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1965 Ford Mustang

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If you've ever wondered what it might have been like to own, say, a Shelby GT350-R in the mid-1960s, perhaps this brutally fast 1965 Mustang fastback will give you the opportunity. While the car is still street legal, the intent was to build an early Mustang that is capable of running with some pretty serious hardware on a road course. That means lots of power, a sophisticated race-ready suspension, and large-by-huge disc brakes at all four corners. The fact that it also looks great and is docile enough to drive on the street suggests that a lot of time and money were spent getting it exactly right. The first thing anyone is going to notice on this pony is the trick tilting front end. Combining a custom fiberglass cowl-induction hood, real steel fenders, and a Shelby-style front bumper with an oil cooler opening, the entire assembly tilts forward to allow unparalleled access to the engine bay. In the interest of weight savings, a lightweight tubular steel frame was fabricated and keeps everything in place, even at speeds of more than 140 MPH. The rest of the body has been massaged for track duty as well, including glassed-in scoops in the rear quarters that feed the disc brakes a supply of cool air. A lightweight fiberglass deck lid has been installed as well. Once the body modifications were complete, a simple Shelby-style paint job went on, and you know that if you paint a car black, it has to be straight. A lot of time and effort was invested in getting this Mustang's flanks as straight and ripple-free as possible before any of the paint went on. Putting a wicked twist on the Shelby theme are Mars Red LeMans stripes, and much of the trim was blacked-out. If you see this Mustang approaching in your rear-view mirror, you will most certainly think twice about tangling with it. Power comes from a race-prepped 410 cubic inch Windsor small block that's been stroked and stuffed with all the good stuff, including an Eagle stroker crank. The full roller valve train features a Competition Cams 680 camshaft and a set of roller rockers atop the aluminum TFS Street Heat heads. An Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake and matching 700 CFM carburetor handle the intake, while a custom-made set of headers with NASCAR-style oval side pipes manage the exhaust. A massive aluminum radiator with an electric fan keeps the hot small block cool, and all the plumbing is race-quality braided stainless or performance silicone. It cackles and spits like a full race piece, but remains civil enough to drive on the street. The engine feeds a rugged Tremec TKO 5-speed manual transmission which gives this car its exceptional flexibility on the track, and out back there's a Ford 9-inch full of 3.50 gears and a Detroit Locker. The chassis has been heavily modified for duty on the race course, including a tubular front subframe that holds the engine and the coil-over suspension, as well as the support structure for the tilt front end. Heavy-duty subframe connectors have been installed to reinforce the tub and allow the roll cage to be anchored to something more substantial than sheet metal. In back, the live rear axle is suspended on another set of Carrera coil-overs with thick sway bars at both ends. Big Wilwood disc brakes live at all four corners, and the steering is razor-sharp, thanks to a Flaming River rack-and-pinion setup. Wheels are vintage-looking Minilite-style alloys wearing modern performance rubber, which really fits with this car's yesterday and today theme. Inside, there's enough 1965 Mustang remaining to remind you that this is a 46-year-old car, but enough race equipment to prove that it doesn't act middle-aged. Door panels are original Mustang pieces, but the lightweight race seats from Kerkey and aluminum dashboard full of AutoMeter gauges. 4-point harnesses are standard equipment in a car with a performance envelope like this one, and the removable wood-rimmed steering wheel is a cool race touch. Adjustable Tilton pedals control the brakes and clutch. Forget about a back seat or a radio or A/C, because this car is designed for one thing and one thing only: go fast. Designed for the track, but completely street legal, this '65 Mustang has come a long way from its 6-cylinder grocery-getter roots. The bark of that stroker motor under the hood is usually enough to get the attention of any gearhead within earshot, and the car's performance envelope is vast. On the track, it's a surgical tool, yet it still draws a crowd at shows and any time it's parked. Flip that trick front end and people can't seem to get enough of this little pony. From behind the wheel with that potent small block at 6500 RPM, it is awfully easy to imagine it's 1965 all over again. This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 119105

as of 3/17/2011

Car 1965 Ford Mustang
VIN 5F09C374373 
Mileage 9,174 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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