Perfect Project Pony? 1965 Ford Mustang

We have seen hundreds of Mustangs on Barn Finds over the years but this one really caught my eye. The seller has it listed here on eBay in Denver, North Carolina and they have a buy-it-now price of $4,995 listed or you can make an offer. Thanks to Larry D. for sending in this tip!

A lot of you know that I like things original and this 1965 Ford Mustang is about as original and unmodified as it gets. Well, at least visually, on the outside. I love the bone-stock look with the full wheel covers and white walls. This is what the Mustang was when it came out, not a monster or… gasp, a battery-powered car. The seller refers to this as a 1964-1/2 Mustang but those visual and VIN-related clues aren’t here, so this has to be a 1965 model.

At around fifteen-feet in length, it’s only around seven inches shorter than a new Mustang, the gas-powered version I mean. This car is a project as you can see, especially on the driver’s side rear quarter. The seller says that it was hit on that side and it’ll need a new tail panel and left side quarter panel. Luckily, literally, every part and piece of the Mustang has been reproduced so you can sit in your Barcalounger and order as many new parts as your spouse orders clothes. Or maybe that’s just mine who does that.

The seller has the interior listed as being blue but maybe they’re going by the melancholy feeling that it puts out knowing that someone put an automatic transmission in there and it was originally a three-speed manual. I’d be blue, too. They say that the clutch pedal is still there but it’s hard to tell, the photos were pretty small and grainy. The seats look good other than the bottom and bolster on the driver’s seat but again, it’s hard to tell from the grainy photos. As a general reference, Hagerty is at $8,300 for a #4 fair condition car which this car is a long way from being.

This is the part that makes this car stand out for me more than anything, it’s a straight-six rather than a V8. This is a 200 cubic-inch inline-six which had 120 horsepower. Sure, a small V8 would be great but I like things original and unusual so I don’t mind this six at all. The seller says that it turns over so that’s good, but it doesn’t look super encouraging in the engine compartment. I’m sure that the next owner will put this engine behind their shed and drop a 289 or something in here. How would you restore this Mustang?

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  1. Moparman Member

    Scotty: the front seats are non original and from a later model Ford, I believe. Bring deep pockets and the order catalog for this project! GLWTA!! :-)

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    • whmracer99

      Hard to believe that something with this many holes in it, non-running, and with the wrong transmission is worth anything close to what he’s asking.

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      • stu

        This world is filled will alot of dreamers…..

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      I saw that, Moparman, and then spaced out mentioning it. Thanks for catching that!

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  2. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    I love barn finds. Everyday I spend a lot of time reading these articles and the comments. Being homebound these days can be very boring. I’ve benn a car guy for most of my 73 years and barn finds is a great way to reminisce. A first gen mustang convertible is on my my wife’s wish list, in the mean time our 64 Buick Riviera consumes our interest.
    God bless all of you
    God bless America

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    • Larry D Brooks


      I agree totally. My health prevents me from leaving my home or even going outside very much. So Barn Finds is an excellent source of entertainment and such an enjoyable way to pass my time.

      I’ve owned around 100 cars/trucks in my lifetime but have had to sell them off as the years have gone by. So I can live that dream vicariously thru BF.

      THANK YOU, Barn Finds for providing so many people so much enjoyment and an amazing source to be able to locate some rare automobiles from days gone by. I really look forward to your email each day.

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  3. EricG

    My dad gave me a 64.5 mustang with the 200 6 cylinder and 3 speed manual. When I sold it it had 475k on it with only a refresh and used but redone head. Got 22 mags and had more than enough power. Amazing little car. I loved it. The kid that bought it in my junior year in high school had it painted and all fixed up but left the engine and trans alone.

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  4. Terry Yount

    Dump the 66 wheel covers.

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  5. rextreme

    Amazing what “junk” Mustangs “sell” for…

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  6. Allen Member

    A friend of mine had a ’65 straight six, with intentions of converting it to a 289. In the process, he discovered the sixes and eights did not share the same front suspension – the swap became more complicated…

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  7. piston poney

    could be wrong but thos like like mustang 2 bucket seats

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