1965 Mustang: Built Into The Barn


They had to take down a wall to get this 1965 Mustang out of the building where it was stored for over 20 years. It runs and drives after having the transmission rebuilt, radiator replaced and such. It’s a very original survivor car ready to drive as it is or restored a bit, perhaps have the interior redone. There’s no rust showing, but it is in Florida so rust is more than just possible. It’s for sale here on craigslist in Jacksonville, Florida for $8,250. That’s no bargain, but for a well sorted survivor, if there is no rust, perhaps it could be reasonable.


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  1. Joey G

    They forgot to mention the last paint job and the rust in the lower doors.



  2. MikeW

    It’s hard to appraise this car without actually seeing it. My advice is to check it out in person, if not possible, then hire a expert appraiser before buying it. I wouldn’t put to much value on the early 260 motor, it might even be a deduction as the 289 is better.

    • Jason Houston

      I respectfully disagree. The 260 was every bit as good as any engine made on that block. I’ve had more 289s toss heads than I ever had with 260s.

  3. Cassidy

    Its way over-priced for a plain-jane coupe considering the interior is a mess and “some body panels” need “restoring”. After a few weeks of tire kickers, and low ball offers, this guy might finally get it figured out that this Mustang is not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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    • Jason Houston

      Definitely. Way too many of these CL sidewalk authorities need to be kicked in the a** with the boot of reality.

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  4. Tom

    Why did they even make a 260?

    • MikeW

      @Tom: They made them as fast as they could and used lots of 64 Falcon parts and the 260 was just a carry over from it.

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Well, without the 260, you wouldn’t have ever had the 289, 302, or 351. It was just a step in the evolution of the Windsor small block.

      • David G

        Actually, it was the 221ci that got the small-block ball rolling at Fomoco in 1962. Please correct me if i’m wrong but i believe that very-first small block version was only available in the new smaller 1962 Fairlane, as an option. Then the next year in 1963 intro’d the 260, available in both Fairlanes, Falcons, and Mercury Comets. (Wayyyy before the Mustangs!) At least i think that’s the way it went for the SBF debuts…

    • piper62j

      The 260 entered as competition for the Chevy 265 (if I remember correctly) and it replaced the aging 292 / 312 engines..

      • Jason Houston

        The 292 aged gracefully. It was one of Ford’s stand-out engines and still is today. The 312 was junked after less than two years of production in Fords.Most 312s barely saw 60,000 miles under normal care that would get 100,000 out of a 292. The 312 remained the small V8 for 1957-60 Mercurys.

    • Jason Houston

      The 221 was the modern replacement for the 292, which saw a decade of successful production as Ford’s entry-level V8.

  5. Walter Joy

    Reminds me of the barnfind Superbird

  6. don

    to much for a plane jane, not sure if it even has power steering, rust free car if Florida? don’t think so. buyer beware!

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    • piper62j

      Yep.. it has power steering.. but,,,,, no AC….

  7. piper62j

    I’s like to know what interior body parts are.. (Floor pans? inner door shells? dash panel? inner quarter panels?)

  8. piper62j

    Stored at a marina… Not too appealing..

  9. kenzo

    Just another one of a gazillion mustangs made. I’m getting really tired of these over priced Fords as well as the big wallet guys and their Porsche

    • Jason Houston

      I can’t think of a more ho-hum Mustang, if it isn’t a white car with blackwall tires. Yaaaawwwn…..

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  10. piper62j

    We were constantly pulling 289 heads for valve jobs. The biggest issue was always the original valve guides wearing oblong..

  11. Dennis T

    I am my brother both owened 1965 2+2. That can not be the correct engine 65 had gold valve cover and aircleaner 66 was blue

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