Concours Winner: 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback

The owner of this 1965 Mustang 2+2 Fastback spent thirteen years performing a no-expense-spared restoration, and the result is stunning. From its one-year-only paint shade to its spotless interior, this classic will cause its new owner to feel nothing but pride. With the car close to perfection, they believe the time is right for it to find a new home. The Fastback is listed here on eBay in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada. The bidding has raced to $27,600, although it’s unsurprising that the figure is short of the reserve.

The seller purchased this Mustang from a previous Californian owner in 2000. It had spent its life in that state, helping explain how it remained rust-free. That gave them a solid foundation on their quest for perfection, and the buyer will reap the reward for their attention to detail. The restoration included a repaint in the Mustang’s original Honey Gold, a shade offered only for that year. It is unclear when the work ended, but this classic is no trailer queen. It gets driven as its creators intended, meaning the paint has some recent touch-up work. None of the work is visible in the supplied shots, with the seller indicating that only one is evident in person. The paint cloaks panels that are as straight as an arrow, but the best news is that the Mustang remains rust-free. Nothing is visible externally, while the floors, rails, and torque box region are clean. The styled steel wheels look beautiful wrapped in whitewall tires, and their spotless condition matches the remaining trim. This classic features factory-tinted glass that is flawless.

Although the seller doesn’t go as far as to say this Fastback is numbers-matching, they indicate its A-Code 289ci V8 is date correct. The original owner ordered the car equipped with a three-speed automatic transmission, but a four-speed found its way under the classic during the build. The car rolled off the line with power steering, although there is no assistance for the front disc brakes. This combination should deliver a ¼-mile ET of 15.5 seconds in standard form, although the figure could be better with this beauty. The seller treated the V8 to a rebuild during the restoration, including a blueprint, balance, and some mild upgrades. It may not deliver the 271hp we would expect from a K-Code, but it should leave the original A-Code figure of 225hp in the shade. Although the seller doesn’t provide specific information on the car’s mechanical health, the presentation and lack of apparent leaks or other problems suggest the news should be positive.

I always hesitate to describe any aspect of a fifty-seven-year-old car as perfect, but it is hard to find a more appropriate term for this Mustang’s interior. Its Black vinyl upholstery shows no wear or other problems, while the carpet, dash, and pad are equally impressive. There is no wear on the wheel and no evidence of aftermarket additions beyond the sensible inclusion of seatbelts for all occupants. Although it isn’t highly optioned, the buyer received a Sport Deck rear seat, a console, a factory AM radio, and the ultra-cool Rally Pac gauges.

The overall presentation of this 1965 Mustang 2+2 Fastback is enough to knock off your sox. The owner’s upgrades have been carefully considered and should offer a rewarding driving experience. I can wax lyrical about its condition, but the collection of show silverware it has accumulated speaks for itself. It needs nothing and has already generated twenty-one bids with time remaining on the auction. I expect that figure and the price to climb substantially before the hammer falls, but it will be fascinating to know whether we have any readers tempted to join the bidding war.


  1. angliagt angliagt Member

    Wow – a barnfind that you can drive right away.

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  2. tiger66

    BF: “Although the seller doesn’t go as far as to say this Fastback is numbers-matching, they indicate its A-Code 289ci V8 is date correct.”

    Date-correct is the closest you can get on these as they didn’t VIN-stamp the A-code engines. Then again “numbers matching” is a loosely applied term these days.

    BF: “This combination should deliver a ¼-mile ET of 15.5 seconds in standard form…”

    Doubt it. Even the K-code wasn’t that quick in contemporary road tests. 1965 bias-ply tires likely a factor, though.

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    • Joe

      I agree Tiger…..the Road tests listed in the papers & magazines back in the day, were mostly fudged…..any car enthusiast should know this…the 271 Hipo cars would be mid to high 15’s….many didn’t have the traction-lock rear axles….

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  3. Grant

    Like the whitewalls. Back in the day that was true style.

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    • Shuttle Guy

      You like something?

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      • 370zpp 370zpp Member


  4. Grant

    Like the whitewalls. Back in the day that was true style. Those are getting hard to find.

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  5. Scully

    Bought 1 in a bar sale 300$ in 1977 best ride I ever owned!

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  6. Jackie Hollingsworth


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  7. George Mattar

    Not a Mustang guy, but this is the way to buy an old car. DONE. Beautiful.

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  8. Chuck Dickinson

    Originally, at least on coupes and converts, cars w/out the faux scoops on the quarters had the side pinstripe. I thought that the 2+2s were the same?? This has neither scoop nor pinstripe.

  9. Bruce Rolfe

    What concourse award? It is non original with a 4spd, don’t get me wrong I love my manuals. But how can it be a concourse winning car with a totally replaced tranny and additional 3rd pedal.

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    • Donwillie

      Good point. Does that paint color have some green in it? Doesn’t look like a true gold. I’m currently high bidder but the reserve has not been met.

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