1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 289


This 1965 Ford Mustang fastback was acquired by the seller’s brother-in-law in July 2020, and subsequent work involved repainting the body in red with white stripes as well as installation of a replacement 289ci V8 linked with a C4 three-speed automatic transmission. The car is also equipped with a Shelby-style fiberglass hood, rear quarter louvers, Magnum 500-style 15″ wheels, power steering, power-assisted front disc brakes, Cobra-branded valve covers, and a stainless-steel dual exhaust system as well as Vintage Air climate control, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, a Bluetooth-capable Alpine stereo, Alphasonik speakers, and a center console with cupholders. This Mustang fastback is now offered on behalf of the owner with refurbishment records and a clean California title.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 289

Finished from the factory in Twilight Turquoise (5), the car was repainted in red with white over-the-top stripes and GT350 rocker stripes in 2020. Exterior details include a Shelby-style fiberglass hood, rear sail-panel louvers, and dual tapered exhaust finishers exiting through the rear valance. Bubbling paint is noted on the passenger side of the roof.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 289

Magnum 500-style 15″ wheels are mounted with Firestone Wide Oval white-letter tires. The car is equipped with power steering, and braking is handled by power-assisted front discs and rear drums.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 289

The bucket seats are upholstered in black vinyl and accompanied by a color-coordinated dashboard, door panels, and carpets. Equipment includes Vintage Air climate control, a Bluetooth-capable Alpine stereo, Alphasonik speakers, and an aftermarket center console with cupholders.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 289

The wood-rimmed steering wheel wears a Cobra center cap and fronts a horizontal-sweep 120-mph speedometer along with auxiliary gauges for fuel level and coolant temperature. The five-digit odometer shows 21k miles, approximately 2k of which were added under current ownership. Total mileage is unknown.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 289

The replacement 289ci V8 was installed in place of the factory K-code engine under current ownership, and it is equipped with Cobra-branded valve covers. An oil change was performed in preparation for the sale.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 289

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a C4 three-speed automatic transmission that is said to have been serviced in preparation for the sale. The car is equipped with a dual exhaust system that was installed in 2022.

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 289

The warranty number reveals that the car was built at the San Jose, California, assembly plant and was factory-equipped with a 289ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor. Decoding the trim plate reveals the following information:

  • Body 63A – Two-door Mustang fastback
  • Color 5 – Twilight Turquoise paint
  • Trim 26 – Black vinyl
  • Date 14J – September 14th build date
  • DSO 72 – San Jose DSO
  • Axle 8 – 3.89:1 rear end ratio
  • Trans 5 – Four-speed manual transmission
  • 5R09K137112
    • 5 – 1965 model
    • R – San Jose, California, plant
    • 09 – Mustang Fastback
    • K – 298ci V8, HiPo, 271 horsepower
    • 137112 – Production sequence number






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