My mom bought a brand new 65 Mustang, it was a 289 2bbl coupe, but it did have a 3 speed on the console.
Burgundy with a black interior. In 66 my dad, mom and my brother and (oh and our 65 lb lab) drove from NY to Chicago through Canada!
I think we had the optional seat belts.
I remember my dad doing 80 across the plains of Canada.
I took my road test in that car in 1973.
Fast forward to 1974, my parent offered me the car as my first driver; only had 65k on it, but no one wanted their mom’s old car and Mustangs weren’t that uncommon.
I ended up buying a 68 Chevelle Malibu 327/325.
They ended up keeping the stang until 1985 and then it had just 102k on it.
Almost totally original, except we had to replace the drivers door that was hit by a truck.
I wasn’t in a position to take the car on and they ended up selling it for $3000, to a father son who were going to do a resto.
It was a really clean original owner unmolested car with almost no rust.
I remember my dad buying the Ford factory service manual, it said 1965 Ford Falcon and Mustang; we all know why that was.
I had many good times in that car with my girlfriend and friends.
Boy it was scary in the snow with those small bias ply tires.
Great story Dave, car looks great and sounds even better.
Take good care of it.