classiccar mustang 1965

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

     This 1965 Fastback is immaculate! It was originally purchased in 1965 by a woman in Las Vegas, Nevada, and stayed in her family until I bought it through a classic car dealership in Boulder City. A recent, full restoration has been done, top to bottom, front to back. There is absolutely no rust on this car, it is as clean underneath as it is top side.

     Original body is very straight. The vehicle exterior has been customized with a Shelby front valance and GT style rear valance with dual chrome exhaust tips. After purchasing the car, I decided to complete the final upgrades I believed would make it one of the nicest ‘65 mustangs anywhere.The three most significant additions to the Mustang for 1965 were the neat 2+2 fastback body, the optional GT equipment and trim package and optional power front disc brakes. Gone forever was the 260 V8 that few buyers were choosing anyhow.Even Ford was shocked at America’s appetite for the Mustang during ’65. It sold an astounding 409,260 coupes, 77,079 2+2 fastbacks and 73,112 convertibles that year. That’s a total of 559,451 Mustangs for the ’65 model year.With that many Mustangs in the nation’s automotive bloodstream, it was natural that many of them would be raced. But in order to go road racing head to head against Chevrolet’s Corvette, Ford needed a two-seater. And rules said that Ford had to make at least 100 of them by January 1965. That’s where Carroll Shelby came in.

     Shelby, a Texan and longtime racer, saw the potential to slay Corvettes with the Mustang and took 100 of the first 2+2s equipped with the K-code engine built at Ford’s San Jose, Calif., plant down to Los Angeles for modification into “GT 350” models. Tossing the rear seats aside, Shelby added such performance items as oversize front disc brakes, a fiberglass hood and a lowered suspension with oversize tires on 15-inch wheels.