Ford Mustang GT V8 Convertible
Ford Mustang GT V8 Convertible
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Ford Mustang GT V8 Convertible
Year 1965
Registration plate JSY
Chassis Number 5FO8T653148
Engine Number TBA
Engine Capacity 289 cu in
Transmissions Auto
Mileage 344
Body style Convertible
Interior color Red/white
Exterior color Red
Seating capacity Four
Wheels and Tyres Alloy
Asking Price £39,950
Originally built at Metuchen, New Jersey in 1965 as a six cylinder convertible, it was purchased by the current owner in 2000 from “MustangsOnly”, LA, California in uprated 289 GT specification, having been fitted with a rebuilt 289 V8 engine, with a 4 valve head running through a new C4 Automatic transmission to a rebuilt rear end with posi traction (limited slip differential). The steering was uprated to V8 power steering, with front disc brakes. The initial specification is confirmed in a 51 item listing from “MustangsOnly”, in the history file supplied with the car in 2000. On arrival in Jersey, the Mustang was improved and regularly serviced over the period 2000/2009. Again the history file has accounts from us for maintenance and general improvement totalling over £10,000 over the nine year period to 2009. In 2009 the decision was taken to completely restore the car. The work comprised a chassis-up restoration which was carried out in our workshops and completed in 2011, the total cost for labour and parts was just under £55,000. The work carried out and invoices are detailed in the history file which accompanies the Mustang, which confirms that the car is capable of being used on a regular basis and ideally suited for road trips in Europe. Executive stylist John Najjar, who was a fan of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane, is credited by Ford to have suggested the name. Najjar co-designed the first prototype, known as the Ford Mustang I in 1961, working jointly with fellow Ford stylist Philip T. Clark. The Mustang I made its formal debut at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York, on October 7, 1962, where test driver and contemporary Formula One race driver Dan Gurney lapped the track in a demonstration using the second "race" prototype. His lap times were only slightly off the pace of the F1 race cars. An alternative view was that Robert J. Eggert, Ford Division market research manager, first suggested the Mustang name. Eggert, a breeder of quarter horses, received a birthday present from his wife of the book 'The Mustangs', by J. Frank Dobie, in 1960. Later, the book's title gave him the idea of using the 'Mustang' name for Ford's new concept car. The designer preferred 'Cougar' (early styling bucks can be seen wearing a Cougar grille emblem) or 'Torino' (an advertising campaign using the Torino name was actually prepared), while Henry Ford II wanted 'T-bird II'. As the person responsible for Ford's research on potential names, Eggert added 'Mustang' to the list to be tested by focus groups; by a wide margin 'Mustang' came out on top, under the heading 'Suitability as Name for the Special Car'.
The car is now in excellent near concours condition, presenting extremely well in red with new US-supplied red and white interior, complimented by a white hood and polished alloy wheels. Having restored the body work and interior, all of the mechanical components are either new, or have been restored. The history file has detailed accounts of the work we have carried out in stages 1 & 2 of the restoration program. The Mustang has been restored to very high standard of panel fit, with great attention to detail getting panel gaps correct. This was not a budget restoration, but one to produce a car in concours condition.
The bodywork was restored with great attention to detail, all areas of rust or corrosion were either cut out and repaired or new panels (made on the original presses) were fitted, resulting in an excellent body shell without the problem of filler over rust often found in US restorations.
The interior is resplendent in red and white with a complimentary white hood. Everything is correct in detail including the radio, purchased in the USA.
Mechanically the car has been kept to a very high standard, being serviced on a regular basis. The engine has been retuned by Le Riche after the fitting of an Edelbrock four-barrel carburettor to replace the Holley fitted in California. In addition, the Mustang is fitted with many original GT options such as the dual exhaust system, LSD, sway bars and front disc brakes - it is a car that performs as well as it looks.
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