Great Winter Project: 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

After sitting idle for a few years, this 1965 Mustang Convertible has been kicked back into life. It will still need some tweaking and tuning before it is ready for the wide-open roads, but it could be a great project to tackle during the Winter months, ready for some sunny Summer top-down cruising. The Mustang is located in Omaha, Nebraska, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding on the Mustang has reached $5,940 in a No Reserve auction, and there are also 100 people who are currently watching the listing.

The Mustang started life painted red, and has undergone a color change at some point to its current shade of white. The doors have also been replaced, and are from a 1966 Mustang. Rust appears to be quite minimal, with the majority of it being confined to the lower fenders and the quarter panels. The owner says that the floors and frame appear to be solid, and the supplied photo of the inside of the trunk looks very clean. The Mustang is fitted with a black soft-top, and this also appears to be in quite nice condition.

Looking inside the Mustang reveals a sea of red upholstery, and while it has a few marks and minor issues, it would certainly be considered to be acceptable for a daily driver. The dash pad has a few cracks, but the cover that is fitted camouflages this quite well. A few of the upholstered surfaces have some small holes in them, but I think that the majority of these could be addressed with some blind patches. The kick panels are quite scuffed, and the carpet is also pretty faded. However, both might respond well to a good dose of dye. The good news is that everything on the car works exactly as it should, including the aftermarket Mustang radio/cassette player.

Powering the Mustang is a 289ci V8 engine, while the transmission is a 3-speed manual. The Mustang had been parked for a few years until recently, but the owner has commenced the process of returning it to the road. The entire fuel system has been flushed, and a new tank has been fitted. All of the fluids have been changed, a new aluminum radiator has been fitted, while the rear wheel cylinders and rear tires have also been replaced. The Mustang now runs and drives, but the owner does suggest that it would pay for the car to receive a thorough check before any longer journeys are attempted.

Looking at this Mustang, it really does appear that the biggest job on the car is going to be repairing the rust in the quarter panels. If this is done and the car is given a fresh coat of paint, it should come up a treat. I do think that this has all the makings of a great Winter project, and it would nice to be able to roll the Mustang out next Summer and to see it sparkle under that warm Summer sun.



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  1. Ken Carney

    Just right for my niece! Too bad the lack
    of space and family commitments get in
    the way of a good buy. I don’t think my
    new girlfriend would understand my not
    being with her to do this build. Someone
    out there”s gonna get a great deal!

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  2. Sparkster

    Up to $9150 now, folks are liking this Mustang

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  3. DJS

    In great shape it could bring 20,000.00 or up to 35,000.00 so a good buy is there but at 10,000 price it will take at least another 5/ 10 Grand to restore it but a fun investment

  4. MrMustang

    I’m only seeing 8250.00 and no way that car is worth 20K, sorry. Needs too much work to get it looking decent, probably about 15K to get it looking right. Obviously the original color was red which I would have left it that way. JMHO

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  5. Sparkster

    Sorry, for the typo I wasn’t fully awake this morning. I’m with Mr. Mustang on the price. If it still had the original color red it’d be worth more. In So. California this is a high teens Mustang. Quite a few nice Mustangs in the low to mid $20,000 range with V-8’s.

  6. TimM

    I like the car and it sure would be easy to sorce a 4 speed top loader to make it a little more fun!! But not for the way the price is going!!

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