Six-Cylinder Beauty: 1965 Ford Mustang

For its first two years, Ford couldn’t build enough Mustangs. In fact, they made nearly 1.3 million of them between its mid-1964 introduction and the end of the 1966 model year. The lion’s share were 2-door coupes and many of them had the basic six-cylinder engine with a 3-speed manual. Which describes this 1965 Mustang to a “t.” It’s a beautiful example of Lee Iacocca’s dream that has been reconditioned and repainted in the recent past and available through what looks to be a consignment shop. Wamego, Kansas is its current domicile, and it’s available here on eBay with a classifieds price of $15,900.

My money says the color of choice on the seller’s car is Dynasty Green and the respray looks as though it was well done on this Mustang. In fairness to the seller calling it blue, it does have a blueish tint in certain lighting. There is no mention of any bodywork or rust repairs that were needed prior to the paint gun. The black vinyl top with a matching interior is a good offset and we assume the car wore vinyl, to begin with. We’re told the car was garage kept and previously owned by a non-smoker. The aftermarket mag wheels and tires look great and the seller says the original tires, wheels, and hub caps will come along when the deal is done.

I owned a ’66 Mustang and the interior of this one is almost identical. The upholstery looks original as does the carpeting with no apparent issues to worry about. It even has Mustang floor mats in the front! There is no reference to how many miles are on the car, but we can see 4779.2 on the odometer. We can’t make out the number before it on the left, which could be anywhere between 0 and 9. This Mustang does not have a console, so the shifter comes right out of the hump. The shifter always rattled in the console of my ‘66, so this is probably no real loss. An aftermarket armrest has been added between the buckets with cup holders.

Under the hood is a nicely detailed compartment, with the 200 cubic inch inline-six taking center stage. The store-bought air breather is a nice touch. Because everything looks freshly painted, we don’t know if the engine has been gone into and what may or may not have been replaced, like the radiator. This was a Plain Jane performer with a 3-speed manual and no power steering or brakes. As long as you’re not looking to start fights at traffic lights, this little car has enough power to get the job done and be a lot of fun in the process.

The asking price of $15,900 is not firm as the seller says offers would be considered. But it sounds like fair money considering that the buyer would have nothing to do to the car besides driving and showing it off. V8 Mustangs and special ones like the K-Code editions or GTs will fetch a lot more dollars than this one.

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Comments

  1. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Many early Mustangs still “out there.” Too many of them are rusty messes, or in need of major mechanical work. Here is one which looks to be clean and tidy, attractive colors, the aftermarket wheels and tires offer a sporty look. So what if it isn’t a V8. Pretty much the top of the heap as to parts availability and simplicity when something breaks. Take it to Cars & Coffee or Sonic, go on weekend cruises with the local Mustang club. You will get plenty of attention and compliments. Lots of fun here for the new owner.

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    This Bob concurs with that other Bob. Nice car.

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  3. Mitchell Gildea Member

    I like everything but the wheels. A set of styled steel wheels from that era would do the car more justice

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    • marv reil

      The six cylinder cars all had four bolt hubs, and the styled steel wheels you’re referring to, are five bolt, so, you’d have to change out the front hubs, and rear axles to accommodate,

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  4. Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

    Not my favorite rims, but this car wears them well. I like everything about this car including the straight six and especially the price. GLWTS

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  5. CCFisher

    Dynasty green, or tropical turquoise? Regardless, nice car. It would be difficult to duplicate without spending more than the ask. The six-cylinder cars can be difficult to keep running smoothly, but there are shops that modify the carbs for better driveability.

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  6. Fred W

    This car makes a good case for just buying what you like instead of a typical project, which could easily equal the total cost after 2 years in the garage fixing it up.

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  7. Greg

    I had a 1965 6 cylinder Mustang that suffered from vapor lock at the strangest moments. It would just quit running when you needed it most…I was 20 with a growing family so, instead of fighting it, I sold it to a friend…I told him about the issue and we settled on 750 bucks for it (this was 1971)…he was T-boned in it less than a month later when it died in the middle of an intersection…luckily he was not hurt but the car was totaled by the insurance company.

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  8. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    This car is gorgeous. The price seems fair. I’m tempted to do more research and inspection of this one. Six cylinder is fine with me. These are my wife’s favorite drop tops next to early 60’s Cadillac convertible. Her high school car having been a fully optioned example as shown above.
    God bless America

  9. George D

    Please let me know when you find a factory produced 4 door(the lions share were 2 door) lol.

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