Ready to Build a Brand New 1965 Mustang Convertible?

By Ford Social Member

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
Mike Colvin 05/31/2014
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.
Josh Willuhn 11/11/2011
1964-1969 Ford Mustangs 11/08/2011
what a wonderful idea! And affordable compared to the route I took of rebuilding a classic '68 Stang.
john 11/04/2011
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
Jason Lewis 11/04/2011
Is it made in China ? ;)
Andrew Weigle 11/02/2011
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!!!!
Jeffrey Hollingsworth 11/02/2011
I agree with Colby. I have a couple 67 mustangs and a 73 Mach I.
Carl Cuchetti 11/02/2011
THis is great!
Irene choi 11/02/2011
wow. good vehicle~
Donald Riggin 11/01/2011
What do you use for a VIN number
Bush Chernet 11/01/2011
where ever you go travel with ford.
John Young 10/31/2011
Create A Coupe And Fastback Models And Your Set!
Bill Farner 10/31/2011
Stupid question, can I replace my 08 Shelby GT 500 with this body?
Jimmy Carnline 10/31/2011
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.
Malcolm Howell 10/31/2011
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.
Jamie At Ford 10/31/2011
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: or by calling: (800) 835-5237.

Ford Customer Service Division
Ed Rohrbaugh 10/31/2011
How do you register something like this? You can't use the VIN from a donor car.
Shawn Roberts 10/31/2011
got to love ford
Dave Tongue 10/31/2011
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.
Justin Otis 10/31/2011
Hard Top > Convertible
Daniel Arturo Juárez Ascencio 10/31/2011
Lucy Eastman 10/31/2011
My nephew would like this may be he could finish up that car sitting in his dad's garage!
Rakan Mizury 10/31/2011
i love all ford very good car
What a nice dream that become true now.
thanks a lot ford.
Pat Helms 10/31/2011
We would love too have a new 1965 Ford Mustang !! WE think Ford should build them again ??
Colby Stanley 10/31/2011
why stop with the 1965? why not sell several different iterations of the classic mustangs, fully built too, at Ford dealers all around America?
Paul McWilliams 10/31/2011
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!
Zachary Davis 10/31/2011
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.
Zachary Lee Page 10/31/2011
for the low price of $15,000 for just the body
Frank Denardo 10/31/2011
like to build one of those as a stock model
Paul Potvin 10/31/2011
Aren't the other Dynacorn bodies Ford approved?
Cesar Mendez Agudelo 10/31/2011
I'd like to see it...i can't imagine how good it can be
Agus Wahyudi 10/31/2011
I like ford ranger....
Kyle Jenkins 10/31/2011
Shannon Stangen-Grafe 10/31/2011
That is soo awesome.
Richard Barnett 10/31/2011
Hey can you watch a Raptor be built if someone was to buy one