Ford offering unpainted body shells for '64 1/2, '65
This is not Mach 1 information, but significant Ford Mustang information that was in today's Detroit News. Who knows, maybe down the road?...
Ford releases unpainted bodies for classic Mustang convertibles
Alisa Priddle/ The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. has the perfect body for classic Mustang aficionados.

The automaker is offering unpainted body shells that can be made into 1964 1/2, 1965 or 1966 Mustang convertibles, depending on the restoration parts and powertrain that the buyer installs during the rebuild.

But unlike a restoration, the metal is new and the welds solid, making it a durable template for those wanting an alternative way to relive their youth.

The body shell for the original Mustang convertible is now in production and is sold as a Ford-licensed restoration part by Dynacorn International.

Ford will display a new 1965 Mustang body shell Nov. 1-3 at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association show in Las Vegas — parked beside a restored 1965 convertible for comparison.

"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 scrap yards are rusted or wrecked beyond repair," Mondrach said. "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."

Jim Christina, vice president of Dynacorn, said, "We use a modern universal automotive-grade steel that is actually stronger than the original."

The '65 Mustang body shell starts at $15,000. It 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, which are available separately.

Those who buy a shell can choose to buy new a powertrain, suspension and brakes, electrical systems, interior and trim — or transfer original parts from another car.

Original parts that can't be reused from an old Mustang can be replaced with Ford-approved restoration parts that are certified as true to original technical drawings, blueprints and specifications.

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.

Customers can find parts at

The Mustang debuted in April 1964. The original pony car sold more than 1.2 million units, including about 174,000 convertibles, before the first redesign in 1967.

(313) 222-2504

From The Detroit News:
Pretty cool. However they should offer it a little cheaper in my opinion. For 15k you can get a real one and restore it. When your buying a body, even though it is very cool, it will require as much work as if you were restoring an original one, and it seems the value would be less since it it probably going to be considered a kit car.

Case in point.
Yeah they are definetly considered a kit car and they have to be liscensed as such, at least here in Arkansas. I've heard from several others that it's that way pretty much all over. Dynacorn has been reproducing 1st gen Camaros convertibles for quite a few years now. They also had been working on a 67-68 fastback mustang but I've never heard if they got that done. As they were having issues with the stamping of the top pieces for the fastbacks? But you can still have a solid structure to start with and no chance of rust issues. Unless you leave it out in the rain!!! 578254 JTS 71 Mach1
They have Mustang fastback shells for

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