Rust-Free Runner: 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

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The elderly owner of this 1965 Mustang Fastback had big plans for the vehicle. Unfortunately, these never came to fruition. However, it is a rust-free classic that is said to run and drive well. It is worth a look because it is about as clean as you are likely to find for an unrestored Mustang of this vintage. It is located in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. You can drive this Mustang home today by handing the owner $25,500. If watchers are an accurate indication, then it would appear that this is a vehicle that has generated its fair share of interest since being offered for sale. There are currently 139 people who are watching the listing.

The Arcadian Blue Mustang presents extremely well, with no signs of any dings or dents. The owner does admit that the Fastback has received a repaint at some point. He also indicates that this was completed many years ago. The paint still holds a lovely shine. However, it is the lack of rust that tells the real story about this car. The owner supplies plenty of photos in the listing. While some of these are a bit blurred, there is nothing visible anywhere on the Mustang beyond some surface corrosion. All of the lower body extremities appear to be clean, while there are no signs of any issues with the floors. All of the exterior trim and chrome looks to be present, and as is the case with the tinted glass, it appears to be in good condition. The single exception would appear to be the hubcaps. Therefore, replacements will need to be sourced if the next owner intends to maintain complete originality.

I’m sure that there would have been a fair percentage of our readers who were hoping to spot a V8 when we popped the hood. Sadly, you are in for a disappointment. What we find is the T-Code 200ci 6-cylinder engine, producing 120hp. This is backed by a 3-speed automatic transmission. From a pure performance standpoint, this was the slowest version of the Mustang on offer during the 1965 model year. A ¼ mile ET of 19 seconds was never going to get your pulse racing. The owner of this Mustang had a great vision for the vehicle when he purchased it. The original engine was going to make way for a V8, while a 4-speed manual transmission was set to replace the automatic. Sadly, advancing years meant that this transformation never occurred. However, the Mustang has remained appropriately maintained and is said to run and drive beautifully. I guess that the next owner will have to choose to either leave the vehicle as-is, or whether they and the seller share a similar vision. If so, then a V8 might still be in this classic’s future.

To be diplomatic, the supplied photos of the Mustang’s interior are pretty ordinary. This is the best of the bunch, and it’s pretty blurry. At least the owner does apologize for their quality in the listing. He says that the interior is in good condition, and generally speaking, I would have to agree with him on that point. There is some wrinkling of the Blue and White upholstery on the passenger seat, but the rest of the trim looks to be quite good. There are no glaring issues with the dash and no apparent aftermarket additions. The owner does say that what you see is what you get with the Fastback. With that in mind, I would assume that there is no carpet included in the sale. This is not a bad thing, because it does allow us to get a good look at the floors. If new carpet is required, then $160 will secure a high-quality set for the buyer to install. This is a vehicle that isn’t loaded with optional extras, although the AM radio and the console are nice touches.

Maybe this 1965 Mustang Fastback doesn’t house a V8 in its engine bay, but that isn’t the end of the world. Upgrading the drivetrain of a 1st Generation Mustang is about the most straightforward task that you can undertake in a classic American car. Tens of thousands of people have done it, and the components required are cheap and easy to find. Of course, the next owner might want to retain the vehicle’s originality, and I feel that this is also a fair call. I wouldn’t criticize either option and have to admit that an A-Code 289 and a 4-speed would make this a sweet ride. So, what would you do?

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  1. Steve BushMember

    Looks to be a pretty nice driver but $25k is $5k or so too high for a 6 cylinder even though it’s a 1965 fastback.

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    • Robert Davis

      even it being a 6 banger its still worth 25k all day long in that kinda shape

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  2. CCFisher

    A six-cylinder fastback with the deluxe interior is an unusual find. Hagerty lists average value at around $18,000, so this one does appear to be above market value.

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    • CoDadx6

      I was just going to say I’ve never came across a 6 banger with deluxe interior.

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  3. Fahrvergnugen FarhvergnugenMember

    rather have the elco in the background.

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  4. Kenneth Carney

    Nice car for my neice. But $25K, really? I’ll
    bet if I waved say 5K cash under his nose
    he’d probably take it. My late next door
    neighbor had two 6 cylinder Mustangs
    when we moved into Mom’s house five
    years ago. One was a coupe, and the
    other a ragtop. Both cars looked great
    and he spent a lot of cash to restore them. But when it came time to sell them,
    he took a bath financially speaking. Neither car sold for more than $6K to $7K
    each. I felt bad for him especially when it
    came to the ragtop. He should’ve gotten
    at least $10K for it. Sixes may have their
    place, but not in a Mustang.

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    • Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TNMember

      There have been millions of Mustangs built with six-cylinder engines. They certainly have a place in the Mustang world. To me, not every Mustang must be high-performance. In fact at shows I’m drawn to six-cylinder (and, for that matter, four-cylinder) Mustangs as they represent the more common model of their day.

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      • Mike W H

        In my case, it was a nondescript beige/beige 65 6cyl sedan that was like a spare car in the family. I drove it regularly while I was having motor work on my regular car. It was awesome in comfort level and it was adorable in its clunky dorkiness.

        One thing, teenage me can tell you that it’s possible to have sex in the back seat of a ’65 sedan.

        Point is, I’d pay a premium for a 6 cyl Mustang. FB is a bonus. Imagine Fully painting GT 350 livery on this.

        Yes, I have an odd sense of humor.

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  5. Andrew Jeffery

    I would leave it as a six. Maybe do some performance modifications to the engine. It’s a interesting car with the deluxe interior and base engine.

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  6. Scuderia

    Plenty of ways to have fun with a 6. For instance

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  7. gkrone

    Upgrade the brakes to a dual master and drive it!

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  8. John Oliveri

    Well, it’s a blank sheet of paper, cause the 6 cylinder, front end, and brakes would be tossed, Rousch has a nice Coyote engine for this, maybe a nice overdrive trani, disc brake conversion, but at 25 large your upside down instantly

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  9. TimM

    Well another car that raises questions about value!! The only thing we know for sure is that six cylinder automatic cars were not really able to be beat on!! This car didn’t spend time on the race track or even street racing!! That’s where the value comes in!!

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    • Greg

      Tim, I had a 65 six banger and I drove the hell-o out of it. Drag raced it on the streets (No, it was not blinding fast like a V-8) and drove it like a road racer on the highways. It would handle the curves great!

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      • TimM

        They did handler better Greg that’s for sure!! The front end was lighter! I had a couple friends in high school with muscle cars that had straight sixes or in mopars case slant sixes and they ran them hard but they never really raced cause they knew they would get beat!! Maybe so in your case but I think the majority of them didn’t cause of the lack of horses!! I personally had a 200 sprint motor with a three speed on the floor manual transmission!! It was a blast to drive but I never raced anyone with a V-8 only my other buddies with sixes!!!

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  10. Stevieg

    A good cleaning and polish, an set of hubcaps & new carpet kit, and this would be plenty good for me! I too think the price might be a bit high, but as a seller he might be thinking it is easier to go down than up. I always start high on my prices with that logic in mind. Maybe not high enough though, the last 2 I sold off Barn Finds I got my asking price out of with not even a hint of negotiating. That kind of ruins the fun for me, I love to haggle! But it also is kind of nice to put more in the bank too, so I guess I will take it lol.

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  11. Jerry Lane

    I would go with a coyote upgrade complete 302 6 speed auto. I think it would make a nice car for todays driving.

    Like 0

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