1965 Ford Mustang Fastback - SOLD
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Thanks to a very high-quality restoration, the sheetmetal under that glossy Raven Black paint is laser-straight, lending it a super deep gloss and distortion-free reflections.

The closest thing to a car everybody can love is the first-generation Ford Mustang. Whether a pretty convertible for cruising or a razor-edged Shelby GT350, there’s a Mustang for everybody. And even guys who don’t like Fords will grudgingly admit that the Mustang is pretty cool. And if there’s one Mustang that rises to the top of all that love, it’s the 2+2, AKA the fastback. Sporting but practical, attractive yet with an edge, and it’s everything that the Mustang name embodies. And when you paint it black? Well that’s everyone’s favorite pony car.

This gorgeous 1965 Mustang 2+2 definitely has the look wearing GT-spec red stripes, fog lights, and badging, even though it’s not a real GT. No matter, most Mustang fans don’t mind, and when it looks this good nobody’s going to bother crawling around trying to find evidence of its pedigree. Thanks to a very high-quality restoration, the sheetmetal under that glossy Raven Black paint is laser-straight, lending it a super deep gloss and distortion-free reflections. Panel gaps are excellent all around and the doors swing closed without a big slam, so someone spent a little extra time get it all to fit together right. As I mentioned, it has correct GT fog lights, emblems, stripes, and exhaust trumpets out back, and those little details give the fastback a bit of an attitude. I should also mention that it comes by the ‘289’ badges honestly, because it was originally equipped with a C-code V8. There’s enough chrome to make the black paint look well-dressed, including fresh bumpers, correct stainless window surrounds, and new taillights and a correct gas cap. There’s literally no angle from which this car doesn’t look awesome.

If you have a black car, the absolute best choice for interior is red, which is what you’ll find in this fastback. All the red parts are new, including seat covers, door panels, dash pad, carpets, and headliner, and it’s all correctly finished with proper patterns and materials. Mustangs used color-matched steering wheels, which sits ahead of a correct early-style dealer-installed Rally-Pac. In 1965, only the GT models received the 5-gauge instrument panel with “black camera case” finish, so that’s what you’ll find in this well-done GT clone. All the gauges are obviously new and they all operate correctly, with the 8300 or so miles showing on the odometer being since the restoration was finished. The under-dash A/C is how they did it in 1965 because there was no “factory air” and the system has been recently serviced so it blows ice cold. There’s also a clever AM/FM radio that looks very stock and we’ve always liked the no-nonsense look of the console-free cars (less weight is always better). There’s an aftermarket center armrest with cupholders and it almost looks like it was born there. Fold down the rear seats and you get a decent bit of storage space, along with some custom speakers that sound awesome. The trunk is also neatly finished with a correct plaid mat and a matching styled steel wheel with a redline tire.

The fifth digit of the VIN is a C, which means this car was originally equipped with a C-code 289 cubic inch V8, a 2-barrel carburetor, and 200 horsepower. Of course, when you’re restoring a fastback and putting GT badges on it, you upgrade it a bit so this one has proper A-code hardware, including a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust. It’s nicely finished with correct black engine enamel (Ford Blue didn’t come along until 1966) and chrome valve covers and a proper open-element air cleaner. Just about everything under the hood is new, including wiring, the A/C system, fuel system, ignition system, and a giant aluminum radiator up front to keep it cool. It starts like a Mustang should, idles with a great V8 burble, and there’s always plenty of torque on tap from the 289 which doesn’t mind revving a bit, either. This engine is a big part of why the Mustang is so much fun to drive.

Underneath, it’s clean but not detailed for show so it’s a car you won’t worry about driving. The C4 3-speed automatic is not a bad choice in a sporting Mustang, and it offers quick reflexes (as long as you remember to put the shifter by the green dot). The suspension is stock, as are the brakes, and the new dual exhaust system has a great sound that’s aggressive but never annoying. You’ll be happy to see that the torque boxes are in excellent condition with no damage or rot, and despite a bit of surface scale, the rear suspension is set up right with recent shocks. 3.00 gears in the 8-inch rear end make for easy cruising on the highway without giving up the punchy around-town feel. A newer gas tank hangs out back and the styled steel wheels and 205/70/14 redline radials are brand new.

Documentation includes two HUGE binders full of restoration receipts that show thousand and thousands of dollars’ worth of restoration work, plus a factory owner’s manual and some original sales brochures.

This car gets the quality/price equation right, but it also nails the performance/appearance part that many folks look for in a Mustang. It’s just drop-dead gorgeous, it drives beautifully, and with a great stereo, automatic transmission, and cold A/C, it’s daily driver reasonable. A Mustang that still works well as a car? Who would have expected that? Call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 117084
Mileage: 8328 (since restoration)
VIN: 5F09C384166
Engine: 289 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3
Wheelbase: 108 inches
Wheels: 14-inch styled steel wheels
Tires: 205/70/14 redline radials
Exterior Color: Raven Black
Interior Color: Red vinyl
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