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Sunburnt And Stock: 1965 Ford Mustang


This 1965 Ford Mustang here on eBay just about wears the perfect amount of patina, reflective of a lifetime of sun exposure in a dry, temperate climate like Arizona. Although it has been sitting for ten years, the rust is not yet terminal and it looks like a project worthy of being brought back even if it’s not equipped with any exciting options. 


The engine is not original to the car but the seller will include the numbers-matching unit. That will make it easier to rebuild the original engine in the garage while a bodyshop tackles the few rust perforations that have developed. The engine currently installed does run, but will need some fuel line work and to hunt down why the battery won’t hold a charge.


The sellers are only the second owners and have owned the Mustang since 1984. I can’t tell how they used it in that time, but it’s clear it’s seen limited action in recent years. It appears to simply be a driver-quality car that was used for daily duties, with options from the factory limited to windshield washers, remote driver’s door mirror and day/night review mirror.


Although the patina on the hood can’t be called original since it’s from another car, the rest of the panels seemed to have at least aged in a similar way. The Mustang has been repainted once in its life, so I don’t see any harm in either preserving its crusty exterior or stripping it down and starting over. As long as you’re not on the hunt for a rip-snorting V8 with a stick, this basic Mustang cruiser could be a cheap cruise-night worthy project – espeically with no reserve and bidding below $2,000.


  1. Avatar photo Tracy

    IMO, a worthy vehicle for restoration to original for a daily driver

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  2. Avatar photo piper62j

    Yep.. Nice car.. Upper aprons are in very good shape and the surface rust on the body can be cleaned up for a new paint job..

    Good find and great project..

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  3. Avatar photo joeinthousandoaks

    I think you guys were blinded by the Desert sun and missed the severe rust in the right front floor. (see picture of valve train inside car)

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    • Avatar photo Rocco

      There is an eng. block laying there as well.

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  4. Avatar photo van

    Sorry guys do you remember how many 64-66 mustangs they made
    The only coups that should have value are loaded and original
    V8 with ac minimum
    This is a great first car in high school or customize all you want.

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  5. Avatar photo Stang1968

    Very common spot for rot on these Mustangs. Easy to find replacement and put them in.
    Car has rust in front lower doors, rear quarters, floors. I’d check the fenders near the door and cowl in person, as well as wheelhouses and trunk floor drop offs.
    It’s a shame its not a V8. I still haven’t jumped on the I6 bandwagon for these old Mustangs.

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  6. Avatar photo Charles

    Cowl leaks are prevalent on the 64 1/2 to 66 Mustangs. That is the first item to check on these cars. If the cowl has to be replaced due to rust and corrosion, it is a major, intensive, expensive repair. I have owned several of these cars over the years, so when I look at a Mustang and there is cowl damage, I pass…..

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  7. Avatar photo OhU8one2

    I had a 65 GT Fastback,289 4bbl,AT, drove it the whole time always somehow torn apart. As soon as I finished it,I sold it to a sheriff in Arizona. I was always driving it fast,looking out for Johnny Law,put Mustang up for sale,Mr. Law came and bought my car………….

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  8. Avatar photo MikeW

    You’ll invest lots more in this 6 cyl coupe than it will ever be worth,

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  9. Avatar photo Keith

    It sold for $1,875. That’s a bargain assuming no cowl rust as Charles stated

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