For those you longing for vintage styling, the 1965 Mustang convertible returns with all-new Ford-approved body shell. Actually, you can build a 1964 ½ through 1966 Mustang convertible using this foundation, and nearly every part needed to build an all-new car is available from Ford-approved classic parts suppliers.
To build a restored Mustang using the new shell, the powertrain, suspension and brakes, the electrical systems, the interior and trim can either be bought new or transferred from an existing car to the new body. For a restoration part to be approved by Ford, suppliers must meet or exceed the fit, finish and quality of the original. In order to keep classic Ford-built vehicles on the road, Ford allows parts suppliers access to original technical drawings, blueprints and specifications for parts.
The new body shell not only can save restorers time and money, but enable them to build a strong, well-engineered classic. “Instead of spending money fixing rust and welding in new panels, restorers can now simply transfer their powertrain, interior and trim parts onto the new body shell,” said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager.
The 1965 Mustang body shell is constructed of higher-grade steel than the original, said Jim Christina, vice president of Dynacorn International, the Ford-approved company that is manufacturing the body shell. “We use a modern universal automotive-grade steel that is actually stronger than the original, and modern welding techniques along with more welds to strengthen the body.”
The 1965 body is in production now and can be delivered by freight truck to any address. The 1965 Mustang body includes the doors and trunk lid and all the sheet metal from the radiator support to the taillight panel except the hood and front fenders. Those items are available separately. The 1965 Mustang body shell starts at $15,000.
America’s love affair with the original Mustang is still going strong after nearly 50 years. Debuting in April 1964, the original Mustang sold more than 1.2 million units – including more than 174,000 convertibles – before its first redesign in 1967.
The new body shell can be made into a 1964½, 1965 or 1966 Mustang, based on the powertrains and trim parts added to it. It is the third classic Mustang body shell now available to restorers. The other two are the 1967-68 and the 1969-70 fastback bodies.
Ford will display a new 1965 Mustang body shell Tuesday through Thursday at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. It will be parked next to a restored 1965 convertible to demonstrate the high quality of the assembly.
Ford-approved Mustang restoration parts can be found at www.fordrestorationparts.com.