289 V8 Project: 1965 Ford Mustang

In its first full year of production, the Ford Mustang would sell nearly 560,000 copies (but the peak wasn’t to come for yet another year). With its roots in the compact Falcon, the Mustang was the sporty car sensation of the 1960s and will soon celebrate its 60th birthday. This ’65 Mustang looks to have good bones, though it’s been out of commission for many moons. Though it doesn’t run, the interior has survived well over the years. Located in Booneville, Mississippi, this Dynasty Green Ford is available here on eBay where the bidding stands at $4,150.

When this Mustang rolled off the assembly line, it was one of 12,320 said copies to be finished in its current color, just two percent of the autos ordered that way in 1965. It also has (non-working) factory air conditioning, not terribly common, and this is the first one I’ve seen in a while with a remote-controlled outside mirror on the driver’s side. Less uncommon is the 289 cubic inch V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor which was available beginning late in the so-called “64 ½” model run. A C-4 automatic transmission is its companion

We’re told that this Ford was first delivered by a dealer in Memphis, Tennessee, so it may have stayed in the Southeast all its life. We don’t know why the Mustang no longer runs, but the engine photo shows what looks to be a new carburetor although we’re told it’s original. Perhaps with some coaxing the motor will fire up one day soon and – after checking out the brakes and putting on some new tires – it could be ready for a local jaunt.

Though the paint, which looks like an older respray of the original color, has given up the ghost but hasn’t let rust become a major issue (that we can see). The outline of the selling dealer badge is still visible on the trunk lid. The only notable interior flaw is that the glovebox is missing its innards. The seller is certain that the low odometer reading of 782 miles is actually 100,782. As seems to be the case all too often, the seller bought this Mustang is restore but too many other projects are ahead of it. Who’s got the time (and budget) to bring this oldie but a goodie back to life?


  1. gaspumpchas

    Need more pics of the underbelly; look like some rust thru in the rear spring shackles. The a/c / Console combo is nice looking and rare. That console is unobtainium. Many Scammer bids. Good luck and happy motoring.

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    • RD Mash

      I’d say you meant unobtainable. I’m with ya on the undercarriage. When I go to look at a mustang, the first thing I do is drop to the ground and look at the undercarriage. Then go from there.

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      • bikefixr

        Unobtanium refers to something tangible that is so hard to find as to be unobtainable.

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  2. Ed Casala

    Well, I have seen them going for way more money for way more rusty condition. So this seems like a decent deal.

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  3. Emilio Reyes

    Nunca e visto uno en persona creeo que el día que vea uno sea para tenerlo conmigo para siempre y este me encantaría tenerlo si pudiera jajaaj cosa que veo muy difícil de tener

    • robert semrad

      No sabe’…..chanca’ usted speaka de Engles?

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