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1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

  • Desirable C-Code 289 V-8 engine and C-4 automatic transmission
  • Finished in factory-correct Poppy Red exterior and Black Pony interior
  • Well-optioned with power steering, wood steering wheel, Rally-Pac gauges and factory-correct air-conditioning

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Ford's Mustang is tailored to be anything from a gentle in-town ladies' car to an impressive 130-mph highway performer. "Undoubtedly its almost infinitely variable personality is one of the car's chief attractions..." - William S Stone, 'The Ford Mustang'. The secret of the Mustang's success was a broad appeal that extended beyond the target market thanks to a great value-for-money package combining sporty looks, decent economy, and brisk performance. Mustangs could be ordered in specifications ranging from six-cylinder 'economy' to V-8-powered luxury, while customers could choose from an extensive range of factory options, with the result that seldom are two Mustangs identical. Ford created a new class of cars almost overnight with the introduction of the Mustang partway through the 1964 season in April, catching the rest of the U.S. auto industry off guard. A brainchild of the famous Lee Iacocca, the Mustang is one of the most remarkable automotive success stories of modern times and arguably the pinnacle of his long career with Ford.

This Mustang Fastback, according to its original data plate and VIN number, was manufactured at the Dearborn, Michigan assembly plant on March 26th of 1965. It is finished attractively in the same color scheme that it left the factory, Poppy Red (code C) with black (code 66) interior. A quality early Fastback Mustang is very desirable. Locating a correct, unmodified car such as this in great condition can be a challenge. This Mustang has survived not only the rigors of time but also the temptation of its owner to not convert it into a GT or Shelby clone, as many have done, making this example extremely collectable. In its present and original form, the clean lines of the 2+2 Fastback with folding rear seats represent the purest form of the design – a design that has become iconic and is coveted by enthusiasts worldwide.

The optional factory equipment of this Mustang enhances its classic good looks, starting with a set of correct “Stamped Steel” chrome-plated wheels, complete with correct red center caps and lug nuts, giving it a sporty, muscle car look. The paint is deep and glossy, with good panel fit and finish. The interior is set up perfectly with optional luxury (Pony) black interior as again reflected on its body tag as factory-correct code 66. The Pony interior option is a huge improvement to any Mustang, consisting of much more than just the upholstery. It also includes a woodgrain instrument bezel and glove box, upgraded door panels and inner door handles, a three-spoke woodgrain steering wheel, and lights on the backs of the doors. Also present is a factory console that is correct at the front to accept the much-welcomed factory Ford under-dash air-conditioning unit. This car was also ordered with tinted glass. The optional Rally-Pac clock and tachometer cluster adds to the sportiness of the cockpit. The trunk area features the correct pattern mat and has a matching spare tire cover as well.

Under the hood is highly original in appearance with no modern “enhancements” to detract from the factory-original theme of the car. The original 289, C-Code engine with factory dual exhaust delivers lively performance with plenty of torque mated to Ford’s venerable C-4 automatic transmission, giving the car good manners and making it enjoyable to operate both on the open road or around town.

The Ford Mustang remains an iconic American classic close to the hearts of those who remember them new and the younger generations who pine for the opportunity to own one now. It is hard to imagine a better combination of originality, condition, colors, and desirable factory options than this car possesses. This highly-optioned example is stylish, ready to show and with air-conditioning it will be comfortable to drive any time of the year.


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