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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1965 Ford Mustang

An improvement on the car that spearheaded the pony car revolution


So, yeah, maybe you clicked on this story because you’re not yet tired of Mustangs? Understandable, as Mustangs can be all cars to all people. Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction driven by ClassicCars.com, is this customized 1965 Ford Mustang inspired by 1960s club racers. Seller claims it reportedly comes with more than $23,000 in exterior, interior, drivetrain, steering, exhaust, suspension and braking upgrades. Power comes from the classic 289ci small-block V8 routed through a TREMEC 5-speed gearbox and Moser 9-inch rear with an Eaton Detroit Truetrac differential.

This modified first-generation Mustang is being auctioned now from a private Massachusetts owner and comes with a build sheet with itemized pricing, original and reproduction documents, and a clear title.

1965 Ford Mustang

Painted in a unique light blue, this 1965 Ford Mustang features a Shelby GT350R-style grille assembly and fiberglass front spoiler. A blacked-out hood with air induction scoop and hood pins conceals the engine, with the blackout bleeding out to the tops of the front fenders. The rear features a black trim panel and LED tri-bar taillights with new assemblies. As the photos show in the gallery, the paint on the roof and trunk lid are faded.

A set of 15-inch American Racing Torq Thrust D wheels with black centers and polished lips is wrapped in 225/60/15 BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires.

The black interior is furnished with a pair of Kirkey Racing Fabrication front bucket seats with mounted on new sliders. The interior features buckets are equipped with vintage-style seat belts, three-spoke Momo Prototipo steering wheel, electric power steering via Flaming River steering column and quick-ratio steering box, floor-mounted Lokar emergency brake handle, and padded Autopower roll bar, among other tweaks. A RetroSound Bluetooth radio is present but not currently wired.

Vehicle vitals are displayed on a set of New Vintage USA gauges consisting of a 140-mph speedometer, 8000-rpm tachometer. and readouts for the fuel level, voltage, coolant temperature and oil pressure. The digital odometer currently shows the 996 miles that has been accrued since the completion of the build, with the true mileage on the car being unknown. A video showing the gauges can be seen in the photo gallery.

Under the hood is a 289ci V8 equipped with a one-wire high-amp alternator, aluminum flywheel and Canton Racing Products 7-quart oil pan with baffles, plus other improvements. The brand-new TREMEC TKX 5-speed manual gearbox and features a hydraulic clutch and TREMEC aluminum bell housing. Power is put in motion via an aluminum driveshaft with Metco Motorsports safety loop and a Moser 9-inch rear end with upgraded Ford Torino bearings, an Eaton Detroit Truetrac differential, and Strange Engineering 31-spline axles. This Mustang also features several chassis upgrades.

The engine breathes through a dual-exhaust setup with outlets that end in front of the rear differential. Brake upgrades include Wilwood front and rear discs and new brake lines with flexible stainless covers at all four corners. A full Hotchkis TVS Stage 2 suspension kit has replaced all factory suspension components, including tubular upper and lower control arms, and Fox Racing shocks. The “Shelby Drop” has been performed in the front to correct the suspension geometry.

The seller has posted videos below that show the car being started up and driven as well as footage of the underbody. A build sheet with itemized pricing will be included with the sale of the vehicle as well as original and reproduction documents. This 1965 Ford Mustang’s auction ends August 18 at 12:00 p.m. (PDT).

Visit the vehicle’s AutoHunter listing for more information plus gallery of photos and videos.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


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