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Pick of the Day: 1965 Ford Mustang GT fastback with style, performance

Hi-Po 289 V8 and manual transmission add to the sporty nature of the restored pony car


Ford Mustangs are the most-popular collector cars, bar none, spurred on by nostalgic memories of Mustangs past and because, for a fairly reasonable price in most cases, one can look great driving a classic pony car that nearly everyone admires.

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Ford Mustang GT fastback that stands out simply because it looks so great, with performance to back up its sporty look; it’s powered by a Hi-Po 289cid V8 with a 4-barrel carb, its 270 horsepower fed through a 4-speed manual transmission and 3.5:1 rear end.

But what really sets this one apart, aside from being a desirable fastback model from Mustang’s first full model year, is what appears in the photos with the ad to be an exquisite restoration, tastefully done, each element working together.

“Originally finished in Poppy Red, the exterior was stripped and repainted in silver in 2015,” according to the Mesa, Arizona, private seller advertising the Mustang on “Exterior features part of the GT package includes black GT stripes on both sides, GT badges on the front fenders, fog lamps, a grille bar, and dual exhaust outlets that exit through the rear valance.”

Styled steel 14-inch wheels are mounted with new Coker redline tires, with the narrow stripes nicely contrasting with the silver paint.  The Mustang came from the factory with the Special Handling Package, the seller says, which includes front disc brakes.

The Mustang’s interior also was changed over during the restoration, the seller adds.

“Originally trimmed in white vinyl, the interior now features black-vinyl upholstery with matching door panels,” the ad says. “Aftermarket floor mats protect the black carpeting, and wood trim is found on the 3-spoke steering wheel, center console, glovebox door, and instrument surround. An AM radio is equipped.


“Optional Rally-Pac gauges consist of a column-mounted clock and an 8,000-rpm tachometer. This is joined by factory 5-dial instrumentation including a 140-mph speedometer, an ammeter, and gauges for fuel level, water temperature, and oil pressure.”

The Mustang’s five-digit odometer shows 38,000 miles, “approximately 500 0f which were added by me,” the seller says, although total milage is unknown.


The asking price for this attractive Mustang is $32,000, and according to the specs, it should run as good as it looks.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. When someone takes on a restoration & then changes the paint color & interior color they are doing it to fit what they like but a true mustang person wants the restoration to be what it was “ born “ with. This Mustang looks very good but if it was born with the “Hi- Po” 289 and everything in the drivetrain is number matching it would have been wise to stay with the factory build.

  2. $32k for a restored ’65 k-code 4-speed fastback? Something is amiss (other than a color change from the original highly desirable poppy red and white interior).

  3. i have restored 65 66 mustangs all my life what this gentleman did is perfectly right he has upped the value by puting on mustangs parts what aa great car right on dude. dannts mustangs canada.


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