Solid ‘Stang: 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe

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After sitting in storage since 2010, this 1965 Mustang has finally been brought out into the California sun. Still wearing its original black plates, the car is a very solid example that now starts and drives. It needs some work to get it back on the road, but this appears to be fairly minor. The owner has set a BIN price of $10,000 for the Mustang, and it has certainly grabbed the attention of potential buyers, with 118 people watching the listing. Located in Simi Valley, California, it is listed for sale here on eBay.

Rust in this Mustang is pretty well non-existent. There are a number of photos of the floor, and they are clean, with no sealer or other substances present to cover up potential problems. The body is straight and clean, with only a few minor dings and blemishes. One thing that throws me in the description is a reference to the clear lifting in places. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure that there would not normally be clear applied to a car like this in the factory. If this is the case, then it may indicate a repaint at some point.

The owner refers to the engine as being a C-Code 289ci V8 but doesn’t indicate whether it is a numbers-matching car. The engine is backed by an automatic transmission. There have been some changes made under the hood, with the addition of some additional chrome accessories, and a set of exhaust headers. The car starts, runs, and drives well, but the owner does suggest that after sitting for nearly 10-years, the new owner would be wise to give the car a pretty thorough check before they actually drive the car any distance.

The interior of the Mustang doesn’t look too bad, and it could certainly be used as it is. There is an aftermarket CD player mounted under the dash, and I suspect that this is hooked to the speakers that have been set into the rear parcel tray. The top of the rear seat has copped the brunt of the California sun, and the cover will require repair or replacement, while the dash pad is also cracked. There is also a tachometer mounted to the steering column that isn’t original. The rest of the interior and trim looks like it will respond to a clean, while items like the floor console look to be in first-class condition.

This Mustang appears to be the sort of car that you could send off to your local mechanic for a full check-up, and then get it out on the road to enjoy. It does appear to be a rust-free car that has benefited from life in California. The overall condition of the car seems to suggest that it should be a pretty easy car to restore, and that could make it a great first project car for someone.

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  1. healeydays

    I’m kind of surprised someone hasn’t bought it yet.

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  2. j liu

    The engine bay would never be the car color, indicating a repaint of the vehicle in the past. Plus they painted over the hood hinges, fender rubber bumpers and bolts, incorrect and sloppy. The author is right on the paint, Ford used a single stage Acrylic Enamel finish.
    The car looks solid though.

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  3. Brad

    To my knowledge there wasn’t “numbers matching” engines for 1965 unless it was a K code.

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    • Joey V

      has the “K” code air cleaner lid…. does that count ?

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    • Alan pickard

      Any 60s mustang where you dont have. To replace everything is à good find. Dont aspect To buy something this year with out coing work To it you would naive….

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  4. connbackroads

    I might be wrong, but isn’t that a 66 gas cap?

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  5. Leman

    My wife & I sold a 65 Mustang in tip-top condition in 2004 with the 289 ci Auto for $2500.00. It was all original one owner 82K miles. So I am wondering what makes this one worth $10,000.00 the one we had was actually in better condition than this one is the one we had was metallic green original paint.

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    • ctmphrs

      The difference is fifteen years.

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    • robert semrad

      15 years and you sold too low. The problem, with the price, is you are using yourself as the standard…the one who sets the prices for 65 Mustangs….you just simply screwed up and sold too low. That’s all.

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