This 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback started life as an A-Code 289 until a Shelby-inspired build was completed by the BaT founder and his father in 1997. A new Ford 302 engine was installed in 2009 which is paired to a Ford Motorsport World Class T-5 and 9″ rear end. The car was previously sold on BaT to the current owner in December 2014, who has driven it 4000 miles while performing a mechanical refresh and various improvements for reliability and daily use. The car was sold new in Northern California and has worn the same EKS426 black California plates from day one.
Wimbledon White paint is shiny and Guardsman Blue stripes were carefully applied with proper width and spacing after consultation with Tony D. Branda.
Global West tubular front arms and Koni shocks were added during the rebuild in ’97, and the current owner has refreshed the suspension with new front coils, roller spring perches, heim jointed strut rods, and Global West rear leaf springs with Del-A-Lum bushings.
The seller serviced the brakes last year, adding new rotors and pads, and replaced the wheel bearings. 15″ American Racing Torque Thrust D wheels wear new Falken Ziex tires.
An fiberglass front valence and mesh grille are inspired by the GT350R model and work well with the Shelby theme. Quarter vents and no side scoops distinguish this as a ’65.
Inside, the black interior is largely stock with a few modifications. The original sweep speedometer from ’65 is still working, and the dash metal remains uncut and houses an AM/FM radio.
A new wood-rimmed Shelby steering wheel was added by the seller, who also replaced the steering column-mounted tach with a dash-mounted unit. Stewart Warner water temp and oil pressure gauges are mounted below the heater controls. The seller also added an original-style shift knob and roll bar.
Vinyl upholstery looks good and the driver’s seat has new foam. The car features correct buckets and a folding rear seat.
In 2009, the original A-Code engine was replaced with a 302 built by Mustang Ranch in Santa Clara, California. The stock automatic transmission was replaced by a T5 5-speed manual during the 1997 restoration. A 9″ rear axle with 2.5″ wide station wagon drum brakes was installed, similar to what is found on ’65 Shelbys. Note also the authentic Ford export brace and Monte Carlo bar.
The seller prepared the car for daily use with preventative maintenence and replacement of worn parts. The differential was rebuilt with new gears and bearings, and rear axle bearings were also replaced. The radiator was refurbished, the distributor was rebuilt, and new open-letter Cobra valve covers and a Holley 4-barrel carb were installed. The driveshaft was re-balanced and new U-joints added. A new steering drag link and Shelby quick steer arms have also been fitted.
During the ’97 rebuild, the chassis and suspension pick-up points were seam and stitch welded to increase rigidity. Global West tubular subframe connectors were also added and reinforced. The underbody is dry and solid, with only minor surface rust on older components. Service records from the 302 V8 engine install are included and the car carries a clean California title.
The car participated in the 2015 Snowball rally, and covered about 850 miles in 3 days without issue. The car also ran in the 2009 Targa California, which was covered on BaT in the stories below. 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
Videos of a walk around and test drive have been provided by the owner.