Giddy Up Survivor: 1965 Ford Mustang


The original pony car was first sold in 1964, and by 1966 Ford was celebrating the 1 millionth Mustang produced. But of all of those ponies, there aren’t too many survivors in this level of condition. This particular mustang isn’t perfect, but is solid and ready to drive. Seeing little road use since 1978 this Mustang was revived 2 years ago. Bidding has reached $6,800, but the reserve has yet to be met. Find it here on ebay out of White Plains, New York.


The 289 V8 would certainly benefit from a detail job to make the car better represent its survivor status. The engine and bay look corrosion free, and nothing looks out of place. This is an automatic Pony, so this will make a great cruiser. Many parts have been replaced making for a reliable and healthy automobile. The seller explains that this Pony has only covered 450 miles since 1978. The listing shows that this Mustang has covered a total of almost 57,000 miles. Although there is no specific information or confirmation on the mileage.


Looking inside of this Mustang is breath taking. The interior has a showroom new look, needing nothing to improve its appearance. The black vinyl is shiny, and the seats are smooth having no ripples from regular use. Even the seat belt webbing isn’t dry or faded. The exterior on this Mustang is nice for original paint, but there are some minor issues with the exterior. The biggest issue is a little rust forming in the rockers in front of the rear wheels. There is also a subtle dent in the trunk lid where the car looks to have been bumped. There is also a dent in the passenger front fender up near the headlight. It would also appear there is a little rust in the bottom edge of the front driver fender near the valence. But age comes with bumps and bruises, but even with these issues, this is still a nice example of a Mustang.


We can easily see this Mustang being maintained but being driven and enjoyed. No matter how many Mustangs were produced, or how many you have seen, the Mustang is still a car that will get your attention and warrant a looking over. How many of you are Pony car fans? Who would pick up this Mustang?


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  1. DJS

    I am the owner of a 65 convertible and am the third owner of this car, there fun easy to work on and nothing better the the top down and a run on a country road,

    • Matt

      DJS, I’ve eyed ’65 Mustangs, but don’t know much about how to work on them. Are there books or video series you recommend so a guy can learn?

      • Josh Mortensen Staff

        Hi Matt. There’s so much info on these cars on the internet, it’s hard to find a problem that someone hasn’t already provided a fix for online! There are quite a few books out there about restoring them and most are good. We’ve had several Fords, including our little ’65 Mustang, and they are all fairly simple to work on. The Mustang was without a doubt the easiest though. We were able to figure out most of the repairs without any resources, but the ones we couldn’t figure out, we just googled and were always able to find the solution (usually with good photos walking you through it!). If you get this one Matt, we would love to hear about it!

  2. JW

    It certainly looks well preserved and any car driven will have bumps and bruises and a tad of rust so in my opinion it’s a decent survivor but his reserve will tell if it’s affordable.

    • Rocco

      The reserve must be off, and the current bid is $9100. Sounds fair to me at this point.

  3. Vegas vic

    Nice color, good cruiser, real piece of USA history… Plus will turn heads, invoke memories!
    Different sixties experience as compared to hemis and big blocks.

  4. JCW Jr.

    Had 2 gone for different reasons looking for something reasonable price to redo. Not restore just make it a nice dd. Selling off some of my project to get the time and money for one. Nice car wish I was ready for the plunge.

  5. Glen

    Looks pretty decent for a 65, but the passenger door is about to break thru rust wise, typical of these years.

  6. David Miraglia

    Always liked Mustangs.

  7. Barzini

    These are my favorite type of survivors. It’s a clean, honest car that you can drive without fear of scratches, door dings or getting caught in the rain. Judging from the interior, it looks like it’s been well cared for.

  8. John B

    To be able to buy an old car knowing every single part of it is available new if necessary is a great confidence-builder.

  9. jps311

    I got a 66 handed down to me 79,000 original miles been sitting since 05. Only covered 4000 miles since 1990. Pretty mint just needs a good going thru. Was restored in 90. My brother bought of original owner in 1983 with only 30000 on the clock.

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