For Sale at Auction: 1965 Ford Mustang in Saratoga Springs, New York

Vehicle Description

1965 K Code Mustang Coupe

I purchased this vehicle from the selling dealer in Akron, Ohio. The car was previously restored. The selling dealer reported that the original owner purchased the car in California. After many years in California, he moved to Ohio where the car remained until my purchase. The original owner eventually passed away and the car was then restored by his son. The son ultimately sold the car to the dealer from whom I purchased it. This is all hearsay with no documentation, but the VIN and door plate show this is an original San Jose built car which was delivered to Los Angeles, California. It is listed in the K code registry as last residing in Ohio so the story fits what is documented.

The paint on the vehicle is a terrific Highland green with a deep, high gloss clear coat that shows extremely well. It is a real head turner that get a "thumbs up" from drivers all day long and starts conversations and receives complements at every gas stop.

The vehicle is a 271hp K code Hipo 289ci coupe. It is not a GT optioned car. Only one in 10,000 1965-66 Mustangs received the K code engine, the same engine used in the Mustang Shelby GT350. The left inner fender VIN matches the door data plate. The engine has the matching VIN stamp as does the transmission. The cylinder heads are date code correct Hipo heads, 4L18, appropriate for a March 1965 built car. The intake manifold is a new, Shelby Cobra Hi-rise aluminum piece that is a period correct upgrade and performs better than the factory cast iron unit. The carburetor is a correct Autolite 600cfm manual choke 4bbl carb but is not a Hipo part number carburetor. For better reliability and drivability, the distributor is a mechanical advance pertronix unit with a high output coil, the coil top painted yellow to mimic the original. The engine was rebuilt prior to my ownership. It runs strong without issue. It blows no smoke. I replaced the rear main seal and set the valves for the solid lifter camshaft. The harmonica balancer is the original oversized Hipo piece. The aluminum water pump is new. It has a reproduction Hipo fan. The fan shroud and radiator are original. The radiator is recored. It has the oversized alternator belt pulley. The exhaust is correct for a late March 1965 build date with Hipo exhaust manifolds, 2" pipes, dual mufflers and exhaust resonators. Turn down tips are correct for a non-GT K code vehicle.

All 1965 K code Mustangs received the Ford 4 speed top loader transmission. The VIN stamped on the case. The transmission is resealed, the shifter rebuilt. The clutch linkage is rebuilt, no clutch slippage. The rear end is the correct 9" housing with narrow spring mounting ends. It maintains the correct 3.50 open differential.

Wheels are styled steel rims with correct 6.95 dual redline biased tires, same as original. It has manual 4 piston front disc brakes with correct single reservoir master cylinder. Suspension is tight. Steering is tight. Original manual, quick ratio with no slack in the steering box.

Interior is standard black interior. The Rally Pac is a new reproduction. The passenger side view mirror is not original but improves safe drivability.

This vehicle is the perfect blend of rarity and drivability. The car attracts attention because the paint is stunning, but only the knowledgeable Mustang enthusiast will appreciate the high performance fender badge that signifies the Hipo K code engine under the hood. It is special enough to be a true, rare collector piece, but still accessible enough to be a regular driver that you can be comfortable taking to a local show or cruise-in.

Estimate: $38,000 - 42,000

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1390224
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Year:1965
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Mustang
  • Exterior Color:Green
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:65611
  • Stock Number:219
  • VIN:5R07K201712