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Amazing Survivor: 1965 Mustang Convertible


It is astounding to think that a car purchased almost 50 years ago could go through life and only cover 19k miles. Especially when that car is a 1965 Mustang convertible. Pony cars were built to have fun, but obviously the owners of this one were more concerned about keeping it clean then cruising. If the claims are all true, this could be one of the most original 1965 Mustangs in existence. Find it here on eBay with an equally astounding price tag.


The typical 289 can be found under the hood, but this isn’t just any old V8. This one is about as close as you can get to having a factory fresh Ford engine from 1965. The spark plug wires, hoses, and even the belts are claimed to be original. We wouldn’t want to drive her very far with all that old rubber, but at least the tires have been replaced with a NOS set.


The white interior also looks amazing. We would really like to know more about how this car was stored in order to keep it in this sort of condition. It is currently located in Wisconsin, but we have no idea where it might have been before that. We are assuming it was a dry climate though because we doubt that having a dehumidifier in the garage was a common practice back in the sixties.


As expected, the underside is amazing too. The original exhaust doesn’t even look rusty. There is quite a bit of Phoenician Yellow over-spray, but we assume that is how it came from the factory. These little details get lost as more and more cars are restored in better than new condition.


Seventy grand is a lot to spend on any Mustang. Half that amount will get you very nice restored car, but original survivors like this don’t come along everyday. This one has already won the Mustang Club of America’s Unrestored Platinum Award so we think it is safe to assume that the claims here are factual here. This car deserves to be preserved for future generations to be used as reference for restorations. We just wish we knew more of the story behind it…


  1. Don Andreina

    Far out. Chances are this will never be driven again. Lots of coin, but wow.

    • MikeW

      It’s been driven and the exhaust is not original. The original muffler came behind the axle and was trans-versed. Why replace it with non-original equipment?

  2. Charles


  3. rusty

    yep would you believe in the 60’s “Barn with a valet service” were all the rage.

    It could only happen in America….love it what a lovely survivor how ever they did it.

    “Closer to new” I’d call it

    what a pleasant change from a “better than new” mustang in resale red….hee hee

  4. milo1303s

    Callin bs on this one why would ford color match the valve covers and air cleaner to the car ?

    • Charles

      The owner probably just painted the engine to match the car.

    • paul

      Yes I think they came in a light gold if I remember correctly, I think this was the factory color.

      • jim s

        yes ford did that back then.

      • Roberto

        Well Paul ,I had a 65,mustang 289 v2 the was light gold valve covers were a reddish orange still have the valve covers somewhere and that here in Canada/QUEBEC

    • MikeW

      They don’t really, the original engine colors were black and gold, the car is tan. The camera flash washes out the engine colors.

  5. Charles

    A low mileage original car like this will be the star of someone’s collection. Back when these cars were new, no one would imagine that any Mustang would ever sell for what these cars are selling for today. The car must have been stored in a climate controlled garage, or it would not look so pristine.

    As the owner of a couple of low mileage original cars, I know first hand the challanges of keeping an original car as original as possible, while keeping it in running condition. If it were a static display, there would be no problem. Drain the fluids, detail it, park it in a climate controlled spot, and polish it once in a while.

    My lowest mileage old car is a 1982 Pontiac Trans AM WS7, with T-tops. Think Knightrider, except in white. The car is totally original down to the tires, and has 24,400 miles on it. These days we drive the car about 150 miles a year. It took 1st place in its class at the Atlanta show. Parts still fail. Anything with rubber as part of it rots. The OE tires ride like cement blocks, and will probably pop just sitting in the garage one day. The OE hoses are hard and it is scary to think about a failure. Vacuum hoses crack, cause leaks, and the car runs rough until the bad one is discovered and replaced. OE parts are getting more difficult to find as the car ages. I replaced the right hand Air Injection Reactor manifold this year, and was told that I got the very last new one. This car survived, because it developed a mechanical glitch when it was new, was parked in an air conditioned garage for many years, and only driven once a week. And to think the Mustang that is the subject of this post, was 18 years old when my TA was built.

    Our next lowest mileage car is a 1986 Pontiac Trans AM WS6 T-top car, with 30K actual miles on it. This car survived because it was a weekend cruiser from day one. I have begun to change rubber parts on this car to keep it dependable. The car has new tires, hoses, belts, and is road ready. We replaced the original brake pads and rubber brake hoses this year. Still we only drive the car about 350 miles each year, mostly to shows. We attend the 100 point shows that raise money for various charities, and the car has earned six first place wins. The car is allowed to show as an original car, even though each year it becomes less original. The car has been maintained as 100% stock, however new GM parts are impossible to find. If we were competing in the 1000 point concourse shows, the criteria would be different. Of course, no one shows an 86 TA on a concourse level. But who knows in another 20 years?

    One has to wonder if the original owner of this Mustang set out to preserve the car for the future? Maybe an investment, or a weekend cruiser? Either way, there will be no shortage of interested buyers for this time capsule. It is nice to know that it has a good chance of continued preservation in its original state.

    • paul

      This Mustang is great.
      Charles, post some pics of your Pontiacs, they sound wonderful.

      • Charles

        OK, they both have interesting histories

  6. panman55

    The valve covers and the air cleaner are not painted to match the car, in 65′ they were painted gold from the factory.

  7. seth

    this car must have been someone’s baby from day one, only driven on sunny weekends.

  8. Sim

    Now this is one of those really rare and viable survivors. He’d probably fetch that much (if not more) as an unreserved car if he were to get lucky with a bidding war. I’m looking forward to watching this one for the results.

  9. Larry

    AMAZING !! The problem is you can never really enjoy driving it, as soon as you start to put more miles on it the value drops. I would love to be able to see it in person to enjoy it’s originality, great museum car. Wouldn’t you all be afraid to drive it any distance ?
    But what a GREAT example of a GREAT car !!!

    • Charles

      Anyone who can afford this car, can also afford a driver quality Mustang to enjoy.

  10. rancho bella

    Let me see if I can help out. Bob Perkins of Perkins restorations knows more about cars like this then anyone on the planet. Just look up Perkins Restorations, you’ll see what I’m referring to. He is quite well known for his Boss 302’s.

    As for the air cleaner, valve covers and block color (black)……..this is correct. Ford didn’t go over the Corporate Blue until later in production.

  11. jim s

    in the pictures on ebay there is one showing the underside of car with the rear axle and left rear shock showing. if you look at the floor pan right next to lower shock bolt there is some welding, on a seam, that runs about 1/3 of the way across toward the brake line near driveshaft. is that factory/stock?

    • paul

      Yes J I see it , it could be seam seal or a weld the factory didn’t finish off welds or seam seal very well back in those days, the metal on each side looks normal ( no distortion or bends ) so it probably is the way it came form the factory.

      • jim s

        thanks. i have been searching online for a photo of the same area of another 65 mustang conv. that looks the same and have found none.

  12. B-Man

    hmm.. this or a new GT500….before it disappears for a few years…..ARRRGGHHHH!!!!!!!!

    • rancho bella


      • B-Man

        Well. I have my heart set on getting my 392 challenger back soo….yeah…

  13. Jim Mosley

    You Westerners take note! The State of Ohio can and does produce old cars sometimes that aren’t all eaten up with rust. Just saying. What a beauty!!

    • Charles

      As long as they are not driven in the winter…

  14. Horse Radish

    My guess is that the first $50k are going towards repaying the 48 years of heating bills that were necessary to keep this puppy dry all those years in Wisconsin winters…….
    an astounding car. GLWTS

    • paul

      Good one & the other 50k goes to wax & car wash soap for 50 years, but we do love are cars so the labor is free.

  15. Roy

    No mustang is worth that except a Shelby of that year.

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