AutoHunter Spotlight: 1965 Ford Mustang

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this restored 1965 Ford Mustang.

The single classic car question I am probably asked more than any other is what is a good first classic car to buy. If the person is looking for an American car, my first answer is always a classic 1964 1/2 to 1970 Ford Mustang. The reasons for this are simple. To begin with, of all the classic American cars out there the one that is the best supported with parts, service, and knowledgeable technicians and restorers is the Mustang. The second reason is that a Mustang is a classic car that everyone understands, regardless of their age and interests. No one ever wonders why you buy a Mustang. They offer great styling, are both easy and fun to drive, and are possibly the simplest classic cars to maintain.

In addition, there is a Mustang for every taste and budget, from an inexpensive base model six-cylinder car to the top of the heap million dollar plus 1965 Shelby GT350R. No matter what your budget, there is a Mustang out there for you.

The Mustang featured in this AutoHunter Spotlight is on the entry level side, since it’s a 1965 coupe equipped with a 200ci inline-six. It is not the fastest Mustang out there, but it offers everything that make the Mustang the iconic car it is today.

The seller describes this as a restored 1965 Ford Mustang hardtop that is powered by a non-original 200cid I6 and backed by a three-speed manual transmission. Features include power steering, a Kenwood digital AM/FM/CD radio, new Omega Kustom Instruments gauges, and power front disc brakes. Finished in Wimbledon White over a blue vinyl interior, this Mustang comes from the selling dealer with a clear title.

I love that the car is equipped with power steering, as this makes it an easy driver. The disc brakes only make it that much better and safer on modern roads as well. I am also that weird person who truly likes the 3-speed manual gearbox this car is equipped with.

The exterior description by the seller is both complete and thorough. They state that during the restoration, the body was finished in the original color of Wimbledon White (code M). They add that features include chrome bumpers, rocker and wheel well trim, a fender-mounted antenna, and dual rearview mirrors. The selling dealer goes on to disclose that a body filler spot is present on the lower front part of the driver’s door and that there are some small marks present on the door. These car be seen in the photo gallery.

The interior is also well described. The seller states that it is furnished with blue vinyl (code 82) front bucket seats with a matching rear seat surrounded by blue vinyl door panels and blue trim. Features include manual windows, a center console with a storage compartment and cup holders, an aftermarket chrome tilt steering column, a floor-mounted manual transmission shifter, and a Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo. In addition, a set of Omega Kustom Instruments gauges have been added which includes a 140-mph speedometer, an 8,000-rpm tachometer, and readouts for the fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and voltage that are located ahead of the driver. The digital odometer reads 1,465 miles, which represents the miles added since the completion of the restoration.

The car looks great under the hood and there are many pictures in the gallery of the listing.

Sure, a 1965 Mustang is not a speed demon, but the 200ci inline-six is a durable and usable engine, and what it lacks in power it makes up for in torque. It also sounds good and there are numerous mods you can do if you, for some reason, need more power. If it were me, I would leave it alone and just drive and enjoy this car.

These first series Mustangs with inline 6 engines make the perfect starting point for classic American car collecting and this car would be welcome in my garage anytime.

The auction for this 1965 Ford Mustang coupe ends Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 11:15 a.m. (PDT)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery