out the window, what would you do with this early fastback? Restomod? Custom? Clone? GT350 copy? When one of these appears in white, I can’t help but envisioning it with blue stripes, but that’s me. Of course, I would make sure that anyone looking at the car knew it was not an original Shelby.

Look closely at this shot down into the right rear fender-well. It’s apparent that someone has already “repaired” this panel. Oh my. Given the extent of the rust here, I’m not sure if an acid bath or a Dynacorn shell is the best alternative.

The interior does appear largely complete if tatty. It will be useful having all the fasteners, clips and the like when the buyer puts this interior back together.

Can any sharp-eyed Barn Finds readers tell what V-8 this is? More importantly, have any of you restored a Mustang like this before? Share your experiences with the rest of our readers!


  1. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    At least this Mustang is a fastback, which has more interest/value. Otherwise it’s another extensive project. Nevertheless, plenty of bidders and the reserve must be fairly stiff.

    What caught my eye was the finished building housing several other cars, mostly Fords of various flavors, in similar condition. Wonder what is the back story. The seller also has a 72 Mustang on ebay.

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  2. George Mattar

    Pass. Too many of these for sale. Stored since 1982, where a salt mine.

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  3. Gerald W Zotta

    As quoted in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “Run away! Run away!”

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  4. fran

    6 cyl. car….as they say in crazy NYS, “FORGETABOUTIT!!” 6 cyl cars are not worth much, and with prices getting lower and lower! LOL as they say, “There is a $#& for every seat.”

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  5. rustyvet

    Wow, 10k for the privilege to spend another 15k. nice!

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  6. Kevin

    I have been trying to find a reasonable 65 or 66 fastback to put a Coyote motor in. Like someone mentioned spend $10,000 for the privilege to spend another $15,000 is an understatement. Asking to much for the amount of money and work that it needs. I’ll pass.

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  7. stillrunners

    Not sorry I sold my original paint 2+2 after it had been stolen a second time. Was getting tired of hitting my head getting in….and I’m only 5’10…..got seed money for a 1939 coupe a friend of my dad’s had….think about 2003.

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  8. stillrunners

    Dad letting me drive his Mustang…….before he passed it to me – we all got Mustangs when we turned 30….he took the front apart and never did put it all the way back….note new valance from the Ford parts department – late 70’s.

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  9. stillrunners

    It was his the first time it was stolen – can’t remember if I had the grille back in it when it was taken from my drive way the second time.

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  10. Steve

    I’m not sure why some comments make note of paying $10,000 to have the privilege of spending another $15,000. Anyone restoring an old car will find that’s reality. I paid $34,000 for a 1969 Camaro SS that I’m restoring, and to date, after 3+ years, I have an additional $60K invested. That certainly has been my choice. But I’ll take a $10K/$15K deal any day!

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  11. TimM

    Such an iconic car and it is worth saving!! The parts are reasonable and available!! I have done these cars and it’s not a bad car to do!! Would be a great father son project and if you don’t want to spend money get yourself a Prius and join the yuppie crowd!!

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  12. James Turner

    Must be a fool or a millionaire to pay $34,000 for a run of the mill SS 1969 Camaro then invest another $60,000 + When you could probably outright purchase one already restored for less than half of the $94,000 already spent. Not very logical thinking.

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  13. Jonathan

    Sold today 04/22/20 for $10,200 ! Yeah it needs work Duh… but it Seems pretty complete so honestly, $10k ain’t bad for a cool fastback project – I’ve seen worse and pricier. Take it or leave it

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  14. fran

    You must be the seller. LOL

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