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Barn-found but restored ’65 Mustang


Our Pick of the Day is a 1965 Ford Mustang coupe that the seller, the third owner, found in a barn in Yucaipa, California, where it had been sitting since 1978, according to the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

According to the ad, the car was purchased new at Garner Ford in San Bernardino, California. The original owner sold it in 1978 and very soon thereafter it blew a head gasket and went into storage.

“I bought the car in 2009,” the seller reports in the advertisement, adding that the car was in need of restoration. “All of the original factory equipment was still on the car.”

Fortunately, there was no rust to be found and the car was disassembled for restoration. The original engine (V8), transmission (automatic) and rear were rebuilt, the original air conditioning was retained, but most everything else was replaced, with such exceptions as the license plate and frame, and the re-chroming of the original bumpers.

Front drum brakes were replaced with discs and the single exhaust was replaced with a dual unit.

The car was a light blue color but was repainted in a darker Caspian shade. The formerly blue interior has been changed to black.

The restoration was completed in 2014. Since then, the car has been driven around 3,500 miles and the seller says the odometer reading of 99,978 shows the actual distance the car has been driven since new.

The car, with an asking price of $30,000, can be found in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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