Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Sometimes you just want a nice Mustang that drives well and doesn't give you headaches. This 1965 coupe is like that, offering a sweet-running 289, factory A/C, and a paint job that might help keep you out of trouble, it's exactly the right car for someone who likes to drive their vintage hardware.
This is an early 1965 Mustang and it doesn't get much more traditional in the Mustang world than Wimbledon White. Thanks to a fairly comprehensive restoration not too long ago, it's very clean and the creamy Wimbledon White paint is exactly the right shade. Look how it defines the side coves, which are also highlighted by shiny trim inserts. You'll also note that the bodywork was nicely done and the car appears to be very solid and clean inside and underneath. The paint was sprayed only a few years ago, and it's two-stage urethane, so it should look this good forever with just a modicum of care and the gaps are better than most early Mustangs that have led hard lives. The trim was also refreshed or replaced during the restoration, and both bumpers, the stainless window surrounds, and the pony grille are all in excellent condition. It's kind of nice to see a base V8 Mustang that hasn't been given the Shelby treatment or even GT fog lamps, and instead presents pretty much as it would have back in the '60s when it was someone's daily driver.
A gorgeous red interior is a dramatic contrast and a classic combination, and it is indeed the car's original arrangement. New carpets and contrasting white door panels work rather well with the painted white dash and matching console. The steering wheel is a nice piece and is fitted with a period Rally Pac with correct early-style sweeping tachometer. The main gauges show bright, clear markings and shiny chrome accents, so the dash has surely been restored and the chrome switchgear is mostly reproduction stuff that looks right. Air conditioning was often a dealer-installed option, and on this coupe it uses R134a refrigerant with the the under-dash vents and controls and it blows well, but admittedly seems to need a fresh shot of freon to blow it's coldest. An AM/FM head unit has been installed but the metal dash has not been modified to accommodate it and the factory-issued AM radio comes with the car. The trunk is very tidy and includes all the correct plaid mats.
With Fords of this vintage, there's really no way to say conclusively that the engine is "numbers matching," but it definitely looks like factory-issue under the hood. The A-code 289 makes great noises and its bubbly, bouncy idle unwinds into a wonderful tenor wail as speed increases, mostly thanks to a 4-barrel carburetor and recent dual exhaust system. The big A/C compressor dominates the engine bay, but there's correct early black engine paint on the block and gold tinwork up top with reproduction decals. Underneath, it appears to be highly original and solid, and the C4 3-speed automatic transmission and 8-inch rear end with 3.00 gears inside are ideal dance partners. It's also quite easy to drive thanks to power steering and power brakes, both desirable options even on a lightweight coupe. And for period-perfect rolling stock, look no further than the original steel wheels with distinctive Mustang hubcaps and 195/75/14 whitewall radials.
This is a great-running coupe with a lot of desirable equipment. If you're a fan of tradition, perhaps this lovely white Mustang is what you're looking for. Call today!
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