Ready to Build a Brand New 1965 Mustang Convertible?

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.

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36 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Mike Colvin How can a project using this be licensed?  It's technically not built by Ford, and has no Vin.  Sorry if this is a dumb question.
1 months(s) ago via
Josh Willuhn fresh!
2 year(s) ago via
1964-1969 Ford Mustangs what a wonderful idea! And affordable compared to the route I took of rebuilding a classic '68 Stang.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
john Thats great!! but couldnt imagine the cost buying new parts to put it together only way is to have a donor car to start with
2 year(s) ago via
Jason Lewis Is it made in China ? ;)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrew Weigle heard it was around $15,000 for just the shell it should include a nice powerful crated motor and all parts for that price!!! 15k for just a basic shell is STEEP!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jeffrey Hollingsworth I agree with Colby. I have a couple 67 mustangs and a 73 Mach I.
2 year(s) ago via
Carl Cuchetti THis is great!
2 year(s) ago via
Irene choi wow. good vehicle~
2 year(s) ago via
Donald Riggin What do you use for a VIN number
2 year(s) ago via
Bush Chernet where ever you go travel with ford.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Young Create A Coupe And Fastback Models And Your Set!
2 year(s) ago via
Bill Farner Stupid question, can I replace my 08 Shelby GT 500 with this body?
2 year(s) ago via
Jimmy Carnline I could have so much fun with a new classic Mustang body shell.. I'd have to go completely modern with it from a new Coyote 5.0, 6 Speed stick, to the latest tech in brakes, suspension and instrumentation.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Malcolm Howell Can Ford Motor Company develop a device to alert drivers that the fuel pump or the water pump is getting weak and soon will need replacement? There are lights on the dash board when other functions need immediate attention, so it appears to me a simple process for a Ford employee to develop and perfect a warning device for the fuel pump and/or the water pump. Please let me know the feasibility of this suggestion.
2 year(s) ago via
Jamie At Ford Hi Richard, If you ordered a new Raptor, congrats! I’ll be happy to provide you with status updates if you PM me your VIN or dealer name & order number. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to watch a specific truck be built, however you can make an appointment to tour the factory! Find the information online at: www.TheHenryFord.org or by calling: (800) 835-5237. Jamie Ford Customer Service Division
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ed Rohrbaugh How do you register something like this? You can't use the VIN from a donor car.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shawn Roberts got to love ford
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Tongue Ford Motor Company PLEASE ANSWER THIS!!!!! Why oh why can't you do this for some of the cherished European (well British) Fords. It's a joke, you can buy a complete shell ( and most mother components) for a MGB or a Stag or a Mini and you can't even get a front wing (fender) for a Capri??? The market would be there for MKI & MKII Cortinas, MKI & MKII Escorts, MKI & MKIII Capris and MKI Sierras.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Justin Otis Hard Top > Convertible
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel Arturo Juárez Ascencio COOL!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lucy Eastman My nephew would like this may be he could finish up that car sitting in his dad's garage!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rakan Mizury i love all ford very good car
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
What a nice dream that become true now. thanks a lot ford.
2 year(s) ago via
Pat Helms We would love too have a new 1965 Ford Mustang !! WE think Ford should build them again ??
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Colby Stanley why stop with the 1965? why not sell several different iterations of the classic mustangs, fully built too, at Ford dealers all around America?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Paul McWilliams I think that Ford should build a few of the cars,and sell them at Ford Dealerships,with updated engines,and drivetrains,they would make a fortune!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Zachary Davis Great idea. I like it. By reviving the classics. But why doesn't this company produce them? I mean why doesn't this company build the cars with new powertrains and sell those? More profit margin that way.
2 year(s) ago via
Zachary Lee Page for the low price of $15,000 for just the body
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Frank Denardo like to build one of those as a stock model
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Paul Potvin Aren't the other Dynacorn bodies Ford approved?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cesar Mendez Agudelo I'd like to see it...i can't imagine how good it can be
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Agus Wahyudi I like ford ranger....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle Jenkins Wow;)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shannon Stangen-Grafe That is soo awesome.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Richard Barnett Hey can you watch a Raptor be built if someone was to buy one
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