Early Ford Mustangs were and always will be inexpensive fun. This 1965 Mustang coupe is just the right kind of car to get started in the hobby, and no collection is complete without one of Ford's pony cars. This is a clean, dependable, fun way to have a blast in a classic without breaking the bank. No other car can deliver the experience of an early Mustang for so little cash, and this '65 has been through a comprehensive restoration making it one of the nicer six-cylinder Pony cars that we've ever featured.
Prairie Bronze Metallic isn't the most common color you'll find on a Mustang pony, but it is this car's original shade and we have to admit, it looks great and provides an upscale feel to this carefree cruiser. It was never intended to be a show car (coupes just don't command the prices to justify a $20,000 paint job), but it presents very, very well and you won't worry about driving it just about anywhere. Rain? No problem. Bugs? Forget about it. It's got a clean, slick look that works best on coupes and it's been spared the stripes and wings that plague so many other ponies. You'll note that it fits together extremely well, with good gaps and tight seams all around, so it has probably never been wrecked or rusty and seems to have led a pretty good life, especially ever since it was fully restored to this high level. A few chrome pieces make the Mustang look dressy, including the 1965-only grille with the cross-hairs, the quarter panel insert, and, of course, a shiny gas cap in the center of the rear panel. Trust us, the pictures are indicative of how nice this early Mustang really is.
The black bucket seat interior replaces the original Palomino Crinkle vinyl this car came with and it's in very good shape overall. With correct replacement parts everywhere you look, including the carpets, seat covers, dash pad, and headliner, it all works together perfectly to make up this beautiful interior. There's a very clean, three-spoke deep-dish steering wheel with a thick rim that feels great in the hands of the driver, and the standard instruments just ahead of it are in great shape and keep an eye on the basics. The dash pad, headliner, and other soft parts are super clean as well, and the AM/FM radio in the factory dash slot turns on but doesn't catch a signal, so an upgrade might be needed if you want to pump some tunes inside the cabin. The shifter for the 3-speed manual transmission falls easily to hand and looks great between the seats and the back seat is in great shape, too. A neatly detailed trunk with a proper Mustang mat makes this little car feel complete, and you'll note there's no sign of any rust or accident damage back there either, further showing off how nice this little car really is.
Don't make the mistake of underestimating the T-code 200 cubic inch inline-six under the hood. This engine was a mainstay of Ford products throughout the '60s for good reason: it's smooth, durable, and quite thrifty out on the open road. In today's climate, it kind of makes sense, doesn't it? It still cruises at modern highway speeds and pulls down fuel mileage that any modern Mustang would be pleased to own. Beautifully detailed under the hood, it's wearing Ford Red engine enamel on the tinwork and black on the block, a correct air cleaner and carburetor, and a chrome shock tower brace for tighter support through the turns that also adds a little flare to the engine bay. It fires quickly and easily with its characteristic grumble from the single exhaust, and pulls the lightweight little coupe around with aplomb. New suspension components have been installed throughout and there's a correct transverse muffler for the exhaust system, so it sounds right. Original steel wheels with original wire hubcaps and 205/70/14 radials complete the authentic look.
For entry-level fun, it's hard to beat a Mustang coupe. Everyone loves these cars and few will realize just how affordable they are. A great opportunity for the first-time classic car buyer. Call today!