Publish date: 2016-09-19 10:57:23
This heavily customized 1965 Ford Mustang is said to be one of the top street racers in the San Jose area during the 70s. Although there isn’t really solid evidence that this was indeed a dominating street racer, it really looks like one!! Unfortunately, some of its racing parts have been taken out and it has been left alone for quite some time. The seller also admits that a lot of body fillers have been used. If this is indeed a famous street racer, it would be awesome to revive this Mustang into its former glory self and check if some veteran racers are able to recognize it. It is currently in Hayward, California and is being listed for sale on eBay with an asking price of $4,500. Who wants to buy it??
It’s not clear if all the body modifications are purely about aerodynamics or for style as well, but they do give the Mustang a unique look. There is a large portion of rust on the passenger’s side door but can easily be replaced by a couple of sheet metals.
The engine bay is currently empty but the seller says that the engine is still in the backyard where this Mustang was found. According to the seller, the engine was a beefed up 351 that is topped with two 4-barrel carburetors which is a very common setup for the 70s street racers. The engine bay also needs a lot of cleaning before you can mount the engine back.
The Ducktail spoiler was also common back in the day which gave these racers the appropriate downforce as the speed through the streets. The large fender flairs may have countered some of that downforce but they were necessary to house the extra-large tires. The Oregon plates are weird if the seller claims that this is a San Jose race car.
The interior has also received a considerable amount of modifications. The entire is completely covered in diamond pleated vinyl that was very popular back in the 70s. It also has a Pontiac shifter that really helps in fast shifting needed for street drags and the small deep dish steering wheel is great for the tight turns in canyon road races. It also features a set of dune buggy seats and a complete roll cage that protects the driver in case a terrible accident occurs.
This 1965 Mustang really has that 70s street racer feel and would be awesome if someone tries to bring it back to its glory days look. It might be a lot of work but it will probably be all worth it. It isn’t every day that you get to see a classic custom street racer such as this one. It has the potential to be an awesome vintage dragster and also a unique show car if the restoration goes well.
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