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Drive and Enjoy: 1965 Mustang 2+2 Fastback

Another day, another Mustang, but despite their proliferation, each has its own story to tell. Such is the case with this 1965 Mustang 2+2 (Fastback) located in Tollhouse, California. It’s up for auction here on ebay, with the reserve not met at $10,600, no surprise, and a buy-it-now price of $45,000. Should you pick it up at that full ticket, or is it worth throwing a hand in on a bid and seeing where things go? The auction ends Saturday morning, in case you’re going to take the latter strategy.

It’s a coveted “black plate” California car, and the seller indicates that the floors are clean and that the sheet metal appears to be original. That’s crucial, but expected if the car has lived in the Golden State all its life. Tollhouse, for those wondering, is in Fresno County. So no sea salt air and only whatever rain the various owners have allowed this car to sit in would threaten the integrity of this car’s structure. Looking at the photos, the trunk area is spotless, the frame rails unassailable by any critic. The underneath exhibits a bit of surface rust, but nothing that’s going to cause any worry.

The car is a C-code, so having a 289-CID, two-barrel equipped engine from the factory. The engine bay has been gone through, and it looks very close to correctly detailed at first glance. Then you ask yourself, “Why is this blue? Didn’t the 1965 289 get a gold-and-black livery?” As a runner, all seems well. The gears are changed via a four-speed floor shifter, a lot more fun than were this a three-speed manual. Mileage indicated is just over 76,000, though there’s no claim made as to the authenticity of that number. The body looks pretty straight, but the paint is older. Is it Rangoon Red? That might be correct by how it looks, though the trim code decodes to Vintage Burgundy. In any case, if this is your forever car, you’re likely to be putting a color coat on it at some point, though not right away. This one’s plenty pretty enough to enjoy as it is.

The current owner can verify ownership back to 1984, so you have the reasonable assurance that this car hasn’t been fiddled with by multiple hands. In addition, some mechanical improvements have been made, including the installation of disk brakes, which would make driving more worry-free. There’s not much not to like here, in fact, except maybe the price the seller is hoping for, but even that reflects a reasonable demand in the present collector-car environment.

Comments

  1. Avatar photo Stan

    289 w 4sp is all the power I’d need for a cruiser. Really nice color on this one.

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  2. Avatar photo Charles McGuire

    This mustang would be awesome to own looks pretty cool I really like the color,I don’t mind the Ford Blue engine in fact any color would work,for me original is okay but being raised in the 80’s and 90’s stock is kinda boring,I guess I’m a bit of change artist as long as it looks good and not to overdone your good to go.

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  3. Avatar photo Rob

    No way that’s Ragoon Red, brother had a 64 1/2 conv with Ragoon red

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  4. Avatar photo Jackie Hollingsworth

    The X color code on the door plate code is correct for Vintage Burgundy which is what the car appears to be.Nice car.I would put the correct steel styled wheels on it.

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  5. Avatar photo BigDaddyBonz

    Nice car. When I see what they’re going for now. I wish I could’ve kept some of my Mustangs (2 fastbacks and a coupe), 2 pick ups, a Ranchero and my ’51’ 2 dr. Nice to dream but family obligations came first. Been married for 52 years. Wife & Kids are great. Good trade off.

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  6. Avatar photo C Force

    The blue has got to go from the engine bay,never understood Fords almost obsession with using 2bbl carbs on everything.the mustang should of been special in the sense that they should of used 4bbl carbs on all their V8 mustangs.The Fords i owned the 2bbl was amongst the first things to make an exit from the engine bay.Used Holley 4bbl carbs.

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    • Avatar photo Fred

      Probably 2 resons 1-cost 2-milage claims jmho ?

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    • Avatar photo Fred

      Probably 2 resons 1-cost 2-milage claims jmho ?

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  7. Avatar photo Farn

    Stopped looking when I saw all the latches painted. Looser could not take a little time to correct the incompetence?

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    • Avatar photo fran

      Sorry my statement was harsh…Not a looser, but as the big guy would say, “come on man” Do a little work and it will be much better!

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  8. Avatar photo Jackie Hollingsworth

    I can’t see this person being a looser just because he does not please everybody.

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    • Avatar photo 370zpp Member

      Agreed. Some here are so quick to condemn and criticize others.

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  9. Avatar photo Jake Loring

    Burgundy is the color! My father bought a brand new 65 coupe 289 2 bbl 3 sped, dealer installed air in this very color…oh how many times i wish i would of bought it from him before they traded it off

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  10. Avatar photo Heartbreaker AL

    Absolutely gorgeous, this one will reach 6 digits in our lifetime!

    Like 2

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