Ford revives classic '64-'66 Mustang - offered as a body shell [video]

Ford has begun selling new body-shells for the classic, first-generation Mustang with prices starting at $15,000

Ford has revived the 1964-1966 Mustang.

It's not as simple as walking into a dealership and ordering the classic Ford Mustang but you can buy a new body-shell of the first-generation model (the convertible too) and begin to 'restore' it yourself using Ford-approved classic parts.

Prices for the 1965 Ford Mustang body shell start at $15,000. The new shell uses modern steel and welding techniques that makes it actually stronger and more durable than the original.

Once you have the body shell you'll need the powertrain, suspension, brakes, electrical system and interior trim to build the car, which you can take from an existing first-generation Mustang or can purchase from suppliers.

The '64-'66 Ford Mustang is the most ubiquitous of all classic models. It is the most insured classic car by Hagerty Insurance, the U.S.'s largest insurer of collectable automobiles.

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America's Favorite Classic Mustang - the '65 Convertible - Returns with All-New Ford-Approved Body Shell

  • The original Mustang - America's favorite classic convertible - can now be assembled complete with all-new Ford-approved restoration parts
  • New first-generation Mustang body shells can be made into '64½, '65 or '66 models, depending on the trim and powertrain that is installed during the rebuild
  • New '65 Mustang body shells are made with stronger steel and use modern welding techniques, making them better than the original

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 28, 2011 - It's a classic car lover's dream come true: Now it is possible to build a '64½, '65 or '66 Mustang convertible from the wheels up using the all-new Ford-approved and officially licensed body shell.

The body shell for the original Mustang convertible, now in production and available for restorers as a Ford-licensed restoration part, gives classic car enthusiasts a new option in putting their classic dream Mustang ragtop back on the road.

"The 1964-66 Mustang is the most restored vintage vehicle. But the number of original 1964-66 vintage bodies is shrinking every year," said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager. "Most of the original Mustangs left in scrapyards are rusted or wrecked beyond repair. The new body shell is made of virgin metal and uses modern welding techniques. It comes rustproofed, and after final adjustment and finish preparation of the body panels, it is ready for painting and final assembly."

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. Original parts that can't be reused from an old Mustang can be replaced with Ford-approved restoration parts. Mondrach says that nearly all the parts needed to build a complete new 1964-66 Mustang convertible, except for some minor body hardware, are now available from Ford-approved classic parts suppliers.

Ford-approved Mustang restoration parts can be found at www.fordrestorationparts.com.

For a restoration part to be approved by Ford, suppliers must meet or exceed the fit, finish and quality of the original, said Mondrach. 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 Mondrach.

The '65 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 '65 Mustang. "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," Christina said.

The '65 body is in production now and can be delivered by freight truck to any address. The '65 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 '65 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 1964-66 Mustang has long been America's most popular classic car of the postwar era. It is frequently the No. 1 most insured car at Hagerty Insurance, the world's No. 1 insurer of classic and collectible cars.

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 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.


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Comments (8)

Tackleberry Tackleberry
Well Shaahinmt took the words out of my mouth, secondly why would you want an unsafe, brand new 50 year old convertible. Once its all been said and done its still a "replica". With paint , drivetrain interior, labour your into about $60000 for a REPLICA. You could get a new 2012 Shelby for that. faster better safer and its real. get rid of time wasters like this, get rid of NASCAR as there is nothing to be learned from it. NASCAR doesnt provide any new road going technology. F1 as expensive as it is creates new tech that eventually ends up in road going cars. American automakers will always be behind the rest of the world as long as they have the good ol boys in mind.
Nov 1st, 2011 6:08pm
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
go play with ur ipad kid.
Nov 1st, 2011 10:05pm
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Tackleberry Tackleberry
maybe you should let go of the past gramps.
Nov 1st, 2011 11:16pm
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
u must be very pleased with the ipod connectivity and the toaster'y shape of ur scion xb.
Nov 9th, 2011 12:19am
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vilivo vilivo
I hope this can be exported out of the US. I once bought a similar Camaro kit (not from Chev) and regretted it. Being an original Ford, it will make a great shell for a weekend project.
Nov 1st, 2011 5:13pm
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Hellbound Hellbound
If they have 95% of the parts available brand new, how much would the shell plus all the available parts cost in total?
Nov 1st, 2011 1:57pm
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
these body shells have been on sale with license from ford for a few years. they even have Chevy and Pontiac body shells with license from GM. http://www.dynacornclassicbodies.com/classic2.html
Nov 1st, 2011 5:10am
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Perhaps the newest (and best) "classic" to be reintroduce by an official carmaker. I would call this a proper special edition. Ford is smart to look into niche automotive areas such as car restoring and make it in a new way. I wonder Porsche would reintroduce the 1973 classic legend - the 911 Carrera RS 2.7.
Nov 1st, 2011 4:28am
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