motodrome offer this utterly splendid  1965 Ford Mustang 289 V8 Fastback manual,  finished in it’s original colour of Ivy Green metallic  with black interior..

1965 FORD MUSTANG 289V8 FASTBACK MANUAL for sale at motodrome


For most people, the fastback is the body shape to have, and the 65 model is the classic original incarnation before they started getting ever bigger and heavier.

This one is about as correct to it’s original supplied specification as is possible, even down to the skinny wheels with the baroque wheel trims and whitewall tyres

Supplied new by the Sample Hart Motor Co of Omaha Nebraska with the following options:

  • 4 speed manual transmission
  • Limited slip differential
  • Whitewall tyres
  • AM Radio (which still works)
  • Special handling package
  • Tinted windshield
  • 2-speed wipers
  • Accent group
  • Undercoat
  • Wheel covers with knock-off hubs


CHASSIS no 5F09C714136

ENGINE no C50E-9125B

We have the most wonderful history for this one.

The original owner, Charles Metcalfe, bought it in May 1965 from Sample Hart Motor Co, and kept it until, we think, around 1990. Originally it was his daily driver before being honourably retired in 1982. A five-year restoration beginning with an engine overhaul then started, and he kept it as a high days and holidays car from 1987 to 1990, when it was sold to it’s second US owner. Thereafter, until now, it’s been used sparingly both in the US and following it’s arrival in the UK in 2005, including one UK owner 2005-21, who kept it in a heated garage as part of a collection of classics. Overall it’s had remarkably few owners – we think 5 including ourselves, both in the US and UK.

The restoration started at 94324 miles and it’s now showing just under 100000 miles, so you can see how much (or how little) it’s been used since being restored 35 years ago. I currently  use it on an almost daily basis as my summer car, and it performs superbly and with total reliability – I’d drive it anywhere.

Highlights in the history since it’s been in the UK include:

  • Gearbox rebuild in 2016
  • Brake fluid change 2016]
  • New clutch and flywheel skimmed in 2011
  • New engine mounts 2006
  • Front brake rebuild 2006
  • Last serviced June 2021
  • It’s just come out of our workshop having been fitted with new rear shock absorbers, uprated spring shackles and mounting plates.

Document-wise, obviously the history comproses a large file including

  • Original purchase invoice
  • the original owner’s handbook and pressed metal warranty card
  • a raft of intricately-detailed paperwork detailing the restoration
  • correspondence between the last US owner and UK owner
  • a raft of bills and old MOT’s documenting it’s life in the UK

The original wheel and tyre combination aren’t to everyone’s taste so I’m pleased to report we have a set of 4 genuine Minilite alloys (with the nuts and centre caps) shod with Vredestein radials, which were supplied with the vehicle by the last owner and have the correct offset, which will come with the car on sale.

It is, in my opinion, a very fine early Mustang, and both looks and sounds superb. Please bear in mind though that the paint is at least 35 years old, so has gentle patination and a few minor blemishes – it’s not a ‘fresh from the shop’ restoration

At the very bottom of the page, you’ll find our usual 2 videos: a walkaround appraisal, and driving impressions. Nb I noted on the driving video that there was some clutch judder from a standing start – this has largely disappeared with it  being used regularly.

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