Used Car of the Day: 1965 Ford Mustang

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 1965 ford mustang

Today's UCOTD is a 1965 Ford Mustang fastback that appears to need some work.

This car has a 289 cubic-inch motor and needs to be restored. The motor cranks but it's not clear if the car runs. And there is rust.

It's an eBay auction linked to our forums, so the price might vary. Check it out here and here.

[Images: Seller]

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  • Tassos Tassos on Jun 07, 2023

    I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?

    There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.

    WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).

    He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).

    • Jeff S Jeff S on Jun 07, 2023

      Lou_BC--A Mercedes has to be very old before most of them are worth anything. Some of the mid 80s Mercedes are becoming collector cars. Anything made by Mercedes in the last 20 years will likely never be collector cars because they are not built to last. The worst buy for someone without money is to buy a used Mercedes the maintenance alone is enough to make many go broke. The early Mustangs will likely increase in value and hold their value. The worst Mustangs for holding their value in the past have been the Mustang II but even nice examples of those are starting to increase in value. True the Mustang originally was a sporty car based on the Falcon platform with many Falcon components and the original price made them affordable to many secretaries especially with the straight 6 but the image of the secretary's car has long passed and to put that stigma on most of today's Mustangs is outdated but then some on this site are outdated. An almost 20 year old diesel Mercedes doesn't evoke a sporty image for most of us. When I was growing up my dream car was not a diesel Mercedes but more like a Mustang, Shelby Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, GTO, 442, Chevelle SS, Impala SS with a 409, XKE, Grand Prix, and Charger with a big block engine. Most pre-teen and teen boys in the 60s dreamed of those cars and none of the dreamed of a diesel Mercedes. A gull wing Mercedes would be the only Mercedes a boy of that era would dream of but they are truly a beautiful car and a work of art.

  • BEPLA BEPLA on Jun 07, 2023

    I think it's cool the way it is.

    If I had the money, time and space - I'd buy it, clean it up, and just do enough to get it running properly.

    Then take it to Cars and Coffee and park it next to all the newer Mustangs.

    • Jeff S Jeff S on Jun 08, 2023

      I think this Mustang running even without restoration would draw a lot of attention at Cars and Coffee or any car show. Most of the Mustangs of this vintage you see at shows are the notch backs or convertibles you rarely see a fastback.

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