Written by Nicole Ellan James
Since its inception, the Ford Mustang has been a tenacious force. Over time it captured the imagination of muscle car purists and customizers alike.
The Mustang has made its way into all different aspects of culture, becoming a piece of Americana that is undoubtedly part of automotive history. The car’s official unveiling at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 was witnessed by attendees and seen in nearly every available media medium of the day. Adding to the model’s star power were its appearances on the silver screen in 1964’s Goldfinger and 1965’s Thunderball, making its mark with James Bond’s DB5.
Few cars have continued to stay so relevant after five decades of production.
The appeal of the first-gen Mustang isn’t exclusive to just those who grew up with one, or those who categorized it as their dream car. The 1965 Mustang always seems to be among everyone’s favorite cars across all age groups. It doesn’t hurt that its styling has also aged well.
While there are so many Mustangs in the world, in virtually any flavor you could hope for, occasionally, you come across one that sticks with you. Sometimes, a first-gen Mustang takes hold of your mind and heart and leaves a lasting impression.
One such car, a 1965 Ford Mustang custom fastback, has done just that and is selling with No Reserve at the 2022 Las Vegas Auction, held June 30 to July 2 in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
As a unibody car, the body was channeled to utilize Scott’s Chassis with RideTech coilovers. The process requires some floor modification to fit any type of full-frame. The chassis frame rails run the perimeter of the body just inside of the rocker panel. Serving as the “bones” of the vehicle, the chassis and frame play a central role in dictating how an automobile will perform. The main benefit of modern chassis upgrades is improving the suspension geometry while also removing the free play in the chassis and suspension.
In 1965, nearly three-quarters of Mustang buyers opted to put a V8 engine in the car. At the time, displacement was 260ci with 164 horsepower. Soon after, the 289ci engine came along with a two-barrel carburetor and 200hp or a four-barrel carburetor with 210hp, 225hp, or Hi-Po 271hp configuration.
Other changes over the years included replacing the generator with an alternator, more paint colors, and a few subtle interior upgrades. The variances between earlier and later ’65 Mustangs have led people to differentiate between “1964” or “1964 ½” and ’65 cars, though technically, Ford sold them all as 1965 models.
The car offered is the recipient of a serious powerplant upgrade and now houses a 5.0-liter Coyote engine rated with 460hp, hooked to a TREMEC T56 6-speed manual transmission that sends power through the driveshaft to a Moser 9-inch rear axle.
Stopping power is provided by a Hydro-Boost brake system and Wilwood brakes on all four corners while rolling on Boyd Coddington wheels.
Finished in white paint with a metallic gray stripe and red accents, one of its most striking features is the cut-out hood, exposing the engine’s unique manifold. The exterior has been outfitted with flush Kindig-it door handles and RingBrothers hood pins, and taillight bezels.
Inside, the car adorns Oxblood Red leather interior. An exciting highlight is the custom rear seat that looks as though it curves back rather than offering a straight back as traditionally seen.
Additional interior upgrades include a Boyd Coddington steering wheel and a Memphis sound system. This custom Mustang also features Guard Dawg keyless entry and push to start.
Powered by today’s technology and tastefully integrated with the 1965 silhouette, this Mustang will stick with you.
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