NICELY RESTORED CONVERTIBLE, 302CI, POWER STEERING AND BRAKES, A/C, GREAT PAINT
Early Mustangs are not getting less expensive, so if you've been looking for a V8 convertible, perhaps the time is now. This professionally restored 1965 convertible is a real V8 car, not a conversion, and carries a ton of desirable options including dealer-installed A/C, power steering, power brakes, and a fresh Pony interior.
On an early Mustang ragtop, nobody can argue with the gorgeous Rangoon Red paint job this Mustang now wears, a classic combination that will look awesome forever. The repaint was incredibly thorough, and you can easily see that professionals were called in to make this one as good as it could be, and the sheetmetal underneath is extremely straight. Thanks to a professional color sand and buff, the finish is deep and lustrous, worlds better than 1965 enamels might have been, and the bright red is exactly right, not too orange and not too dark, but a vivid fire engine red that Mustang fans will appreciate. All the bright trim is new as well, with GT-style fog lamps added during the restoration. Traditional Mustang styling cues include the quarter panel vents, the flip-up fuel filler in the center of the rear panel, and, of course, the 289 badges on the front fenders, which aren't exactly telling the truth (more on that in a moment).
Peel back the white power convertible top and you'll find a beautifully restored Pony interior. Easy to imagine yourself behind the wheel on a sunny day, isn't it? A center console adds style as well as functionality, and the A/C unit under the dash was your only choice in 1965, although it uses modern R134a refrigerant and modern hardware under the hood. New carpets, matching door panels, and a nice red dash pad were all part of the upgrades. The gauges may very well be original and look quite good for their age, and it's nice to see a correct fog lamp switch was used in the conversion. The stereo has been upgraded to an AM/FM/cassette unit in the dash, feeding speakers throughout the car, including custom kick panel housings and an amplifier in the trunk. Open that trunk and you'll also find a correct mat, full-sized spare tire, and spare tire cover.
This car wears 289 badges, but was originally an F-code 260. However, thanks to the wonders of the small block Ford V8, it's now a torquey 302 that was dressed to look like a 289. With a 4-barrel carburetor and a custom dual exhaust system, this potent 5.0 has the most wonderful sound when you crack the throttle, and the added horsepower makes it a lot of fun to drive. The engine bay is dressed up with Cobra valve covers and a few chrome pieces, including the heavy-duty Monte Carlo bars, alternator, and air cleaner. Functionally, it has no fear of the heat with a big aluminum radiator up front, augmented by an electric fan that makes the A/C especially effective. Power steering and brakes make it a pleasure to drive, along with the C4 3-speed automatic transmission that makes it a joy regardless of traffic conditions. It's every bit as clean underneath as it is up top, and there are a few other upgrades here as well, including front disc brakes, which are a welcome sight. Shiny styled steel wheels wear sporty 205/70/14 BFGoodrich Silvertown redline radials.
There are cheaper Mustangs out there, but few can match this ragtop's combination of beauty, brawn, and quality. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM/FM Radio
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
- Cassette Player
- CD Changer
- Power Convertible Top
- Transmission Spec
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