Parked For 30 Years: 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2

Sometimes here at Barn Finds we see cars that really raise some questions in our minds. This 1965 Mustang Fastback is a perfect example. Until recently it had been owned by the same family for its entire life. At some point during that period, they chose to treat the car to a cosmetic restoration. As soon as this was complete they parked the vehicle in their garage, and that’s where it remained for the next 30-years. The current owner then purchased the car and returned it to a roadworthy state. Now that this process has been completed, he has decided that the time has come for the Mustang to head off to a new home. If you would like to be the next proud owner of this classic pony car, then you will find the Mustang located in Elkhorn, Nebraska, and listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has reached $20,300, but the reserve hasn’t been met. There is also a BIN option available, and this has been set at $34,500. Also at the time of writing, there are 108 people watching the listing.

The original owners chose to have the Mustang repainted in its original Wimbledon White as part of the restoration process. They also had the rear quarter panels and trunk pan replaced due to the usual rust issues. Whilst it doesn’t rate a mention, I suspect that the front floor on the driver’s side may also have been replaced. If you check the photos at the bottom of this article you will find one showing this area. I’m sure that it shows evidence of work in that area, and if I’m right, then this particular aspect looks like it is a fairly rough job. Otherwise, the car appears to be free of any further rust. The paint looks quite reasonable, but the owner suggests that it would really benefit from a wet sand and buff to return it to its best. There is also a crack in the paint just below the badge on the driver’s side front fender. If the Mustang has had limited exposure to UV rays since the restoration, then a good spray-painter should be able to address this and match the color with no real worries. The rest of the panels and the paint, the trim and chrome, along with the glass, look to be quite good. The vintage-look Torq Thrust wheels are a recent addition, but the original hubcaps are included in the sale.

It appears that the Fastback is a numbers-matching car, with the engine bay home to an A-code 289ci V8, backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. After sitting for so long, the vehicle did require some work to make it roadworthy once again. This included the replacement of the brakes, including the master cylinder and rear brake hoses. The fluids were all flushed, all hoses were replaced, the original carburetor received a rebuild, while the gas tank, fuel pump, sender unit, and the fuel lines were all replaced. There were numerous other small jobs performed, but the upshot of all of this work is that the Mustang now runs and drives perfectly. With 225hp available in such a light car, performance should be pretty decent as well. The only thing that the owner identifies now as needing attention is the exhaust. He is of the opinion that it should be replaced.

The Mustang’s white interior trim is said to be original, and it actually has survived quite well. There is a ter and a seam separation visible in the driver’s seat, but this looks like it could be repaired. There is also a hole in the headliner on the passenger side near the visor. I’m not sure whether this could be repaired satisfactorily, so a replacement might be on the cards. The rest of the trim, the carpet, and the console all appear to be quite nice. The original radio has been removed and an AM/FM radio/cassette player sits in its spot. However, the original radio is included in the sale.

I would love to know why someone would go to the trouble and expense of restoring a car like this Mustang, and then choose to park it for the next three decades. Still, their loss could be the next owner’s gain. The only real question mark that I have in my mind surrounds that front floor. What do you think?

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Comments

  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Nice car. Looks like they cut the rust out of the left floor pan and dropped the replacement into the hole, hopefully welded around the top. Should be taken back out and butt welded back in to prevent rust from getting into the overlapped area. Other than that, what’s not to like?

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  2. SMDA

    It would be nice to hear the whole story of this car. Why aren’t the site operators spending just a little time looking into these? Interesting back stories could make an average web site into an incredible one that could really be a winner, both as a cultural icon and monetary valuation.

    Why restore it then park it for decades? My guess, an elderly guy with the cash to do so, gets sick. Now he is dead and his inheritors want the cash back. Or, maybe some wealthy person who has money to burn and got bored but kept it around in case the value might go up. Who knows? We never will because the opportunity of finding out has or soon will be, lost.

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  3. flmikey

    Those cracks in the paint looks like there is bondo behind it…the emblem looks crooked…looks like frame repair too…and a group of 5th graders could have repaired that floor better…I would keep looking for a better example if I were in the market…

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  4. Bob S

    Adam, you stated this already has a different owner, then you go to mention the loss will be someone else’s gain. It more than likely was part of an estate, this individual was probably at the right place and time, and bought it on the cheap. Not that we’ll ever know, but I’d sure like to know what the current owner paid. So if I had to guess, Mr. Seller is going to make out like a fat rat. Even at the current bid, he’s probably WAY ahead of the game.

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  5. Classic Steel

    The owner has decided to sell after getting it running. Lets just say it “flipper”
    Okay good luck with the 20 k profit 💵

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  6. JudoJohn

    Fords didn’t have “matching numbers”. What you would get is the date the car came off the production line, and date codes that should be within a few months of the production date.

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  7. Del

    Comnents already nailed it.

    Patch job body.

    I do not think its worth 1/2 the BIN.

    But there are lots of Ford guys that know more than me. 😂🤣

    Like 5
  8. Gaspumpchas

    I agree with del and the rest of the guys. need to really look this over good, but its a moot point, as its sold for 34 large. Hope it works out for the new owner, That’s a lot of scratch.
    Cheers
    GPC

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    • Bob S

      Is it sold, or did they just pull the listing?

      • Steve R

        It sold.

        Steve R

  9. grant

    The “trunk pan” on a ’65 Mustang IS the top of the gas tank. So it’s on at least it’s 3rd tank. As others have pointed out, the bodywork appears to have been done by a novice 4th grader. As for the seller, this may be a flip bought on the cheap, or maybe he got it home and realized it was made of chicken wire and spackle.

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  10. Jost

    In my opinion the price is right for an A code , 2+2 with a 4 speed. This car is in good shape, and yes.. it will likely need some work but hopefully not to much. It has the deluxe interior package also. If it had the GT package it would go for a higher amount..but , once again…A code , fastback, 4 speed..very nice car

  11. Joseph Hoffman

    Winning bidder had only 10 feedback scores. See if it gets relisted when sale does not go through.

  12. Spanky

    There is a ter

  13. Eric

    If this really sold for 34,500 then then classic mustang prices are reaching new levels of crazy. I’m glad I bought mine when I did. As others said, bad bodywork, who knows what’s lurking under that paint. And is that roofing tar used as undercoating?

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