1965 Ford Mustang Fastback PrivateCars - Dallas - 119 views
This 1965 Ford Mustang fastback is an A-Code 289 V8 was produced at the San Jose factory alongside the very similar sister cars that were sent to Shelby American. This one was sold locally and remained in the San Jose area all its life, always registered on the same EKS426 black California plates. The car stayed all stock apart from a modern stereo until 1998 when it was purchased by BaT founder Randy N. and his father. They carried out a Shelby-inspired build the following year, and upgraded to a brand new Ford 302 engine in 2008. They eventually sold the car to the family friend and current seller who’s owned the car for six years.
Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes is the iconic livery on these early fastbacks. The stripes were applied with the proper variable dimensions as per the original thanks to advice from Tony D. Branda. So many clones have the stripes done improperly, and this car has them right. The appearance is set off by an R-model fiberglass front valence in the style of the Shelby competition cars and 15″ American Racing Torque Thrust D wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich Comp T/A rubber. The stance looks just right with Global West tubular front arms and Eibach progressive front coils. Shocks are Konis all around, and the chassis has been made more rigid thanks to seam and stitch welding of many of the factory underbody seams and all of the suspension pick-up points. Global West tubular subframe connectors were also added and reinforced, so the car is much stiffer than most but with a subtle period look that we like much better than the modern bracing some choose to add to early Mustangs. The Shelby style exterior mods are true to the 1965 first-year cars without side scoops or quarter windows.
A mostly stock interior remains in very good shape, with correct buckets and the folding rear seat. The crack-free dash cover sits above the original ’65 sweep speedo, and clean, un-cut dash metal. An Auto-Meter tachometer attached to the steering column monitors revs, and genuine Stewart Warner water temp and oil pressure gauges are mounted below the heater controls. A wood-rimmed LeCarra steering wheel and aluminum pedals from Delta Bay Mustang offer more sporting driver controls than stock items. The Hurst shifter and floor boot do not hint at the modern transmission, but the white ball is etched with the proper 5-speed pattern.
The original A-Code/automatic drivetrain was removed and a roller longblock was installed. It was built in 2009 by the team at Mustang Ranch in Santa Clara, California, after the previous engine was found to have a casting issue. The tidy black engine bay sports a genuine Ford export brace and a Monte Carlo bar, the same setup found in the Shelby cars. Shifted through a Ford Motorsport World Class T-5 transmission. it makes smooth power all the way to a 6500 rpm redline. The rear axle is a 9″ unit with the big 2.5″ station wagon drums that were also added to the real Shelbys. Brakes are fixed 4-piston units up front, and they grab nicely.
Randy and his dad ran the car in the 2009 Targa California, which they covered here on BaT in the stories below. That was a mostly Porsche event at that time, and they remember it being quite entertaining to fill the mirrors of the R Gruppe guys with this fastback. Live from the 2009 Targa California 2009 Targa California: The Morning Hours 2009 Targa California: Post-Lunch Garage Tour 2009 Targa California: The Afternoon Sessions Wallpaper Images from the Targa California
(The period fender sponsor decals were static cling type and are no longer with the car.)